Sunday, December 21, 2014

Prague Arrival

Dec 19: 2 a.m. pickup to airport.  Everything went smoothly until we pulled away from the gate.  Then one of the passengers decided he wasn't going to fly with us.  Stop plane, unload belly bags, spend ridiculous amount of time going through every bag in the cabin to find any that don't belong.  We left an hour late and saw our two-hour Athens layover slip.  Slept 2.5 hour to Athens. Arrived in Athens to transfer between terminals.  Dip passports are a problem.  Greece requires visas for Dip passports even on transfers.  Guy is really annoyed with us, ian argues, we hear the words "turn you around," Ian regains calm, we get stamped, and discover that to move from one terminal to the next we actually enter Greece. Who designed that airport? Find next gate 10 minutes before boarding, thankful that in Amman we got boarding cards for both legs. Spend the second flight worried we would be rejected from Czech Republic.

Czech Republic doesn't even have immigration for our flight.  Hello E.U.

Find a place to eat. Wait 1.5 hours for Gormans.  Yay, Gormans!  Wait 1.5 hours with 2 Gorman boys for Katherine.  Yay, Katherine!  Wait 30 mins for shuttle bus to doentown Old Town.  8 people, 8 seats.  Phew.  Shuttle bus takes an hour and drops us at the only stop it makes, across the street from the hotel.  Cool.  Try to return Gorman boys, no Gorman parents around.  Track them down, head out to the big market, fall in real serious bidding interest with Prague.  Cold, but not awful.  Pretty lights. Yummy food. Walking and walking and walking.

We all bought executive lounge privileges which provides a gathering space for breakfast, dinner, games, movies, and unlimited snacks and drinks.  There are 8 kids between us, that's a lot of snacks and drinks.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Apparently we have a new tree topper.


Doesn't everyone have a decapitated reindeer head on top of their tree?

(Decapitated reindeer head thanks to the Thomas Family.)

This always happens...

So right after I say how Boring and Dull and Quiet and SAME everything is (and trust me, I LIKE boring and dull and quiet and same, because adrenaline junkie I am not, nor do I like any sort of change, ever, which makes this lifestyle a really interesting choice) this sort of thing happens.

His voice has dropped!  He's taller than Becca (OK, not a hard thing to do)! He's shaving! He's growing up! His father is encouraging this! He's only 14! Someone make it stop!






 No more upper lip peach fuzz!

What do you blog about when there's nothing to blog about??

I feel like such a blogger loser these days.  There's nothing new going on.  Plenty IS going on, but nothing NEW.  It's all been done before. I mean, here's a picture of this year's tree:


Another year. Another tree.  This is a new pre-lit tree which is really nice to have, and the cats have left it alone, and the only presents under it right now are ones I have wrapped for the rest of my family. Not one for me.  I've checked.

Here's the latest 17 year old in the family:


Another year.  Another birthday.  We took her out to dinner with a couple friends to Reem Al-Bawadi, and today she and I spent time at the mall(s) choosing a couple new sweaters and a dress for her.  She needs new clothes like a hole in the head, but don't let her know I said that. We had Pink Berry and just chatted about life, the universe, and everything.

Here's a picture of Thanksgiving:


Another year. Another precooked turkey from AECSA. But this year I made some pretty awesome mashed potatoes and we skipped all the stuff people didn't like and replaced with stuffing, raw green beans, raw carrot sticks, and a single baked sweet potato for me. The "no fail 7-up biscuits" were a disaster but got eaten anyway, because, hey it's kinda bread. And that guy who doesn't look like he belongs had his first ever Thanksgiving dinner at our house.

So there you have it.  Three fun, normal, yearly, things.  In a couple weeks there will be new stuff, but until then... 

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Rain Day


It's a lovely 40somethingF outside.  And rainy.  Yuck.


What's more fun is when it starts coming inside.  Around electrical things.  These lovely gray boards are gray because of water damage. And the current dripping


The floor below is drenched by the drippy ceiling.


And then there's the kitchen door that always leaks when it rains. The kids actually put towels down!


And here's a picture of the cat that needs a new home.  You want him, don't you.  You know you do.


Monday, November 3, 2014

They call me...


RoboMom


So no one panics: My EKG was fine and apparently I have what's called Costochondritis, and it'll go away on it's own.