Sunday, July 24, 2011

Kuwait Year 3

Kuwait Tower water station

How quickly time flies!  Is it really the third year?  We arrived back in country a little over a week ago.  This summer has been much harder for me than I thought.  Last year I went a full year before traveling out of county.  This year we took a trip to Greece, but by the time vacation rolled around I was mentally & physically spent.

detail: Kuwait Towers water station

Many of my friends that arrived with us the Summer of 09 have left for new assignments & I think this has been a huge loss for me.  I lost friends left and right.  Being a military spouse change is the only constant, yet every year it is probably the single biggest obstacle for me.  It will be something I never get used to nor accept without kicking & screaming.

detail of the Real Kuwait Towers

So I have 1 year left in this assignment.  Who knew 2 & 1/2 years ago I would ask for a third year in the Middle East?  Who knew I would enjoy living here? I've stretched myself personally, spiritually & creatively.  I am thankful for the rich life I have lived here, but am so torn right now by feelings of sorrow & fear of change.  I hope to snap these wicked feelings.  It is here in Kuwait that our family adopted the policy, "The assignment does not make you, you make the assignment."  If I am to live by these words & more importantly set the example for my kids I need to find some peace. 

Friday, July 22, 2011

Fish & Chips

Many eons ago, well okay April, my family visited this sweet little restaurant Organica.  I had heard from several ex-pat friends that it was a must try.  YUMMY!  So this is the standard my husband & I now hold our fish & chips.  While we were back in the states, Rick was afraid to order fish & chips at another restaurant for fear that they would not live up to the Organica brand.  Yes people, our favorite fish & chips joint is here in Kuwait!  And that last photo is of a deep fried mars bar.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Home Sweet Home

Kuwait, see you in a few weeks

goodbye NY

Allie & alpaca sharing a kiss

does this really need a caption?

B picking blueberries

J picking blueberries

blueberries at Homestead Farm

blackberries not quite ripe

running outside enjoying the scenery

running outside enjoying the scenery

The trip started off a bit rocky as we missed our connecting flight but it was great to be home in the states, even if it was the wrong state!  For the most part I was able to fight off the jet lag.  It seemed to be easier - thank goodness since our trip is not too long this time around.

So I started this post a few days after arriving & now it's the night before we leave.  There are  such bittersweet emotions of not wanting to leave but wanting to get back to "normal" life.  I'll post some more when I get a chance.  I know it's been awhile & I need to get back into the swing of blog things.  I have so much to share as we squished as much as we could in the less than 3 weeks we had.