Tuesday, 13 September 2011

A Whole Summer of Fun

Where to begin? The beginning seems like a great place but so much has happend, I'll try to be brief. Leaving our new home for an extend stay back in North America was a daunting task yet more appealing then saying to have a baby here in Dubai during summer and Ramadan so off we go. A short stay in London to "see the sights" as Emilee called it.

So that was London, loved it. Back on a plane and Calgary bound, love that more. We arrived home with little incident, Grammy and Papa were very happy to pick us up. It took a few days to get over the colds we brought with us and make the final time zone adjustments. We enjoyed Emilee's bouncy castle birthday party and sadly had to say bye to Dad for a few weeks in TX. We made due with a visit from Auntie and cousin B all the way from Nashville, TN. Brexton loved the Calgary Stampede, almost enough for all of us! It was a lot of fun to Stampede with all our cousins from my family, our girls have missed Abbi and meeting here new sister was a lot of fun too.

Dad made it back safe from Texas just in time to take his place as chief loose tooth parent, not for mom so pregnant and the first one made me squemish. Anna took a bite of lunch and complained, we brushed it off until she showed us her tounge nearly pushing the tooth right over. It took a few days but out it came.

My due date was quickly approaching, as was our travel date back to Dubai - just a little stressful. But after much waiting Ethan made his entry into the world. It was wonderful to hold him and see how excited his sisters were, well sister but Emilee quickly learned to be excited.

A great set of circumstances lead to a great set of pictures of our little man in his dads hockey gear, too fun. There is a whole FB album, too many to share here but we have a lot more here.

We loved having little Ethan join our family, although it does seem as though he has always been here. We think he is a perfect mix of his sisters, features similar to Anna and coloring like Emilee. After coming into the world at 8.1lbs and 20" he quickly grew to 8.8lbs and 21.5" at his three week check up. The next few weeks flew by, full of fun and taking care of a new baby.

We enjoyed a special day in the Rocky Mountians just a less than an hour from my parents home. It was a beautiful afternoon, the light was amazing - beautiful children help too ;)

It was a great day of fresh air, roasting hot dogs and time spent together, so beautiful especially as we drove away.

We wanted Anna to have a chance to celebrate her birthday surrounded by her family, something fun was in order. After some great nights spent Wii bowling in Grammy and Papas basement, we thought a bowling party would a perfect fit. 


As you can see it went very well. It was a great chance to visit with everyone and unfortunately say our last goodbyes until next summer. We loved spending time with our family, enjoying milestones and the every day things together. We tried to stock up on our favorite things of home before we make the long trip back to Dubai, I can still taste a good alberta steak, BBQ just right- mmmm. We eventually, after a visa setback did make it back to Dubai and just in time for the girls to start school, literally.

There are so many stories and SOOO many photos I have not included but its not a novel just a blog post. Hope you enjoy it, thank you for reading all this way always, big hugs and lots of love ~the Andersons