Saturday, November 19, 2011


The kids finished the school year on June 8 and on June 10, the kids and I were off to the states.  I probably can't tell you how ready I was to go home.  The only sad thing was that we left Mark at KAUST for 8 weeks.  This was not the easiest thing for either of us so we will probably re-think how we do this next summer.

The month or so before we left, we had to decide what we were going to do about transportation once we arrived in the states.  It was going to cost about $5000 to rent a car for the three months that we would be there so we looked into purchasing a car.  Thanks to my wonderful dad, we purchased a 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan from the Chrysler lot.  He helped get the transaction done for us too which was so nice of him.  The kids and I flew into Washington DC and my dad generously drove down to DC to pick us up.  It saved quite a bit of money because the flight from DC to Detroit was going to add up for six people.

The flight to DC was uneventful and my dad and our cousin Lucy met us at the airport.  I remember going through immigration and just being so grateful that I could carry on a conversation with the person working there.  I promised I wouldn't kiss the ground when I got there, but I sure felt like it!!!  For as many problems that there are in the US, I really think we are blessed to have such a wonderful country.  You really can't appreciate some of the freedoms you have until you live without them!  Not to get all political - but please remember that when you're voting in the elections next year - it is a very important one!!!

So back to our trip....we arrived and got through customs very easily.  Found my dad and Lucy - my dad made me cry because he was so happy to see all of us. We hopped into our van and off we went.  We decided to stay about an hour outside of the DC and then drive the rest of the way the next day.  We got to our hotel and headed out for dinner at Ruby Tuesday.  Everyone was pretty exhausted as the flight was all of our "day" time.  It was about 9 pm Jeddah time when we landed and by the time we got to dinner it was probably midnight Jeddah time.  Lizzie was so tired, she was falling asleep in her macaroni and cheese - poor girl.

Over the summer, we saw lots of friends, ate out a lot and had a great time.  Spencer played on a tennis team, attended Youth Conference and High Adventure.  Megan attended Girls Camp.  Rachel, Alex and Lizzie took tennis lessons and the little girls took some skating lessons too.  Alex attended Cub Scout camp.  I travelled to Jacksonville and Boston for work and we spent a weekend in Rome, NY for my cousin Stacey's wedding.  Here are a bunch of pictures from the summer.

Spencer and Alex enjoying a day out on the boat

Mom and dad and my nephew Nathan

Rachel, Abby, Lizzie, Nathan and Alex

My cousin Stacey and her Groom Steve

The family - except for Mark :-(

Enjoying ice cream at Nicky Doodles

Nicholas and Nathan

Keeping cool on the 4th of July!

Enjoying the pool at my cousin Kristen's house

Kristen's cute daughter Dani

Can't get better than ice cream at the pool!

Enjoying the ward picnic at the Park

Cayenne, Doug and George jamming out
A little tubing at Grandma and Grandpa's house

My babies turned 10 on August 4

Grandma and Grandpa with the triplets

More summer to come....Mark arrived back in the states on Aug 5 and we took our family vacation out to Utah to visit his family.


  1. Yea! I'm so glad to hear from you again. What a great start to summer. I love the pictures...made me really miss your family. Tell them all hello!

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