The window in our dining room slides open to the outside... the kids use this as an ordering window! : )Thursday is our Friday... and Friday is our "Sunday"... and Saturday is our "Saturday" but really it is the last day of the weekend because Sunday is our "Monday". Crazy.... but we'll get the hang of it! So Thursday was the end of our first full week in Saudi. The kids and I spent it just hanging out at the house!! That was REALLY nice to do. It was nice to have no where to go and nothing to do... beside finish unpacking... I'm down to the last suitcase and a half... and it is just sitting in my closet waiting for me to unpack it.... it can wait! : ) I look at it like this, our furniture isn't here.. and probably won't be until the end of October if we are lucky... so what's the point unpacking everything and organizing it in borrowed furniture and then have to unpack that and rearrange again in a couple of months.... at least this is the rational I use to make myself feel less guilty about remaining luggage.
I had a bit of a weird experience for me at the rec center and it is probably because I'm good at over analyzing EVERYTHING..... 3 Saudi women were working the counter at the rec center; 2 had their faces covered as well.... as I was checking out one woman said, "nice hair".... my hair was in a messy ponytail so there was nothing "nice" about it in my eyes so I immediately thought they were making a comment because my hair wasn't covered... so I worried.... it was brought to my attention that they probably being geuine about their comment and that they like the lightness of my hair... fair skin, light hair, light eyed people are not something you see a lot of in Saudi so that draws them in to us/me.... I noticed our kids get a lot of looks, caressing touches, and people try to talk to them while we are out... for once in our life we are a minority... that takes some getting use to!
"The Aramco Brats' Story"? I haven't watched it but I need to! The story is about how children raised in the Aramco community are "brats" because they don't have to do chores because most families have a house boy that does the chores for them and they don't get jobs like mowing the lawn because there are "lawn boys" that do that and no one would take money from the lawn boy who is trying to support his family back home and give it to an expat kid who doesn't need the money.... at least this is what I'm being told the movie is about.... anyway, we knew the idea of the Aramco brat coming into this move and we want to try to be aware of this and not have our kids turn into "brats"..... while I know they are going to be privileged and get opportunities a lot of their friends back home won't... there are some things we can try to stay on top of..... and helping them learn a good work ethic is one of those.
The smallest size shoe that had was a 1... poor Addyson was clunking around in them and doing her best!!!Long story, short.... we came up with the chores/ reward system to try to figure out a way to get our kids involved in helping around the house and doing chores... chores are no longer just for mommy, daddy, and the house boy.... they have chores too! And when a chore is completed they get a star on their card..... the card already has the treat on it they are working towards.... and when the card is complete they get to cash it in..... which is the long winded way to tell you why we are bowling tonight!