Monday, October 20, 2014

First Day in Greece

 We arrived in Greece last night.  Took a taxi to our hotel and walked the streets looking for something to eat.  We finally stumbled upon a local place off a main road and had a yummy traditional dinner and a Greek beer.  The perfect start to our vacation.
 Our hotel last night was nothing fancy.  We just needed a place to lay our heads down for a night.  Turns out, I ended up sharing a TWIN bed with Ethan!  Funny, I had been in the mood lately to bring him back in bed with us (I miss having a baby in our beds to snuggle up with), well I got my fix last night!  I finally had to flip and put his feet by my head and vice versa so I could have a bit of space.  When he woke up, he was confused as to why I was by his feet!  : )
 The hotel had a nice traditional breakfast.... complete with fancy water glasses and fine china.  Not a good option with kids but we were making it work.  Really, our kids were the only ones we saw at the hotel and I had to spend a lot of time "shhh-ing" them.  Little did I know, this was just a glimpse of things to come!
 After breakfast we set out to explore the area around our hotel.  We didn't have to leave until 4 to go find my sister and our overnight boat and we didn't want to go too far because we were able to leave our big backpacks at the hotel.  It didn't take us long to find water and beach!
 Water, beach, and nice weather!  We've been waiting for this!
 Beautiful Greece!


Mommy and the birthday boy!
 It also didn't take us long to find a place to rest (I needed to get this 35 pound "baby" off of my back), get a beer, and find a place to celebrate our birthday boy!  We walked upon this amazing restaurant that was right on the water!  Perfect!
 They had waffles and ice cream to help celebrate the birthday boy!  He knew we were celebrating him however, he didn't realize he was turning three!!!  He needed to be two for the rest of our vacation so he could sleep in our room and we could get him the "free" rate as long as possible!! : )
Walking back to the hotel we took our time.  Found an amazing church.  Turns out they are ALL OVER THE PLACE in Greece and very beautiful!!!  Super ornate!  Amazing!
 On our way past the church we passed a lime tree full of fresh limes for the picking!  The kids were hooked!  Then, we passed a little street-side kiosk (which turns out are on every street corner, sometimes 2-4 per corner) and saw there were selling beer to drink on the go.  So we had one! Street side beer with fresh squeezed lime, yes please!! : )
 Next stop, lunch.  Are you noticing a theme of this vacation yet?!?!  Eating and drinking and we are only on day one!
 I think this was one of our favorite meals!  Super yummy gyros, Greek salad, and tzatziki!  This was suppose to be just a lite lunch, it never is for the Brewsters!
 The kids were a fan too!  Another enjoyable part, eating outside!!!  In Saudi where is it over 100F we are sticking inside a lot.  Here, in Greece, we are going to be outside as much as possible!  It is also much more enjoyable to eat with 3 young kids when we have the freedom of the open space!
 After exploring the area around our hotel Ethan was ready for a nap and we had 3 hours until we needed to leave to get my sister.  We headed back to the hotel to collect our bags and we let Ethan take a nap on the lobby couch!  Perfect!  Our little travelers can sleep just about anywhere!
 While he napped, our kids swam.  The pool was a bit chilly and Addyson was the only one brave enough to swim in the cold!  She swam her heart out.  After that, she change over, we woke up Ethan, and caught the bus!  Our Greek adventures continue!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

5 Minutes with Addyson (5.5 years)

  • What is your full name? Addyson Michele Brewster
  • How old are you? 5 and a half
  • When is your birthday? June 27.... Me- that is Owen's birthday.  When is YOUR birthday? April 27.  (Okay, we are getting closer.  Guess we need to work on that one)
  • What is your favorite color? Purple 
  • Are you spicy or crazy?  Zero
  • Who is your teacher? Mr. Vazquez and Ms. Joannie
  • Where do you go to school?  There at my school
  • What do you like to do at school?  Play on the board (touch screen white board)
  • What is your favorite thing to learn about in school? Elephants
  • What is your favorite thing to watch on tv? News.  As she laughs (Boy, I can tell this is going to be fun!)  Daniel Tiger
  • What's your favorite thing to eat? Fruit Roll-ups (as she is munching on one)
  • What is your favorite restaurant?  Khobar (Actually a large town about an hour from our camp that has a lot of restaurants so that is where we do most of our eating out... but we really eat at home 90% of the time)
  • What is your favorite fruit? oranges
  • What is your favorite snack? crackers
  • What is your favorite vegetable? cucumbers
  • What is your favorite thing to do? Watch a movie
  • What is your favorite toy? Dolls
  • Who is your best friend? Isabella
  • What do you want to be when you grow up? A nurse for dogs
  • Where do you want to live when you grow here?  Canada
  • Who are you going to marry when you get big?  Alex 
  • What is your favorite book? The Fairies
  • What is your favorite movie? Frozen
  • What was your favorite vacation? Going on Trips
  • What is your favorite thing to do on vacation? Eat all day (Sounds like her!)
  • Do you have any pets?  Stella and Sooie
  • What is your favorite animal? fish
  • What is your favorite word? Word Girl
  • What is your favorite song? Jesus Loves Me
  • What is your favorite number? 5
  • What is your favorite letter? A
  • Do you have a brother or sister? 2 brothers
  • What are their names?  Owen and Effie
  • Where do you live? At Saudi Arabia
  • Where does daddy work?  At his work
  • Who is your favorite person? Isabella
  • Who is your favorite person in the family? Mommy
  • What this fun?  No. 
    And that's a wrap!
    Addyson is the fun loving, spicy, make you pull you hair out while you hold back a laugh girl that keeps this family on its toes!  She was born to be a sister!  She is helpful but almost to a fault.  She likes to make people laugh but sometimes tries to at the wrong time.  Right now we are in a stage of life with her where we are trying to guide all of her wonderful traits and get her to use them for good!  She makes you work for a hug but when you get one, it is one of the best hugs you've ever had!  She makes you work to take her picture but when you get on, it is the most beautiful smile! 
    Happy half birthday Addyson, thanks for keeping up laughing while dancing on our toes!


Saturday, October 18, 2014

3 Minutes with Ethan (3 Years)

  • What is your full name? Effan Albert Brewster
  • How old are you? 3
  • When is your birthday? Tomorrow (that is a standard time response)
  • What is your favorite color? orange
  • What is your favorite thing to watch on tv? Bad Turtles (Ninja Turtles)
  • What is your favorite movie?  Bad Turtles
  • What's your favorite thing to eat? Cheese pizza (because of the Ninja Turtles)
  • What is your favorite restaurant? Dinner Restaurant
  • What is your favorite fruit? Grapes
  • What is your favorite snack? bread with Nutella
  • What is your favorite vegetable? carrots
  • What's your favorite juice? Orange juice (he is a HUGE fan!!!)
  • What is your favorite ice cream?  Strawberry
  • What is your favorite thing to do? Play
  •  What is your favorite toy? My giraffe Aric
  • What is your favorite thing to play with? My Ninja Turtle Stuff
  • Who is your favorite friend? Macey and Caley
  • What do you want to be when you grow up? Play Basketball
  • What are your dog's names? Stellie Ba-nellie (our nickname for her)
  • What is your favorite animal? Giraffe
  • What is your favorite word? B M M O T
  • What is your favorite thing to say?E M M N O P 2 O S
  • What is your favorite song?  ABCs
  • What is your favorite number? 3
  • What is your favorite letter? 3
  • Are you a boy or girl? boy
  • Are you sad or happy? Happy!!
  • Where do you live? Live to the house
  • Where does mommy live? You live in the house too!
  • Where does daddy live? House too like us!
  • Where does daddy work? He works out the doggie door
  • Who is your favorite person? Maxine and Audrey and Macey and Caley
  • Is there anything else you want to tell me? I go to school
  • Do you have a brother or sister? brother and sister
  • What is his name?Owen
  • What is your sister's name?  Addyson
  • What kind of fan are you? BIG
  • Are you spicy or crazy?  crazy!
  • Where do you go to school? Outside
  • What is your teacher's name? Roxanne (that was a babysitter- He goes to Ms. Teressa's school 3 times a week)
  • Was this fun? Yep! 
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  • Some funny things he says- Turn the dark on.  Where is the kamote (remote).  His funny joke to say about people is, "You are a Owen baby poopie diaper".  He is very big on potty talk.  He is also dramatic, like "I'm super, super, super, super, super, super, super thirsty" 
  • One day I said, "You are the best" to which he responded, "No Mommy, YOU are the best!  I love you SO much!"  That made up for all of the times he makes me want to pull my hair out.  : )  He is sweet and loving but also strong and opinionated.   He still has his scream he has had since day 1.  He is quick to give hugs and has the best greeting when he sees someone, he is genuinely happy!  Love it!
Happy 3rd Birthday Little Man!!!!  We love you more than you'll ever know!

5 Minutes with Owen (7.25 Years)

  • What is your full name? Kurtis Owen Brewster
  • How old are you? 7
  • When is your birthday? June 27
  • What is your favorite color? Red, blue, white, and black.
  • What is your favorite thing to watch on tv? Ninja Turtles
  • What is your favorite movie? Elf Story
  • What is your favorite store? Toys R Us 
  • What's your favorite thing to eat? Toast
  • What is your favorite restaurant? Flying Burrito (on camp he likes to go to the Golf Shack)
  • What is your favorite fruit? Seedless grapes
  • What is your favorite snack? Fruit roll-ups
  • What is your favorite vegetable? Carrots
  • What is your favorite candy? Gum
  • What is your favorite thing to do? Play video games (on the weekends) (I would say he loves to watch YouTube to try to figure out how to make lizard traps and traps to catch other animals)
  • What is your favorite toy? My stuffed animals
  • What is your favorite thing to play with? My stuffed animals
  • What was your favorite birthday present?  My favorite?!?!  I can't pick.  Um, Dawson gave me a key chain with money on it.  I liked that.
  • Who is your best friend? Eric
  • What is your favorite thing to do at school? Go to recces
  • What is your favorite thing to learn about? Science
  • What do you want to be when you grow up?  Football player
  • What is your favorite sport?  Football
  • Do you have any pets? cat (we also have a dog but the cat is Owen's cat)
  • What is your favorite animal? Big Cats
  • What if your favorite animal at the zoo?  Bear
  • What has been your favorite country you have visited? Germany
  • What has been your favorite thing to do on vacation? Exploring
  • What is your favorite thing to say? "You can do it!"
  • What is your favorite song? The Razorback Song (Fight Song)
  • What is your favorite number? 7
  • What is your favorite letter? O
  • What is your favorite book? Joke Books
  • Where do you live? Saudi Arabia
  • Where does daddy work?  In the Leadership Center
  • Who is your favorite person?  Daddy and Mommy and Ivy (our nanny)
  • Who is the funniest person in the house?  Effie
  • What do you think about your sister? I wonder what she is doing.
  • What do you think about your baby brother? I think he is always crazy
  • What kind of fan are you?  A Razorback fan!
  • Where do you go to school? Ras Tanura Elementary school
  • What grade are you in?  2nd
  • Anything else? My favorite bugs are beetles
- Owen is our sensitive kid who is very in-tune with others and their feelings.  He is an animal lover and an explore.  He is inquisitive and wants to know more about people and the world!  He is sporty and has an interest in several sports and is starting tennis this semester.  He is the one that brings love and lots of emotion to this house and for that, we love him!
A little late but my Grandma always said, "Better late than never!"  Happy 7th Birthday Owen!  We love you more than you'll ever know!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

My Opa

Today we laid to rest one of the most loving men in my life.  My heart is sad but I am happy for him for he has finally be reunited with my Oma, the love of his life, and they are dancing away in heaven and eating chocolate cake.  He is now eternally happy.  Here is what I wrote about him to be read at his funeral.


Hard working, dessert loving, German speaking, always joking, warm loving, bingo playing, entrepreneurial , immigrant are just a few words we can use to describe our Opa. 
 
Our Opa came to Canada with $100 in his pocket in search for work while his wife and two young kids waited for him in Germany.  He found work, brought his young family over on the Seven Seas boat, bought a house, and started a company.  He paved the way for a better life for not only himself, his wife, their children Klaus and Gabriela, but also his future daughter-in-law Marlene, his future grandchildren; Ricky, Jenny, Ambre, Becky, and Dieter and also his future great-grandchildren; Kevin, Gary, Owen, Addyson, and Ethan.   

From him we learned about hard work as we saw our Opa head out to work every morning for his sheet metal business working long hours to get the job done.  We learned about being good natured as we saw him greet the people he saw on his daily route either at Tim Hortons or the people he did work for, he didn’t know a stranger.  He taught us about working hard so we can play hard.  He was known to make time daily to watch his favorite Soap Opera The Young and the Restless , he would meet Oma and the grandchildren at the plaza for a midday snack, and he and Oma often enjoyed trips to Las Vegas or Germany.  He taught us to enjoy the small things especially if the small things were sweet or came in small packages like a hard candy or piece of chocolate cake.  From him we also learned about loving your family despite the challenges you face or the miles between you.  He was always the first one to call on your birthday and he never showed up empty handed to your house even remembering to bring a treat for your furry pet.  

They say
“The true measure of a man is not what he dreams, but what he aspires to be; a dream is nothing without action. Whether one fails or succeeds is irrelevant; all that matters is that there was motion in his life. That alone affects the world.”
Mike Norton, White Mountain
Opa was a man of action.  A man that affected the world, made it a better place for all those he came in contact with.  He will be missed but his legacy lives on.  He is in a better place; with Oma dancing in heaven and sharing a doughnut with his daughter Gabby.  He is now eternally happy. 
We love you Opa and will see you again one day.

I’ll leave you with words our Opa would say;
“I wish you ALL the best and many more returns.  Don’t be sad.  I’ve had a good life.  I’m happy now.  So happy.  Enjoy one last cookie on me!”