Monday, February 26, 2018

Farewell Houston (again)!

As of today we have officially been in Dubai for 1 month, but I will try to start from the beginning of our journey. We left Houston on the 25th of Jan, 2018 and we were all excited. If I had to rate us, in my opinion I would say I was the most the most excited about the move, followed by Asher, then Blake and then Pierce. That will be interesting information only if you know where we stand today... who is most settled here in Dubai as of today in my opinion, Pierce would be first, then Blake and I are probably tied and lastly Asher. It is amazing the difference between expectations of a move versus reality in a move.

While our departure was quick, found out in Nov. that Dubai was an option, then traveling to Dubai in Dec. for a sight and see (where you pick our your house and school), followed by coming home to family and friends telling them over Christmas that we were leaving, we had about 1 month to say "see you later" to friends and family, pack our house up in three different segments (shipping to Dubai, storing in Houston, and leaving in the house), stage a house to get ready to put on the market, figure out what we were doing with Goldie, celebrate Pierce's 11th birthday, and not to mention this only child (me) was celebrating her 40th birthday.  Blake says he gave me Dubai for my 40th... he is amazing, isn't he?

Here are just a few of the faces that we got to spend time with you during our busy January.  We are better people having these beautiful people in our lives.  So many of them are not pictured here, but not one should go unnoticed.  You all made this move possible, you helped our hearts get filled up before we entered a country where no one knew our name.  We will be back and you will be one of the first hugs we give.  Thank you and we love you dearly.       

Saying "see you later" to this dog... I can't even explain.  Goldie is still in the US with these sweet people next to me in the picture, they are saints to take on our little horse and love and spoil her rotten (she is sleeping on Emily's bed).  She will join us in April and we are all counting down the days.
The last days also included Blake's last day at the office (I was not able to get a picture :-) and the boys last days at school.  These two had some amazing teachers and we will forever be grateful for Sugarland Baptist and Oyster Creek for making their departure special and memorable.

Friday, February 2, 2018

We are back... are you still there?

We took a few years off from blogging, I needed it but I do regret that those days were not all recorded, maybe I will go back someday. We spent the last 3 1/2 years in Texas (July 2014 - Jan 2018) and now we have moved to Dubai. Our family and friends are once again a long way away, so we are starting back up with the Blog. I need to get my computer set up and figure out how to do this again, but let the documentation begin. We are so excited to show you Dubai... stay tuned. The short story is... we are one week in and we are loving it.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Garage Sale App

You love garage sales... you have got to check out this app... AMAZING!

Garage Sales

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Happy Mother's Day 2014!

To ViVi, Grandma, Nana and Great Mama... we did it... 31 days of blogging just for you.  Happy Mother's Day... You deserve this and much more.  Love Love.

Friday, May 30, 2014

3rd Naming Ceremony in Korea... one more to go. March 2014

We really love the naming ceremonies here in Korea for many reasons.... The biggest being that one more mistress is gone and now on her way to make some money (great job guys) and the close second would be HHI really knows how to throw a party at the naming ceremonies. They are always so much fun filled with streamers, white gloves, lots of photos and several pats on the back... Hats off to the Noble and HHI team... they deserve this one.  Isn't she a beauty.

Meet the name sake... Mr Sam Croft

After the shipyard fun and ship tour... we head to lunch with the gang for speeches and gifts.  More fun... One of our VP's at Noble is a UT alumni.... and the last naming ceremony a 3 string band played "working on the rail road" and our VP got really excited and threw up "the longhorn sign".  As you can imagine in the oil business she was way outnumbered in the room.  So this naming ceremony Blake went to great lengths to get a new song and requested that it be played... have you ever heard a three string band play The TAMU fight song... The lady in the video that comes to speak with Blake is the VP I mentioned.  All in good fun.

After all the fun at the shipyard we all got in our cars and headed to Busan for the night for more fun and eating.  (thanks to some good friends here they stayed with the boys).  The next photos are of our hotel room (amazing) and the banquet to celebrate that night.

Taw Da... I got to wear my red dress.... :-)

This couple means the world to me... Meet Mr. President of HHI and his wife.  Blake is honored to have worked with him and I get emotional every time I think about how involved she was when I delivered Asher here in Korea.  They got word that Blake's wife was having a baby at the hospital and Mrs. President of HHI retired from and she contacted the hospital (told them to do a good job) for our benefit and she even came and visited me in the hospital.  She does not speak English but just having her smile and presence was enough to make me feel like I had a Korean mom in the room.  At this banquet I was not sure if I was going to see them again so I gave them both a big hug and thanked them from the bottom of my heart with tears in my eyes.  I think Mr. President felt so uncomfortable with my tears that he said "why don't we take a picture" and then he sent the following pic to Blake afterwards.  Sweet Sweet family... 

They decorated so cool at our hotel I had to take pics... I love it all.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Family Pics for a local Mag... March 2014

There is a local Magazine here called FLIK (Foreigners Living in Ulsan) and every month they ask different people to be on the cover of the magazine.  We got our turn... and here are some the pics from our free family photo session.  They turned out great for seeing how cold it was outside and we were asked to wear spring clothes.  I showed up with a scarf and jacket but they made me take it off... everyone was a trooper and smiled and it was great for me bc this time these were not my idea so everyone was nice (to me :-)).


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