Friday, March 30, 2007

Blueberry Ice Cream

"My favorite ice cream is blueberry ice cream", Jad informed me this evening. "Oh really?" I asked, mentally running through the ice cream choices here in Muscat... "Have you ever tasted blueberry ice cream?". "No" Jad replied. "Well, then, how do you know it's your favorite flavor?" "Because I have blue eyes" he informed me knowingly. Ahh! Blue eyes - of course! Never question the wisdom of a four-year old, eh?

Nothing to do with blue eyes, but I've finally posted pictures of our January trip to Thailand, starring playing cousins, surfing dudes, dolphins riders - and much more! Check them out at:

Monday, March 19, 2007

Jad Wins!

Jad says 'I want it to be a baby brother'Danna says 'I want it to be a baby sister'The scans are in... and the little speck of static on the Ultrasound screen was... shall we say... fairly revealing! It's a BOY! Due date? Beginning of July, in Oklahoma City.

Next job - to pick a name to replace the kids' current favorite: "Baby Waby". Our kids have been named based on the countries they were born in - thus the Zimbabwean "Jendaya", and the Arab "Jad" and "Danna".

Do you know any good Oklahoman names?
Posted by Picasa

Sunday, March 18, 2007

When it rains, it POURS!

So you may have figured out by now that it doesn't rain a whole lot in Oman. If we get rain 2-3 times in twelve months, where're probably having really wet year! What you may not know though is that when it does rain... it really comes down - both falling from the sky and rushing down the mountains which form a natural wall on the south side of Muscat.

A gentle sprinkle last night quickly turned into a deluge of almost biblical proportions... causing flash floods down the wadis (dry river beds) that crisscross Muscat. A nice, paved road one minute, became a raging river the next. My drive to work missed the worst of this storm, but I did get to drive my tiny Daihatsu Sirion through about a foot of standing water!

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Retiring Parents

As I am typing this, my parents, Gerry and AJ Milligan are flying back to the US
to begin their retirement. They served with the same organization for 31 years
overseas in various places-- the Gaza Strip, Jordan, Romania, the UAE, Albania, Egypt and even a spell in China! Their "stick-to-it-ness" is definitely an example to me! Anyway, I just wanted to 'tip my hat' to them and let them know how proud I am of
their work and service!
Posted by Picasa