Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Letting Her Hair Down

This was the summer Sojo wore her hair down for the first time in years. She has always been a bit of a stickler when it comes to her hair choices--for an entire year, it was only two braids every single day. And then it was one ponytail for months and months. After that came the two ponytail stage, but they had to be 'bunny ears,' which means they were coming out of her head right behind her ears.

Out of nowhere this summer, she started wearing her hair down, and it is so silky and gorgeous. When I asked her about what prompted the change (she always said no when I suggested it before), she said it was only going to be for the summer because she didn't want any of her friends to see her wearing it like that. As I probed a bit deeper, she informed me that she feared if she wore it down here in Saudi, all her guy friends would want to marry her.

I get it, kid. I mean, look at that hair.

Sunday, August 17, 2014


Another of our favorite summer activities was riding BMX bikes. Technically, it was probably just regular bike riding, but Sojo's cousin recently started racing BMX bikes, so he always brought his with him when he visited. And, let's be honest, it sounds cooler to say BMX riding. The area by the docks was perfect for weaving in and out of the poles, and we even headed to the local skate park to give that a whirl. It was a tad freaky with all the big kids doing tricks when the little ones were there, but they held their own and already have plans to do it more next summer.

This summer solidified for us that we want to one day live somewhere and look out at the sea every single day. We just couldn't get enough of collecting rocks and driftwood and simply taking it all in. And walking on the beach with this sweet girl holding my hand was icing on my summer cake. 

Saturday, August 16, 2014

The Summer of the Bunker

Our area of the peninsula is dotted with forts from World War I, and the bunkers look out onto the ocean. The cousins and Sojo were nuts over exploring these, and they loved scrambling all around them and running amok through echoey rooms and tunnels. Our favorite of them all was right in our town, so a beach run was usually included.

Then, they got the idea to take photos of each of them squeezed into these. Super cute and perfect for photos.

Then, my brother, who is downright hilarious and 6 foot 3 inches tall, got into the fun. Sojo is their Chinese guard lion, because everyone needs a guard lion whilst at the bunkers.

Just to make it even more challenging, he then folded his body up to get totally into the hole. At this point, we were falling over laughing. The knucklehead was so jammed in there that we had to pull on his legs to get him out. 

We have a few more bunkers to explore next summer. Can't wait.