Thursday, April 26, 2012

Kids Unscripted: Chapter 1

 Welcome to the first episode of Kids Unscripted... where mainly Talia, as Elias is  just 5 months old, speaks her mind in the way only she can.

Talia: (about her doll) "She's not a whole lot little, she's just a little bit big."
Talia's riddle for me: "Is an L an upside-down 7, or a 7 an upside-down L?"
Talia insists that the proper way to say "a long time ago" is "a very far day."
Cousin: (to Elias) "Would you like to be a pilot?"
Talia: "He's not supposed to be a pirate!!!"
Talia: "That water's so wet!"
Talia: "What's your whole name?"
Me: "Adina...etc."
Talia: "It isn't 'Mommy Adina...etc.?'"
Talia: "If you cry when you laugh, it's called a craugh."
Talia: "I think this soap smells like baby ducks."
Me: "Why?"
Talia: "Because it has a picture of a baby duck!"
Talia about Elias: "Mama, he's hugging me!"
Talia: "baby wolves say 'aah-gooooo!'"
Talia: (drawing purple feet for the "ee" sound.)
Me: "What has purple feet?"
Talia: "Sometimes a purple kangaroo!"
At a kid screaming because he didn't get something he wanted in the store:
Talia: "He doesn't need to cry and he needs to say please!"

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Camels: For Decoration, Transportation, and...

This camel greets you in the Abu Dhabi airport.

And this camel can carry heavy burdens.

And this camel is for consumption.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Soap Making

While still in the States I have been soaking up as much as I can and learning how to do things as I find people who can teach me. Something I've always wanted to learn, was how to make my own soap. Making my own liquid laundry detergent or powdered laundry detergent always calls for soap... and this way I can create that step as well.
While I had some AMAZING teachers (who also happen to be my midwives,) they learned from other people or the internet before they shared it with me.

 There are many benefits, besides a ton of creative combinations, to making your own soap. I agree with Miller's Soap Page when they say:

"We've gotten spoiled using our own soap... it leaves you clean without feeling dry and itchy. I've given it to friends who have allergies or skin conditions and they have found it to help them in clearing up the problem. If you have any of the latent chemist in your will LOVE watching the transformation as you mix the lye solution into the fat and continue to watch it change as it cures! No one can walk by a table of curing soap, without having the uncontrollable urge to pick up a bar to touch and smell it."

I helped make two different kinds: Goat milk soap that we scented with orange essential oils, and regular soap scented with "oatmeal, milk and honey" scent. We used the cold process version of soap making, (though it didn't feel like it when we added the lye.) Our fats included coconut oil (good for suds,) olive oil, and Crisco... If it sounds greasy, don't worry, fat and lye react in a really cool way: thickening up and creating the soap you're used to seeing and the final result isn't greasy at all! While goat soap doesn't absorb color well and we left it natural, we used a pretty blue and created a marble effect in the regular soap we made.

 It turned out very pretty, smells amazing, is nice to use and is comforting to know doesn't have nasty chemicals.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Abu Dhabi; From Someone Who's Been There

One of the first things I searched for when I learned that Abu Dhabi would be the next chapter in our family saga was a blog from someone who had already been there. One of the people I found, Mireille, doesn't live there currently, but had quite a bit of documented pictures and facts from the United Arab Emirates.

Her blog Funky Doodle Donkey, has an interesting post from her trip to Abu Dhabi including pictures of the worlds largest mosque, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.

Some interesting statistics she shares:

"Although Abu Dhabi has BIG plans to compete with Dubai, it's already planning LOADS of projects like he Sorbonne, Cleveland Clinic, Guggenheim, and Louvre are on the way and they are building everywhere!! Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates and the richest city in the world. The emirate's 420,000 citizens, who sit on one-tenth of the planet's oil and have almost $1 trillion invested abroad, are worth about $17 million apiece. (A million foreign workers don't share in the wealth.)"