Sunday, May 24, 2009

Matthew Ray is a Graduate...

Matthew Ray graduated from his Egyptian hadonna (preschool) this past weekend. Some of our friends from the States came and helped with the program. He was so proud to be a graduate and we were so proud of him! Matthew Ray and his teachers:
He was so excited! He kept calling his gown his graduation costume....
Our friends from the States...they are so cool and Matthew Ray is their big bud!


Well, we have made SOME progress....but this is, it may take a while to finish everything!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Extreme Makeover-Egypt Edition...

We have some visitors for the next few weeks. They are teaching at Matthew Ray's hadonna (pre-school). They were supposed to paint at the hadonna but the plans were changed and they had a couple of "free", we put them to work at our house! They have been so great to help us with our mini-makeover of the kid's rooms. We decided to move the girls in together and give Matthew Ray his own room. (Don't worry all of you Meredith fans....she wanted to do this and is excited about getting new loft beds for their room).

Another friend of ours is flying in next week and bringing their SUPER cute bedding! Here are the beginning pics of the project. We hope to be done with everything in a few weeks because we still haven't heard back from the man who is making the loft beds....This is, you never know! :) We will update more as the rooms progress.

From pink to CHOCOLATE:
Matthew Ray trying to help Amanda...trying!
Christa working and playing:

This girl didn't stop! Leshay painted EVERY letter of my kid's names....and it was not an easy task! Her reason for being so efficient? "I am stubborn!":)
Melinda and Stacey in the "dungeon" painting letters...

New Friends....

We were invited to eat with some new friends last week. We had such a great time and the food was FABULOUS! I even learned how to make a dish and tried it out this week....yummy!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Madison and Marriage...

For some reason we have had many conversations of marriage lately in the Dunavant household. Madison has been very clear in what she would like her future to look like in regards to this topic: "I am NOT marrying anyone!

Tonight the girls and I were cooking supper together and the topic of marriage came up again. Matt called and was checking on me (such a sweet gesture) and when I got off of the phone I said, "You girls need to marry someone like your daddy. You need to marry someone that loves Jesus more than anything, that treats you like a queen, that "chases" after you, that adores you, and that will take care of you."

Meredith said, "Yeah Madison...that last thing means....don't marry a cheapskate!" Madison put her hand on her hip and said, "Meredith! I am NOT going to marry a CHEESECAKE!"

Madison did go on to say a little later that the reason she is not going to marry anyone is because I took the good one...her daddy!! How sweet it is for her to love her daddy that much....

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Our First Coptic Wedding....We Partied ALL Night!

Last night we attended our first Coptic wedding. Our pediatrician and his dear wife invited us to their daughter's wedding. It was an amazing evening. Stacey, Meredith and Madison spent a few hours at the Coiffure getting pedicures, manicures and their hair done. (totaling $30!) The wedding started at 8 pm at the Coptic church on our street. We arrived at 8 and the bride arrived around 8:20 which is very common here. While we waited we took these pics:

This is Meredith with Mirna. Mirna is in our Bible study.
The bride arrived in a beautiful limo with her mother. Her mother exited the car and then there were many pictures taken of the bride sitting in the car. Here are her parents waiting in anticipation for her to get out of the limo:
We then followed the bride into the church. The bride and groom stand to the side of the platform. There are chairs for them there because there is a lot of standing and sitting during the ceremony. No vows are given. There is much "chanting" by the priests and some things read to the couple.

Madison loved being there:

Here is a video of part of the ceremony. The priest covers the bride and groom with capes (I forgot to ask why).

Side note: On the way home from the wedding Matthew Ray said, "They didn't even say,
You may kiss the bride or nothin! They didn't say you may do anything! That was boring!" We had a good laugh! But that was just the beginning of our evening. We got the kids to a friend's house to spend the night and then Matt and I headed to the reception at a popular hotel.

We were awe-stuck by the was incredible!! Matt and I arrived at around 11 pm and the party was just getting started. We ate appetizers while we waited for the bride and groom to enter. They danced the first dance and then the festivities really began. The buffet opened with ROOMS of was just amazing! The bride and groom sat on a couch as they watched the show's just a clip of it:

All in all it was an amazing evening...we have never seen anything like it! Here we are at 2 am...a little frazzled looking but having a good time! :)

Monday, May 04, 2009

It's Good to Have Friends....

Meredith and her pal...

You know, when you move to a new country one of the main things you worry about is how your children will adjust to a new place away from all of their friends. God has been so faithful to give our children great friends since moving overseas! We are so thankful that they share some things in common and provide endless hours of fun (ending in sleep:) for our kiddos!
Madison and Matthew Ray with their newest friend...exhausted after hours of sword fighting...

Why I love 5 Year Old Boys...especially mine...:)