Thursday, April 10, 2014

Archie comix

Yes, it's been a while. We've been busy. Egypt has been a mess.

Here are some snaps of Thomas from the middle school production of Cinderella. Thomas' year was just the chorus, and he personally did not feel a strong affinity with the story. But I think he still had a good time. Why?

Those two girls sitting next to him. Thomas, like all his friends, has had a crush on dark-haired Genevieve, from Australia, for years. Rory, the little red-head, is new, and she's from Maine! Her family is in the military and was stationed near Machiasport.

Thomas is obsessed with Archie comics- he found an old trove of them in the "teen room" at Maadi house, and he likes to sneak in and read them. Lately he has been musing about Archie's methods for juggling two girlfriends. He seems to want to arrange something similar for himself with these two lovelies.

Of course, we've recently learned that Archie meets an untimely end- so maybe he isn't such a good model after all-

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013


Thomas' class is studying ancient egypt.  A few weeks ago they had their class assembly.  Thomas played Anubis, god of death.  

He was, predictably, awesome.  Below is one of the musical numbers where the class builds the pyramids.  Turn your sound way up.  More.  Ok, lean in.  Ready?  Here you go:

Sorry about the poor sound quality.  Something's wrong with the speaker on my phone.

Here is another Thomas poem:

In Emmett'c class, each child takes home the class stuffed animal, Floppy the dog.  Then you write a little journal entry about what you and your family did with Floppy that night.  The kids draw a picture or illustrate the text with a photo.  This time we illustrated Floppy's adventures with a photo.

In this picture he is battling a lego man mounted on a robotic dragon.

I never did hear what the class thought of our Floppy entry.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Fall album

Some shots from summer and fall:

arriving in nyc at grand kath's studio:

Dinner with Grandpa Peter and Grandma Susan after circus camp.

Visit with Aunt Carola

Ok-- now skip ahead, arriving back in Cairo in August, and being some of the only expats there:

After the Rabaa massacre, in Tel Aviv: 

Our first beach with waves

Tel Aviv is a great, interesting city right on the beach!

Spelunking in a stallegmite cave near Jerusalem.

Back in Cairo, alhumdillallah.

First maadi house birthday of the season:

Fall Eid camping trip to Fayoum and the Whale Valley:

When they said there are ancient whale skeletons sitting out on the sand, this wasn't actually what I pictured:

Staying at the Fayoum Auberge Hotel, which was the former hunting lodge of King Farouk

Dave takes on hordes of children:

That's Fayoum Lake behind Emmett.  Its a giant oasis. 

And then off to London, and a ride on the giant "London Eye" glass ferris wheel.

We didnt get to meet the Royal Baby, but we did feed some ducks.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Thomas antics

Ok- not quite Tel Aviv yet:

Here Thomas and Emmett perform the hit song from two summer's ago, Call Me Maybe

Emmett started signing it out of nowhere, and then Thomas came up with the routine.  He would only allow Emmett to join in for the chorus.

Here is another Thomas poem about Rain.  It was originally written as a "shape" poem with each sentence filling a drop of rain.

rain is slippery and shiny 
dripory and tiny.

splash and 

splish splash splosh 
rain dish dash 

Fireballs and raindrops
Fire falls 
and danedrops

silver from 
the sky to the
ground gold 
from the sky

nothing to the ground.

what cools
the sun in summer
But ruins

your day

In other news, someone shot a rocket propelled grenade at a satellite near our house.  this is the first time the bubble of maadi has been touched.  Im pretty sure it wasn't Thomas though.