Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Date a Tanner

Trevor's poor date...
You get fooled to come in for 'just a moment'

Then you get cornered!

Do you see Trev's face?!? SO classic.

She survived!

But only after meeting Grandpa & Grandma & Earl & Peter &&&&&

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!!

First, wonderful blogger will not let me move the order of the photos...Grrrr. SO, pardon the random order!

I am a woman of few words...so I will let the photos show our family's
Christmas in Utah.

However, I need to send special loves to Mom, Dad & David in Korea: I LOVE you & miss you all horribly. There's not a moment that I didn't have you all in my heart. Emily did a fabulous job doing gathering my 'Santa' gifts...thank you.

Joe, Emily & Noah: I'm glad we followed a few holiday traditions together! Cookies, movies & Zoo Lights..Christmas 'musts' for me! Emily, your shopping skills amaze me. THANK YOU for being 'Santa's' helper! Give loves to my Max and kisses for Nephew!

Merry Christmas to all my friends in Iraq!
I'm blessed to have met you all & share some life changing experiences.
Thank you. Thank you & God bless your families.

Christmas 2008:

3 of 5!

Holiday Kisses

Christmas Naps...my favorite kind

I love Bob...even if he is a Boston fan!

Beautiful Laurisa & Kathy

Christmas PJs, Fab Slippers (Thank you parents & Emily!)
& Grandma's decorating magic!

Frosting sugar cookies in St Louis

World's biggest Eagle Fan.
(AKA Thabo)

Amber with beautiful, new Gavin

Happy Peter!

Vanna Alison!

Love these boys

Enough said.
(I already miss him)


Sunday, December 21, 2008

Home Sweet Home

Home & Happy & Lovin my rash-covered nephew!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Fun Snaps

Goodbye Bear Hugs

Breaking the Rules
My Bad Boys
Ready to fly..again

They can think of Acronymns for EVERYTHING else...why did they need to spell this one out?!?
Just, plain, morbid.

Following the Tigris home

Ta-Ta for now... See ya'll soon...

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Wonderful Homemade Breakfast.

Samoon & Fresh, made-this-morning Cream

Thank you Joe.

Your sweet holiday gift made my day.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Everything I need?!?

I asked if they'd show Twilight...yeah...no

Friday, December 5, 2008

Another space

Big Desk, little chair
Nicest Desk EVER
Wish I had time to do my hair
My latte makes life better
My private tent
Empty bunks
My body is spent
No need for rent

Turkish Coffee and other Ramblings

Since my time in the IZ, I've had an obsession with Turkish Tar, I mean coffee.

The way it's made, the variety, and the conversation
that comes with fellow coffee lovers..

Bonus: who can resist the delicate cups it's served in!
The coffee is boiled with sugar until the grounds disolve. Creating this blissful, thick tar.

Coupled with fresh bread, cheese and Iraqi sweets..makes for a Blissful & Buzzed afternoon!
Now. To jump subjects (I'm known for this):
I took this photo of a team member's ring on our travels:

Cool ring huh?
Although, we forgot the name of the stone.
SO, as a result, here is part of the email my buddy wrote searching for the name of this ring:

So, I asked my faithful teammate, “What is the name of the stone on Ben’s ring?”

She says, “I don’t know.”

I asked, “Didn’t you put the name of it on the picture?”

She replied, “No, I just put ‘special ring.’”

I'm so tired...
I don't know why that made me laugh.
Thought I'd share...
Kinda sad.
FYI: the ring is called Sulaymani. It's said to have mystical powers.
Jeez :)

Wednesday, December 3, 2008


On to the next assignment.
Let me pack real quick.
Argh. Unpack.