Marvel Goes Girly

Way back before we moved to Saudi, I found this awesome cotton fabric at Joann’s:

Marvel Retro Smashing  www.joann.com

Marvel Retro Smashing
http://www.joann.com

As soon as my daughter saw it she was in love.  With it being a bit of a heavy cotton I had no idea what to do with it, so I just bought a couple of yards and held on to it until inspiration struck.  Finally, after at least five months of it sitting around, I decided it would have to be a skirt.  There was no other option, a dress wouldn’t drape at all, a pillow would get ruined in about two nights, and I don’t have a clue how to make a pair of shorts using only a serger.

Oh yeah, I should have mentioned that earlier…when we moved we packed light.  As in only one-two suitcases per person.  So, there I was with two yards of fabric, a zipper, and a serger that I bought after about five minutes of living here.  A bit of brainstorming, lots of horrible drawing, and a few measurements later, I cut into the only Marvel fabric in the country.  Somehow, I ended up with a skirt I am incredibly proud of.  A cute little waistband, a zipper, and pleats for movement!

I am outrageously proud of this whole situation happening right here:  a waistband and pleat!

I am outrageously proud of this whole situation happening right here: a waistband and pleat!

americankat hero kids

My son as Captain America, and my daughter as "Thor's daughter"

My son as Captain America, and my daughter as “Thor’s daughter”

 

linking up to:

calling all kids

xoxo,
American Kat

 

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Our trip to Taif!

A couple of weekends back my husband decided to take a day trip to Taif.  He visited there before the kids and I got to KSA , and he really wanted the kids to see the monkeys hanging out in the area.

Somehow everyone managed to get up a little earlier than usual on that particular Thursday.  I took a few pictures along the way, but kept my camera up most of the trip up to make sure I had plenty of battery life for our day in Taif.

As Christians, it was kinda obvious which direction we needed to head.

As Christians, it was kinda obvious which direction we needed to head.

Just a group of camels hanging out by the road.  We pulled over for a few minutes to watch them, but basically all they did was stand there and eat.

Just a group of camels hanging out by the road. We pulled over for a few minutes to watch them, but basically all they did was stand there and eat.

There were a couple of fun guys hanging out though:

I LOVE the photobombing camel in the back!  I wish I would have noticed him when I was taking the picture, I would have been sure to get him in focus as well.

I LOVE the photobombing camel in the back! I wish I would have noticed him when I was taking the picture, I would have been sure to get him in focus as well.

And this guy.  Pretty sure this guy knew what I was doing with my camera.  I mean, he even gave me the Elvis smirk.

A flirtatious camel?

A flirtatious camel?

After close to two hours of driving we found a little scenic lookout and decided to take a minute to enjoy the view.

My daughter enjoying the quick break

My daughter enjoying the quick break

We got back into the car and a quarter mile later found a roadblock.  About two hours in, maybe 30 minutes from our final destination, our roadtrip had to come to an end.

We’re hoping to make the trip again soon, maybe next time we’ll actually make it to Taif!

 

xoxo,
American Kat

This is what all the cool kids are doing, right?

Honestly, I’ve tried starting at least 4 blogs at this point.  I have a feeling this will be the one that sticks.

Two months ago I found myself living in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.  With an origination point of good ol’ North Carolina, USA, Saudi Arabia is quite the change.  Back in NC I had a photography business, incredible friends, a knack for thrifty shopping,all kinds of hobbies, and two kids to (over)fill my time.  Now, I still have the kids, and I still love everything else I mentioned above, but there is one huge difference here…I can’t drive.  Not in a “I should really get my KSA driver’s license so I can drive” way, but a “women are not legally allowed to drive in this country” way.  For the first time in years, I am stuck at home all day long.  No running out to the fabric store to grab a random pack of buttons, or running to Wal-Mart to pick up a bag of chips and mascara, or even running out to Target to buy “shampoo”.

This leaves me with all kinds of free time.  The kids and I spend up to two hours a day at the park, every day!  I find myself cooking and cleaning more than I have ever had a chance to do in my life.  After all that, I still have an hour plus everyday just watching the clock…enter this blog.

An American Kat in Jeddah is my way to keep my sanity.  A place to share recipes, artsy-craftsy projects, the awesomeness of my kids, and some of our Jeddah adventures.

Here’s to the future!

 

xoxo,
American Kat