Old meets New, the Flusche Family at Bahrain Fort

Old meets New, the Flusche Family at Bahrain Fort
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Sunday, April 25, 2010

MORE NQR (Not Quite Right) BAHRAIN

My last NQR post was one of your favorites and I have had requests for more... I aim to please!

Like everything here, the following photos are a few more examples of NQR Bahrain.

I offered $10 on Facebook if someone could accurately tell me what this is, these are the responces:
Christy Flusche: The bathtub dumping station??? GROSS
Lauren Jeffrey: What is the Hick part of town for 200 Alex?
Bowen Novack: I'll take "Old Crap" for 500 Alex
Good Game Guys! However, no correct answers as of yet! ;)


This is a modern take on "squatting", men will set up tents like this anywhere they please. I wonder if their wives have sent them to their "Man Caves"? This one is down the street and around the corner from our villa in a vacant lot between two villas. In the evenings you can drive by and see them watching soccer on TV while lounging on floor pillows - STRANGE!


Is it just me or does it look like a tager got his hands on a sharpie? :)


GOOD NEWS: We have located your Household Goods Shipment!
BAD NEWS: Your boxes are on their way to Saudi Arabia in an UGLY truck!

A side profile of the tackiest truck on earth! I think this was the recipient of Bahrain's "Pimp My Ride"!

Geeeze, there's soooo much going on in this photo, where should I start... Please note the electric blue choice in paint, the "fancy" iron work on the truck caging, rub-on vinyl stickers claiming this vehicle is a "Mercedes Benz", the shiny heart charms on the bumper AND for the really-really blind... florescent yellow safety tape (because "IT BLENDS"!)


I think this sign reads: "This is where all the HOT girls shop!"

If you look real close you can see it looks like the eyes on the advertisement are cut out of a magazine and glued to the sign. The eyes are all looking in different directions. It's safe to say that they are not marketing geniuses.


A potty was left outside our neighborhood...

Jann giving the "Captain Morgan" pose...

The funny part of this picture is what you DON'T see! Paul said people were coming out of their villas to see me pose with the abandoned potty - You know they are saying to each other "Stupid Americans, There goes the neighborhood! (laugh!)


Will the real Mickey Mouse please stand up?


This resort is listed as a 4 star, are you sure these swings look safe?


MORE TO COME - There's no shortage of material like this!

Military Child Appreciation Month


April is Military Child Appreciation Month! Many people forget the sacrifices made by the children of Military Service Members. My children are young and easily "bounce back" from moving from one duty station to another but not all families are quite so lucky.

All month the base has planned fun activities for the military children of NSA Bahrain. The festivities began with the Easter Egg Hunt, followed by movies, cookouts, educational seminars for parents and teachers to help children cope with school changes, a luau and now the grand finale:

The party started with a parade from the CDC (Child Development Center) to the NEX. The base "spine" and commons area was transformed Thursday night into a carnival wonderland!

Activities included three bounce house inflatables (two had big slides), a dunk tank, carnival games, a DJ with dance floor and light show, clowns, jugglers, balloon animals, face painting and henna!

To continue with the theme of the night, carnival food was served: popcorn, cotton candy and snow cones! The kids had a blast and we appreciate all that the CDC and MWR do for our children!

Gavin's First Steps!

Our sweet little Gavin is 14 months and has started walking all on his own. His poor Grandparents and family back in the States are missing these precious moments so we have tried the next best thing... Thank God for Blogging technology and Skype!

Way to go BIG BOY! :)

Spring Break 2010

To celebrate Tanner's 19 day Spring Break (yes, you read that correctly - 19DAYS!) we decided to trade one island for another! The family packed our beach gear and resort wear and drove to Al Dur to catch the hour and ten minute ferry boat to Hawar Island. Hawar Island is part of Bahrain but very close to Qatar.

The pools were a special treat for the boys. Tanner's swimming skills returned to him right away and we realized our little Gavie is quite the fish! Both the boys played in the pools until their lips turned blue and fingers shriveled up like raisins!

The family enjoyed swimming in each of the four pools, looking for seashells, riding the water slides (Gavin too!), swinging on the swing sets, playing on the beach and relaxing while taking a nap in the sun!

A few weeks ago I realized that we don't have a family portrait with all four of us. I was determined to get a beautiful photo of the whole family with the ocean in the background... we had the location, the cute coordinated outfits, the sunset - all we lacked was an experienced photographer. Only a few turned out but a few is all we really need, right?

Our evening was spent dining poolside looking out over the sea. We feasted on local favorites like corn soup, taboule, butter (curry) chicken, lamb and mutable with Turkish bread. Four special guests joined us on the dance floor! Tanner enjoyed dancing with Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, Gavin cut a rug with Tom and Jerry!

The boys truly had a marvelous time and can't wait to return! We have decided to take the Aebis and Childers with us when we return... THE AMERICANS ARE TAKING OVER: the locals won't know what hit their island! I'm counting the days! :)