Welcome to the visual chronicle of the George familys life and travels.
- Kendall's Oman Trip
Kendal tooled around Oman for 10 days at the start of 2015.
- Flag Football '14
- Padre Island, Spring Break 2014
For the third year in a row we went to our closest best beach at Padre Island National Seashore and camped on the beach for Spring Break.
- Cali Road Trip
Annual road trip. To So Call again.
- Summer Fun
- Another Elk Mountain Hike
Pablo and Angela both played Upward flag football. It was their first time. They both did great and had a lot of fun.
- Elk Mountain Hike
We'd been wanting to hike Elk Mountain for a while, but the summers have been so hot and the weekends have been busy or rainy. Well we defied a 20% chance of rain on a cool fall day and had a beautiful hike in one of our favorite places.
- Summer Vacation, Florida Road Trip 2012
Our plan is to visit New Orleans, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale and just keep going... Key West and Ernest Hemingway's home.
- Doing It All
It was a crazy busy Saturday in Norman. We took in Touch-A-Truck, Pablo had a soccer game, then the Lebanese Festival for lunch, a couple of stages at the Norman Music Festival, then Save the Frogs at the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History. Tonight the kids are off to Bart Conner Gymnastics for free play while Kendall and Claudia get a parents' night out.
- Just a few pics from the Medieval Fair of Norman
Spent a few hours at the Medieval Fair. These pictures aren't at all representative. Angela, Ana, and Claudia were with us. Not only did we watch some guys fight with swords and lances, we also got hot and thirsty.
- Spring Break, March 2012
We visited friends in Texas on our way to Padre Island near Corpus Christi. We had a BLAST camping on the beach.
- Family Day @ Fred Jones, Jr. Museum of Art
- Blanchard Springs Cavern & the Ozark National Forest
On Presidents' Day Weekend we took a road trip the Ozark National Forest in neighboring Arkansas. We took a head lamp tour of Blanchard Springs Cavern--about an hour underground. We saw some great stalactites, stalagmites, columns, cave coral, terraces, curtains… and bats. After the tour we spent a couple of hours hiking a trail from Blanchard Springs to Mirror Lake. The weather was outrageously great for February and the rain held off.
Kendall spent 10 days in Lebanon between December 27, 2010 and Jan 6, 2011. Here are the best pictures from the trip.
- Back To School Fall 2010
Dropping the kids off, their first day of school this school year at Washington Elementary. Ana starts kindergarten, Pablo third grade and Angela fifth.
- Utah and Colorado
Since we started our homeward journey from Northern California, we took a more northerly route than usual which took us past the Great Salt Lake, Arches and Mesa Verde National Parks.
- California Vacation
Like salmon returning to spawn... Well, we went to California for summer vacation. Good times.
- Florida Trip, June 2010
Claudia and I went to Fort Lauderdale to visit my Aunt Suzie and cousins, Jean-Marie and Richard. We went snorkeling at several beaches and took an air boat tour of the everglades. Good times.
- Fishing with Grandpa
- Spring Break Robbers Cave Hike
On the Friday of spring break we took a drive down to Robbers Cave in southeast Oklahoma. The site was a hide out for notorious outlaws like Jesse James and the Dalton brothers.
- Spring Break OU Data Center Tour
Our family took a tour of two of OU's data centers and got a look at where Kendall works and what he does. Our friend Mike came along.
- Ice Storm 2010
- The Blizzard of '09
- Critters In The Yard
Spring has brought out the wildlife around the house. And the spring rains brought out even more with the lake's water level up.
- Halloween 2009
We had a fun time at Grandma's house--dinner, cupcakes, and carving pumpkins.
- Things To Do In Oklahoma
- Turner Falls, Labor Day
On Labor Day we fought the temptation to just sleep in and went to turner falls. We hiked for a bit to explore some caves and then swam at the falls. A good time was had by all.
- Lake Tenkiller Weekend
Since we spent so much time in California this summer we barely got a chance to visit our favorite Oklahoma lake before summer was over. But we did.
- Elk Mountain Hike
We hiked to the top of Elk Mountain in the Wichita Mountains in Oklahoma. Elk Mountain is 2270 ft. The hike is a gain of about 600 feet from the Sunset Picnic Area. The trail to the summit is about 1.1 miles. We hiked around the peak where the landscape changes dramatically and requires a bit of bouldering. It was a great day for a hike in August--hot but not too hot and there was a little breeze. The kids did great. Ana made it to the top without any help and Kendall only carried her on the way down.
- California Road Trip
- Chickasaw National Recreation Area
We went here twice this year (so far), once with Grandma and another time with church friends. Love this place!
- Martin Park
This little nature reserve found just on the northwest edge of Oklahoma City. It is a fun place for a half day explore.
- Family Moments
- House Church
Our house church in Oklahoma
- The House
Access to walking path around lake and SHORT walk to the park make up for a small back yard.
- Easter Pictures
- Angela's 9th birthday
Family Party and a friends' Teddy Bear Tea Party
- Nature in Oklahoma
- Smile File
- Kendall's Birthday
- 2,738 Mile Car Trip
We made a 1,369-mile each way road trip to spend Christmas with Claudia's family in CA.
- Pumpkin Patch Field Trip
On Pablo's 2nd day of school at Little Axe Elementary in Newalla, OK his class went on a field trip to a local pumpkin patch.
- Grandma's Yard
- Flight to USA
- Fujairah Beach, UAE
Our trip to Dubai
- For Fun
- Garango and Dinner at Mariam and Mohammed's studio
- Our Compound
- Pablo turns 6
- Beach Trip with our Moroccan Friends
We went to our favorite Qatari beach yet again, this time with our Moroccan friends.
- 4th of July
4th of July in Doha
- House Church 08
House Church at the George House. We take turns teaching Sunday School to the 5 kids.
- Wedding Party
Asia's sister got married!
- Pablo's 5 1/2 Birthday
So his classmates can celebrate with him, we gave Pablo an early birthday party. This year we celebrated on May 27th. His actual birthday is July 27th.
- Saudi Trip
This spring and summer I had the occasion to make several trips to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia for business. Here are some of the best pictures from those trips.
- School Events
Several school events from this year.
- Sandals Friends
7 friends from Sandals Church, Riverside, CA came to visit us for about 10 days. They brought gifts and lots of love.
- Doha Outings
- Angela's 8th Birthday
Celebrated Angela's 8th birthday with one friend, an outing, and dinner out.
He is Risen!
- Valentine Party
Valentine Party at our house for all the girls in Angela's class.
- House Church
During House Church we have lots of kid-friendly worship music and then a lesson for the kids.
- Israel Trip
The second week in January, I had the fun of travelling throughout Israel and Palestine for about eight days with friends, Matt, Tammy, Neil, and Summer, from Riverside, CA. You could spend a year in Israel and not see everything of interest, but we hit all the main attractions.
- New Years
- Asian Food
One day we had an outing to a vegetarian India Restaurant. Another day we went to a Nepali Restaurant.
- Ana's 3rd Birthday
- Live Nativity
- Christmas Concert
We went camping with good friends one evening. We camped at our favorite beach, Fuwairit!
Are you starting to understand we either skate, go to the beach, or go to the dunes?
- Claudia's Birthday
They made me a cake for my 34th this year.
- 1st Day of School ('07-'08)
Both the kids were happy to go to school. They have great teachers at ASD (American School of Doha).
- Um Bab
We are trying to branch out and try other beaches in Qatar. Our out front favorite for some time has been Fuwairit. However, at the recommendation of some friends we headed to the west coast of Qatar and checked out Um Bab. Here are some pics of us enjoying our new find.
I'm not sure if we're doing something right or wrong, but our kids want to lick the bowl when we make homemade hummus.
- Summer Vacation
Here's a "best of" collection from our summer vacation in California and Oklahoma.
- Chasing the Dragon
One recent Saturday afternoon Pablo and Kendall joined friends to track down the elusive "thub," a giant lizard common to the Arabian Peninsula. After nearly an hour of driving over bumpy desert, we nearly gave up. Then we spied a modest sized beast, tracked him to his lair, wrestled him free and subdued him.
We flew to Kuwait for the weekend for a conference and got to enjoy some quality family time before Kendall left for a 10-day business trip to San Francisco.
One afternoon before it got too hot we took a trip north of Doha to check out some prehistoric rock carvings at Jassariya. There isn't much known about these mysterious carvings of flowers, fish, boats, scorpions and geometric shapes. But it was fun to get out doors and climb all over the rocks. You can find more information at http:.//www.heritageofqatar.org. We also had a picnic dinner.
- Cute Pics
- Ana's Haircut
- Gifts from the Grandmothers
- Angela's 7th B-day.
For Angela's 7th Birthday we had a Teddy Bear Tea Party! Notice no huge crowds and no piNata.
- Zoo Trip
just going to the Doha Zoo.
- Austin, Texas
I (Kendall) attended The Educause Southwestern Regional Conference in Austin, Texas. My good friend, Jon and son, Langston came up on the last day and we tooled around downtown.
- Olympic Day
- Pablo's 4.5 Birthday!
As a farewell for Texas A&M's outgoing CIO we went to the dunes. These are just some pics of our family playing and jumping in the sand dunes.
- Ice Skating
- Christmas Road Trip
We had 11 days off for Christmas and the Islamic holiday, Eid Al Adha, which just happened to coincide this year. Our plan was to drive through Saudi Arabia and visit friends in Oman and the United Arab Emirates. However, two days before the holiday began we did not have our transit visas from the Saudi embassy. But the day before the holiday began, we got our visas, booked a hotel in Oman, and Saturday morning hopped in the car and took off. Not a lot of planning, but in the end it was an easy trip and a great way to see Oman and the UAE.
- Ana's Second Birthday Party
Here are some photos of our family kickin' it at our favorite Qatar beach. The photgrapher here is my good friend, Naguib.
- Best of the Maldives
Over the Ramadan Eid al Fitr holiday our family was able to make a personal dream come true. We traveled to the Maldives one of the top contenders for the title heaven on Earth. These are the best of our 500 pictures.
- Best of Summer Vacation
These are Kendall's favorite pictures from our summer vacation.
- Christmas Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is a fantastic place to visit. The people are friendly. Everything is very affordable. The Indian Ocean is very comfortable, even at Christmastime. The traffic is terrible so getting around is a pain, but once you arrive at your destination everything is very fun and relaxing. We spent several days of our Christmas vacation in Sri Lanka. We spent most of the time in Colombo at the Mount Lavinia Hotel. But we also spent two days driving up to Kandy and back. The trip up to Kandy is slow, but there are many interesting places to stop along the way, including an elephant orphanage. We stopped at a nearby place where you can take a ride on a pachyderm.
- Mount Baldy
On July 2, 2005, a group of friends and I embarked on scaling Mount San Antonio, popularly known as Mount Baldy. I've been looking at Mount Baldy out of my office window in the distance for the past year and recently started thinking to myself, "I should go climb that." Well we did and here are the pictures to prove it.
- Out and About in Southern California
- Smile File
- Angela's 5th Birthday
Claudia planned and executed a fantastic Disney's princess theme party for Angela's fifth birthday.
- Claudia's Familia
- Just Having Fun in Southern California
Here we are just out and about and at home, at play in Southern California.
Every week Kendall and Pablo had a father-son play date at Gymboree. This is what life is all about.
- Snow Trips
- More Ana
Here are some more pictures of our new baby, Ana.
Various pictures of us doing what we do best, having fun.
- Welcome Home Ana
- Here She Is! Ana's Birth
- Back to Bahrain
We spent a few days visiting friends in Bahrain in the spring of 2004.
- Saudia Arabia Road Trip
In May we got to do something few people ever get to do--set foot in Saudi Arabia. We took a drive trhough a small stretch of the Eastern Province from Qatar to Bahrain. the desert changes many times on this short stretch of road, from nothing but sand to rock, from totally baren to lots of small desert plants. It is really quite remarkable.
- Angela's 4th Birthday
Claudia put together a bride-themed party for Angela's fourth birthday.
- Pablo's First Haircut
At 18 months, Pablo got his first haircut. He didn't enjoy it.
There is little to do in Qatar that is more fun than driving straight down the steepest part of a 10 storey sand dune. These pictures may not comunicate just how steep and big these dunes are, but this is slip face driving and they are as steep as any slip face, 42 degrees.
- Palm Tree Island
This is a small private island accessible by ferry. This is a great day for the kids and adults, too.
Angela as a ballerina and Pablo as a Puppy at Doha Fellowship's Halloween Party.
Christmas 2002, we were blessed and surprised to take a trip to Kenya. I would imagine even people not living in the Middle Eastern desert would overdose on the lush green scenery. Awesome views, weather, and people.
Here are some pics from the special day Pablo was born after a relatively short totally natural labor and delivery.
Between living in Jordan and Qatar we returned to the US for the birth of our son, Pable. These are some pictures from out time in Oklahoma in the summer of 2002 at Kendall's mother's home and at Lake Tenkiller.
We first visited Jordan in the Spring of 1999. We went back to live there in July of 2000 and stayed for two years. We visited and took pictures of most of what Jordan has to offer. These are some of those pictures.
- Bahrain Trip
We made our first trip to Bahrain in January of 2002 with a group of friends. Being relatively open socially, Bahrain attracts visitors from all over the region, especially across the bridge from Saudi Arabia. Bahrainis are also terrifically warm and friendly people.
- Summer Vacation in Turkey
Kendall had the opportunity to study for a month in Istanbul in 2000. Claudia and Angela joined him for the last week or so. We also took three days at a resort in Turkish Cyprus. It was perfect. Turkey is a marvelous place. It is not hard to take pictures that look just like postcards. See what I mean.
- More of Baby Angela
More pictures of Angela. These pictures cover her first eight moths or so. It was a busy eight months. We moved to drove across the United States and then moved to Jordan. Just the beginning of a little life of adventure.
- First Trip to Qatar
We made our first trip to Doha at Christmastime 2000.
Angela was born 7 lbs. 7 oz. after a long but perfectly natural labor and delivery. Here are some pics of the first addition to our family on the day she was born and just a couple of days later.
- Kendall's "Business Trip" to Sicily
In the spring of 1999, me and a bunch of "friends" in the Air Force traveled to Sicily to do a little project related to stopping the Serbs from exterminating the Kosovar Muslims in Kosovo. Here are some pictures from that trip.
- Kendall's "Business Trip" to Kuwait
Late in the summer of 1998 I deployed to Ali Al Salem Air Base in Kuwait in support of Operation Southern Watch. I spent most of my time on base, however I did get off base a bit. Here are some pics getting to Kuwait and then a couple of trips off base, once by land and once by air.
- Our First Trip to the Middle East
We took three weeks in the spring of 1998 and tooled around Palestine, Israel and Jordan. We were considering moving to the Middle East to live and wanted to have some first hand experience on the ground before making that leap. This is what that looked like.
- Grandma's Art
Treats from Grandma