Mila is 3!

Our baby girl turned 3 two weeks ago! We are so very proud of the little lady that she is becoming. We celebrated her big day by sending cupcakes and princess party decor to her school the day before and by having a small gathering at our house on her birthday.

Along with being proud of my daughter I must toot my horn and admit that I am quite pleased with myself as well. I took on the exciting task of baking her cupcakes for school and her cake for her birthday gathering. This was my first time baking cakes and making icing from scratch. Both creations turned out pretty well. Give me a few years; I’ll be that gorgeous, successful mom that bakes wonderfully. Now off for a run I go 2 cupcakes and 1 slice of cake later.

School Party

Mila with her teachers and nursery's owner.
Mila with her teachers and nursery’s owner.
Grandma joined in on the party.
Grandma Lorick joined in on the party.
She's 3!
She’s 3!
Aaron came and crashed her party.
Aaron came and crashed her party.
We were still working on which 3 fingers hold up.
We were still working on which 3 fingers to hold up.

The Birthday Gathering 

In keeping with the princess theme...
In keeping with the princess theme…

 

Mila and Grandma Lorick.
Mila and Grandma Lorick.

 

Mila and her ballet partner and friend, Mali.
Mila and her ballet partner and friend, Mali.
I made a sparkle rainbow cake!
I made a sparkle tie dye cake!

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Soooooo next time I make smaller color blocks to get the look that I desire. It was yummy though :).
Soooooo next time I’ll make smaller color blocks to get the look that I desire. It was yummy though!
Mila playing with Levi.
Mila playing with Levi.
Benjamin made a guest appearance :).
Benjamin made a guest appearance :).

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Aaron kept trying to open Mila's gifts.
Aaron kept trying to open Mila’s gifts.
She was too cool for indoors...it was time for a swim.
She was too cool for indoors…it was time for a swim.
Walking to the pool.
Walking to the pool.
Enjoying the pool!
Enjoying the pool!

I think that Mila really enjoyed her parties! She’s asked me, on at least 4 different occasions, will she have another one tomorrow. She has even gone as far as to request a Doc Mcstuffins’ themed party. My daughter is already growing up too quickly, 1 party a year is all that I can stand.

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Getting Rid of Pest

Henry Winkler once said that ,”Assumptions are the termites of relationships.” Prior to last week I believed that I fully understood this quote. However, actually having termites in my home has forced me to look at assumptions with a bit more disdain.

We, like so many others in Al Ain, live in mainly concrete homes. We have to use power drills to hang any and everything  up in our house. Our walls chuckle at bare nails and mock hammers. So termites never crossed my mind. They eat wood and live in basements and attics; or so I thought.

I was cleaning my living room one morning and looked up and saw what, from a far, seemed to be a string of dust. I took a closer look and it looked almost like the shed skin of a worm. I told Terrence and he suggested that we watch it. So watch we did and this was a show that didn’t disappoint. That next morning it grew in both length and width. That’s when we knew that something lived inside (insert dramatic sound effects here). Terrence knocked a small piece of this tube like thing off and found an insect. When we further investigated we noticed small, pin sized, holes going up our wall as well. We also noted that the tube was made of concrete particles. That’s when we thought termites.

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Tube/tunnel like nest on our wall.

We called 993, a free pest exterminator service in the UAE. However, since it was a Thursday evening we were going to have to wait until Sunday, the next business day, for their assistance.  So I suggested to Terrence that we call maintenance. After all, since we live in row houses termites could be a problem for the entire compound. He followed my suggestion and maintenance sent someone over right away. The gentleman came in with a ladder, paint, and a brush, which was not at all what I had in mind. He knocked the nest down, painted, and left. It was back in full effect the next day.

Thankfully the pest exterminators were available on Sunday and met me during my lunch break to see our tube/nest that was determined to stay with us.  The exterminator took one glance and confirmed that it was termites. He said that they chew away the concrete to get to the wood below. He also stated that termites are actually a bit of a nuance here in Al Ain and that they were the drive behind the start-up of the 993 service itself. After he finished talking to me he nodded his head to the other gentlemen there and they went out in shirts and pants and came back in jumpsuits and masks.

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 the exterminators’ truck

They drilled holes into our tile floors, injected some chemicals, and sealed the holes with plaster when finish. In the midst of drilling and sealing three holes under the nest one exterminator found 2 other nest in another area of our living room. So we went from three holes to seven in a matter of 5 minutes. The little buggers were truly trying to eat us out of house and home (I just couldn’t resist 🙂 ).

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Drilling holes into floor 

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Injection of chemicals

 

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Plaster to cover up the holes. So yes, we have several holes like this throughout our living room. 

 

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This was our wall after the exterminators removed the nest. Please note the fresh paint.

So all in all, I will admit that this was more of a gross ordeal then it was one of great stress or horror.  Having termites actually helped in my discovering the answer to a mystery in our new home. IMG_4372

When we moved in we were trying to figure out what in the world these holes were on our living room. What had the previous owners put there? Now we know. So we have 10 holes total in our living room. Yep, I hate assumptions.