cardboard kitchen. We used the stove top pieces for this kitchen. Since our shipment had not yet arrived, the tea set was a big hit. We got a kick out of the packaging.
Here the kids are enjoying the sights and sounds and their new gifts. The couches were all over as were the beautiful lamps.
The main problem with the event was the blaring music and in my opinion, treatment of the animals. First of all, the event was supposed to have traditional Saudi musicians and dancers, which it did, but the music was so darn loud you could not enjoy the show. Then the camels and horses were a little dissapointing to say the least. They came a bit late which only drew attention to the way they were transported here: in the bed of a run down livestock truck- all six of them!
Here you see a camel "jumping" off the truck in full regalia. I had had visions of the family posing in front of a camel for our Christmas picture but this vision quickly fizzled when I saw the absolute madness taking place with the animals. There were no lines; everything was all jumbled. Camels are very tall animals with very large feet. There was no stairway leading onto the camels back. The camel sits down, the riders climb up, and then the camel heaves itself up, back legs first. They had to do this over and over. Unbelievable. There was no way our kiddos were getting on them. Marcella did ride a nice pony and we rode as a family with some school friends in the Hantuk, which was basically and old pick up converted into a wagon pulled by two skinny, sore covered horses given no break. Apparently there are no animal rights for such events. When browsing the pictures, note Theresa's friend, Layla and Eben sitting up front- he loved it!