March 31, 2009

Clint’s brother Brandon and his girlfriend Allison became engaged last week! Looks like the wedding will be sometime next year so we will have another trip to Australia!

Congratulations guys!!!!

Sand, sand and more sand!

March 31, 2009

I know we live in the dessert but the last week has been crazy! We have had 6 continuous days of sand storms, which means the kids haven’t been able to play outside and even with the doors and windows closed there is a constant layer of sand in the house. On the plus I could now sand board down my front stairs and every time you went outside you got a free skin exfoliation.

2 days ago the sand was joined by rain. Which was a weird combination and not good for the car! But the rain eventually cleared the sand and we were left with the first thunder and lightening storm we have had while in Abu Dhabi it was great! Mind you it also meant flooded roads and lots of traffic problems.

On the plus side it gave Lachie a perfect opportunity to fly his kite in the street.

New Photos of Charlotte

March 31, 2009


I can’t believe my baby girl is nearly 3… mind you most days she acts like she is nearly 13!

She still has to pick out all her own clothes and hairbands each morning and also thinks she should get to choose my accessories as well. She takes great pride in selecting which necklaces and shoes she thinks I should wear.

She spends her days playing with her dolls house and toys and I love listening to her making up these amazing stories as she does her role play. Her imagination is fantastic! She is convinced she can read and reads countless stories to herself or sits with Lachies old alphabet cards making 3/4 letter words and sounding them out (amazingly she gets most of them right). Another favourite at the moment is putting the washing away- I am encouraging this one! She loves to take everything off the line and sort it in piles then put it in the drawers and cupboards leaving me the things she can’t reach to do. of course I am not allowed to help so putting a load of washing away can take 30 mins but at least I don’t have to do it!!

Where has the last 3 years gone?

A very long weekend!

March 16, 2009

While last weekend was actually a long one with a  public holiday, this past weekend has seemed so much longer… and not in a good way!

About 10 days ago a big sand storm came through, the following morning Charlotte woke up with conjunctivitis. We were told this happens heaps with the sand so gave her some drops and it cleared. Then a cough appeared that slowly got worse. Off to the doctor to be told she had bronchitis, 5 days and a zillion drugs later she seemed to be getting worse not better so last Thursday off to a different Doctor who sent her for  x-rays and blood tests (that was an ordeal) and then told us she had atypical (she always has to be different) pneumonia. So I left the doctor with a sick whinny girl and a million new drugs and headed home, on the way home my neighbour called to say she had picked Lachie up from school and he was sick with a fever.

So Thursday night and Friday was spent with Charlotte struggling for air and on drugs and Lachs with a fever and vomiting… fun fun.

But Saturday was better, both the kids were improving and I got to spend the day at a spa (Christmas present from Clint). It was amazing and I felt very rejuvenated, it couldn’t have come at a better time!

And today we got more good news… Charlotte has a place for next year (school year starting in September) at Lachie’s school… hooray!

Long Weekend

March 10, 2009

I love long weekends! Unfortunately most of them here are in the second half of the year but we scored one this weekend for the prophets birthday. It was a busy weekend with a farewell party (friends who were made redundant), a birthday party and then the family bowl off.

5 families in our street (13 kids under the age of 7…it’s sounding fun already isn’t it) headed to one of the bowling alleys for a family bowl off. We were organised enough to book but didn’t realise the alley we went to doesn’t have bumpers on every lane and the lanes reserved for us didn’t have any… beginners mistake!

It was the first time Lachie and Charlotte have been bowling and they had a ball. Even without the bumpers Lachie managed to get a strike which he was very proud of. I helped my kids self esteem by doing worse then them while Clint battled it out in fun with some of the other Dads. The balls were to heavy for Charlotte but she developed her own distinct bowling style as seen in the photo below…

After we got home and put all the very tired but excited kids in bed (Lachie went to sleep counting bowling scores…. if I got a strike and 2 nines and then a 5 I would have….) it was the parents turn to enjoy themselves out on the street as has become the weekend norm.

”School” for Charlotte

March 4, 2009

As we have mentioned before, come September Charlotte will be off to the same school as Lachie. She will go 5 days a week, in school uniform and it really is the start of her formal education. To ease her (and me) into it we have just enrolled her in the Abu Dhabi American Teddy Bear Nursery.

She will go 3 days a week starting after the Easter holidays and her 3rd birthday.  Although it is essential childcare, the centres are run quite differently here. It is a minimum of 3 days a week and all children in the class attend from 8am until 2pm, the facilities are amazing; apart from being in their room and having outside (under covered play) each day they also visit the art room, music room, gym (soooo cute mini size exercise bikes, treadmills, rock climbing walls etc), computer room and learn either French or Arabic (we have chosen Arabic).

We have been for a visit and she was very excited with all the toys and alsothe teddy bear and uniform ( very cute teddy bear tshirts) she was given when we enrolled her. We have already had to buy her a lunch box and she keeps asking me when we can go shopping for her school bag. The little girl opposite us is going to start there the same day so the 2 of them are very excited.

The nursery/school is located out near Lachie’s so Sue (lady oppossite us)  will continue to take the boys (Lachie and her son are in the same grade) and now the girls to school and I will pick them all up so it works out great and we both only have to do the 1 trip a day.

Although there are days Charlotte drives me crazy usually she is my little shadow and chats away and keeps me amused all day! I will miss her but the socialisation will be wonderful for her as will the brain stimulation, Lachie taught her all the sounds but she has taught herself to sound out and read 3 and 4 letter words.  She has also recently discovered she can count to 100 so does that about 20 times a day (back to driving me crazy!)


Will post photos on her first day!

Great Grandma’s wrap up

March 4, 2009

We have just returned from taking Great Grandma (Clint’s Grandma) to the airport, hopefully the trip home will be comfortable for her.  I think she enjoyed her time her and if we live here long enough may even come back for another visit. The kids really enjoyed having her here (as did we) and Charlotte has already asked who will sleep on that (the spare) bed next… any takers??

We spent the last week doing more sight seeing and some shopping for her. She even survived a couple of dust/sand storms that blew in over the last week. They come across amazingly quickly and even with all the doors and windows shut manage to leave dust and sand throughout the house, thick enough that you can write in it! It really is annoying but a part of living in the desert I guess.