End of January

January 25, 2010

Wow… how quickly time flies as the first month of 2010 draws to an end. But life here is all good, although it seems that winter occurred during the 3 weeks we were in Australia! That said the weather here is fantastic at the moment, highs round 30 degrees so we are spending lots of time out and about and I have been able to walk with some of the Mums from school in the mornings instead of going to the gym. Unfortunately this lovely weather will pass and in a month or 2 it will be too hot for that so then I will (in theory) hit the gym.

Clint is currently working out of Sharjah (one of the other Emirates) and trying to get into a routine that allows him to see the family, train for Ironman and not have to drive the 2 hours each way every day.  At present he is driving there and back on Sunday, up again Monday morning, staying overnight then back home Tuesday night. Driving up again Wednesday morning, staying the night and back on Thursday… so far it seems to be working but we will see how he goes. He completed his first marathon (well he did one as part of Ironman but his first single one) he was happy with his time but not the nutrition he had during the race, so that is something else for him to play with before July.

Last week I went on the year one excursion to the Dubai Aquarium, the children all had a lovely day… although I had forgotten how noisy a bus full 5 year olds can be! Next week I am off on the FS1 trip with Charlotte’s class to a farm which should be lots of fun and just as noisy!

The other big news is that we are moving again. Having moved house 5 times in 11 months (July 08- May 09) it shouldn’t be too stressful! We are moving into a 5 bedroom villa about 10 mins away from where we currently are. There are 8 five bedroom villas (plus a couple of 2 and 3 bedrooms) in the compound and 4 other families from our first compound at Seashore villas are moving there with us, as well as another family with a boy in  Lachie’s year at school. We don’t have a move date yet but should be all in and settled before the first of our visitors (Clint’s Mum and Hans) arrive in May. But until then it’s time to organise packers, movers and the moving of all our utilities… that should keep me busy!

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Footy Action

January 24, 2010

The kids both enjoy their Aus-kick on a Friday morning, the coaches are great and keep the activites/drills fast and constantly changing to stop them getting too bored. However last week the coaches struggles to keep any of the kids interests…

About 10 minutes after football started, 2 local men turned up at the park with their pet falcons. The men were lovely at all the kids pat the birds (they had their little hats on and their eyes covered so it was safe) and most of the kids had their photos taken.

After the excitement on the falcons, the coaches finally got the kids back to the footy drills, this lasted about 5 minutes before a helicopter landed on the helipad about 150m away (but on the other-side of the fence)  from where they were playing. So the next part of football was spent with the kids all up against the fence trying to get a better look. They did finally play for about the last 10 minutes of the session… no doubt it will be the session they remember for ages!


2010… an update!

January 11, 2010

Goodness, just logged on and realised how long it has been since I posted last!  Mind you we haven’t had internet the last week since we have been back… apparently it helps when you pay the bill! So thought I’d do an update however I can’t even remember how we filled the first few weeks of December. I do remember them being busy with national day and Eid (meaning a week off school) plus lots of pre-xmas get togethers.

We flew out to Australia for 3 weeks over Xmas. The first week we spent in Brisbane at Mum and Dads, the week flew by with lots of catch ups, meeting new additions and doing lots of Xmas shopping.

The second week we flew to Campwin beach for a week with Clint’s family. The kids had so much fun with their cousins and extended family. Lala and Brigitte (6 months older) were inseparable and it was lovely to watch them together playing dolls, pony’s and dancing to fairies. The weather was perfect and we spent every afternoon at the beach, Lachs learnt to boogie board while Charlotte perfected her sand castle-building technique. Going out on Poppy’s boat was also a hit, we were not too sure how they would go being towed on the biscuit but once they had one go they were wanting to go faster and faster. All the kids were sooooo excited Xmas Eve, it was hilarious watching them run off to bed because santa was coming (fairly sure it was a virgin plane but whatever got them all to bed early!). The next morning they were awake early checking out the marks Santa’s sleigh and boots left on the grass outside. Lachie discovered why santa is fat… he ate the biscuits but only half of the apple they left out for him! Lachie and Lala were spoilt rotten and had a fantastic Xmas day! It was a wonderfully relaxing week but with way too much food and drink!

The final week we were back in Brisbane again. Both my sisters had flown in as well, the first time we have all been together for a couple of years so that was brilliant. The weather was overcast and we got a fair bit of rain, mainly at night, which we loved being from the desert but for Fiona and Jacqueline who had escaped the snow hoping for hot sunny days it was a bit of a disappointment! Again the kids had lots of fun with their cousins, running riot in numerous parks across Brisbane, although according to Charlotte cousin Lucy (17 months old) isn’t very much fun! No doubt once she starts talking or develops an interest in My Little Pony’s Charlotte will change her mind!  Mum and Dad also looked after Lachs and Charlotte one night giving Clint and I a chance to go out for dinner and a movie which we enjoyed.

We had a great trip, I love seeing the kids spend time with their extended family, they have such a special bond with them and I am so glad moving across the world hasn’t changed that. unfortunately the time flew way to fast and we were not able to see everyone we had hoped to catch up with but thats always the way especially at that time of the year. We flew out on the 2nd of January, landing a whole 8 hours before school started… so I thought I’d give them the day off- aren’t I nice! They were both happy to spend the day chilling out, no doubt just glad to be home and were not impressed when we had to go grocery shopping… but they insist on eating.

We have been back for just over a week, Lachie and Lala are both back into the school routine. Charlotte has started swimming at school this term, again growing up before my eyes in the school swimming togs. Last weekend we had friends from Brisbane passing through so Clint spent saturday showing them around abu Dhabi, it was great having them here but we need a bigger house, especially with so much family planning on visiting this year.

Some holiday photos…