Halloween

October 31, 2010

 

Pretty pink witch

After the originally planned party got postponed due to the death of the leader of RAK and the Emirates being in mourning, the children were not happy. However they were thrilled to be invited to join friends to trick or treat in their compound. After a busy day at school followed by parent teacher interviews and ballet for Charlotte they were very excited to get into their costumes for Halloween.

 

The kids ready to go

 

This time Lachie makes the group photo

 

On the look out for pumpkins (so they knew they could go to that house)

 

A very tired witch and pirate!

 

What an evening!

Happy Halloween!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Muscat

October 25, 2010

Got to love the British system, having only been back at school a few weeks it was half term last weekend! For some reason, British schools here have similar holidays to those in the UK but forget the minor details like the kids started school 2 weeks later here due to Eid… but that’s the way it is so we made the most of it and headed to Muscat in Oman for 4 days.

Although it is ‘next door’ it really seems a world away, everything is so much more efficient, the locals are so friendly and it really is a beautiful country. We all really enjoyed our time there.

View from our room

 

Water park with a view

 

The resort has a tube ride that goes for about 500m and links the resort pools. Kids loved it.

 

REAL GREEN GRASS!!!!!!!!

 

Checking out the crabs with Clint

 

Heading out on the kayak... while I got to read ๐Ÿ™‚

We also explored the old muscat town- amazing buildings, forts, palaces etc and went to the souk. Unlike here where they demolished all the old souks and replaced them with new buildings and tenants like Starbuck’s; Muscat still has an amazing old style souk. With long thin aisles packed with shops and stuff, the souk was so bright with colours, noises and lots of locals doing their daily shop.

Kids thought it was like a huge treasure chest

 

Souk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The highlight of the trip for the kids was going out on a boat to see the dolphins. We were a bit worried for a while that there were not going to be any but eventually found a pod of round 40 to follow and watch. Charlotte was in awe.

 

Watching the dolphins

 

My little Marilyn

 

Mr cool

 

Looking back at the resort from the boat

 

 

 

 

 


Along came a spider…

October 24, 2010

Lachie has spent the first half of this term learning all about mini-beasts. As an end to the topic they had a dress up day at school.

In costume before school

The parents were invited in at the end of the day to have a look at all the costumes. Lachie was very proud to have won “best dressed boy” from his class.

Lachs and Lauryn, best dressed from their class... even though he lost part of his costume during the day ๐Ÿ™‚

Some of his class

yr 2 mini-beasts

Of course when we were making his costume, La’s had to dress up too.

Princess

 


Only in the U.A.E

October 13, 2010


Update

October 12, 2010

School has been back for ย nearly 5 weeks now and the kids have settled into their new routines nicely, must be time for a holiday! It is half term next week so we are planning on heading to Muscat for 4 days- another new country for the kids to explore!

The school had an open day last week, I am constantly amazed by how much they are learning and the resources/ facilities the school has. It would be a fantastic place to teach… not that I have any plans to return to the class room just yet ๐Ÿ™‚

Charlotte and her friend Alexa

 

Lachlan hard at work

Last weekend was a busy one, although no birthday parties which was nice for a change! Lachie had rugby training Thursday night and as Clint is now helping out with the coaching that keeps the boys busy for the evening. La and I generally stay at home and have dinner together followed by a movie… she loves the Barbie movies at present. Once the boys got home I met up with some girlfriends for a lovely evening of drinks and gossip.

It was the weekend of the dragon boat racing, Clint’s team having trained a whole 4 times, were thrilled to go straight through to the semi’s on Saturday after blitzing their first race on Friday morning. That meant we were able to head out and do some jobs Friday and go out for lunch before Lachie had a special Rugby training sessions at the Palace.

One of the royal family plays in his team and invited the whole team over for training. No men are allowed so I took him and unfortunately we were not allowed to take photos either. As per usual, they are so generous and go completely overboard and the kids ‘trained’ on stomachs filled with popcorn, soft drink, ice-cream and pizza before being given McDonald’s after training for dinner. But they all had a lovely time which is the main thing! The new season uniforms haven’t arrived yet, but Lachie has been able to borrow a spare one from last year so he matches the rest of the team.

Reading for training

We left the kids at home Friday night and headed to the beach bbq for the dragon boating. It was a great night and lovely to sit down and catch up with lots of friends, although it is still quite warm even in the evenings, should be really pleasant out at night in another month or so.

Saturday we spent at the dragon boat festival.

Cheering Clint on in the semi

Although it was stinking hot, the kids had fun swimming in the pool and playing on the beach for the day. The boys made it through to the final (they were actually defending champions) a great achievement considering how many teams there are, some of whom train all year round!

 

Team meeting before the final

 

heading to the start- you can see the Grand Mosque in the background

 

Cooling off before the start of the race

 

Ready to start the final

 

After waiting all afternoon for the final- the kids missed it. Playing in the sand took preference.

 

Close race

 

 

 

 

 

It was a hotly contested final, and the boys came in a very close second. A fantastic effort!! The boat that won had been training all year- so that made the boys feel even better about their second place! The prize was a membership at the beach club for the Shangri La (where the event was held) so they will be more photos coming like the one below!