Saturday, 7 October 2017

Living in the land of sand.

I can't believe how long it has been since my last post on here... what sort of a blogger am I?
Never mind my motivation is back and I literally have SO much to write about.  Tonight's post is just going to be a casual one to bring my blog into the present as I believe the last time I uploaded was way back in June and an awful lot has happened since then! 

It has been seven weeks and three days since we first stepped foot on Abu Dhabi soil, or should I say sand?   We said our tearful goodbyes, boarded an Ethiad flight at Manchester airport and haven't looked back since!  In all honesty I am still unsure whether the idea that we live here now has sunk in yet!    We work really hard during the week but come the weekend you will usually find us playing in the pool, chasing each other round a soft play or strolling around Yas Mall.   

Before we left, I know some people that know us doubted our decision and worried if we were making the right choice for our family.  The reality is that we have these concerns too.  At the end of the day this was a dream for us, something that we have had in the pipeline since January so to actually be here now feels pretty crazy at times.  Putting all the worry and doubt aside though life is pretty damn great.  Its not always perfect don't get me wrong but what life is?  Compare our life and opportunities to what we had in England to what we have here... it really just isn't even comparable.  P has started FS1 and absolutely loves it (separate posts on first days at school and nursery to come). She gets to swim at school weekly which she thinks is amazing and Lochlann's two new friends at nursery are from Spain and Mexico!

School life for Sam and I is very different to the UK but has presented us with interesting challenges to keep us on our toes, which is always a good thing.  The best thing for sure is the weekends.  I don't think there has been a weekend that has gone by where we haven't been swimming and we have spent so much more quality time as a family which was one of the main reasons for coming out here! 

Do I miss the familiarity of things at home? Yes sometimes but I only have to think about our trip into the desert to play on the sand dunes or splashing around every Saturday at the Crowne Plaza hotel and my faith in our decision is restored. 

Our little P is settling right in Abu Dhabi life now. 
So there we go first post in months, complete.  It's nothing special but I am back and determined to keep this up.  I love writing content for this blog.  It is my hobby, something that is just for me and that is so important when you're a busy, full time working mama! My plan is to blog lots about out life out here in the desert so that Posey and Lochlann can read it in the future and hopefully be proud that their mama and daddy took the plunge and ignited their curiosity for the world.

Our traditional Saturday afternoon spot.

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