But in Dubai, we spent less time on the beach covered in sand and therefore I had my camera more often. Here are the rest of the photos from our very fun extended holiday. Enjoy!
The boys and I went bowling for the first time in ages. Charlie beat us all. Little turkey. He had the rails up and was throwing like a granny but he still beat us!! He was also making good use of my camera and captured me landing on my bottom after a not so promising throw. NICE.
We went to the mall to Borders for books and a board game and the boys were thrilled to find this yummy spot while I enjoyed a little coffee.
We visited Atlantis the Palm to see the sights, enjoy their water park and aquarium, and to interact with the dolphins. Scott was determined to try out all of Dubai's new public transportation systems. This day, we traveled by monorail from the base of the Palm to the top of the tree where Atlantis is located. In the first picture, we are just leaving the mainland and you can see the Burj Al Arab in the distance; in the second picture, you can see one of the branches with the villas and their beach between the branches; and lastly, Atlantis just in front of us.
Above, the very dramatic aquarium. And below, a fun day at the water park.
Yowsa! That was hard for this momma to watch.
As I have said in a previous post, we stayed in a lovely hotel in Dubai. We enjoyed a few days at the pool and on their beach and the highlight of my trip to Dubai was seeing our dear friends the Dickersons. Sharon was my lifesaver when we were new stay at home moms in Dallas. Her daughter Kathryn was in Ethan's playgroup and we saw each other at least twice a week from the time they were 6 months old until the Dickerson's moved to Houston a few years later. Sharon and I have remained close friends and we now share the experience of living abroad. She and her family live and work in Doha, Qatar and I can't tell you how many times she and I have phoned back and forth sharing stories and providing moral support.
So when I realized that we would be in Dubai for a little longer, I called Sharon to see if we could come to Doha or they could come to Dubai! (Both cities are on the Arabian Peninsula) They came to Duabi. Well, what a treat to spend the day with the Dickersons. It was our last day and we enjoyed a very relaxing afternoon and dinner. Sharon, Steve, Kaylie, Scott and John, thank you for taking the time to fly to Dubai for 12 hours!
Camel ride anyone??
And last, but not least, when you are in a hotel room for the umptenth night in a row, what should you do for entertainment? Put on your dad's shirt, fill it with pillows and have a wrestling match! Life is good.