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Month 3 – An explosive start

August 1, 2009

Ok so we are counting down to our return to the Uk this month and as the heat increases to 47+ degrees I can only say I will for the first time ever in my life be happy to return to Wales for a cool down and a bit of a soaking!! Month 3 seems to have gone quite slowly mostly because it has been too hot to do much and having two kids confined to small spaces for long periods of time is not good (although Joe has begun to excel in Super Mario Cart!!) Also as a result of this confinement accidents happen – mainly my daughter managing to blow up the kitchen. I have got to give it to her she never does anything by halves.

On one sunny Monday morning she decides to turn on the hob while no one is looking and while the glass cover is still in place over the top of the hob. Luckily we are busy playing in the play room and decorating the walls with alphabet stickers when what can only be described as an earth shattering noise rocks the house. I gingerly look out of the play room door expecting to find half the house has fallen down to be greeted by millions and millions of shards of glass hanging from everywhere. I didn’t fully understand what had happened at first and stupidly thought the windows had blown in although they were all still in perfect working order in front of me!! It soon dawned on me what had happened and with this realisation came the relief that we had been out of harms way and the anger that yet again my daughter had managed to cause absolute mayhem!! I began the process of clearing up the glass whilst my daughter seemed to be blisfully unaware of what she had done and just threw a tantrum because I said she couldn’t have a banana as it had shards of glass sticking in it! I cleared up glass for the next 5 days and found that play doh is amazing for picking up tiny shards of glass. I now turn the cooker off at the wall and have banned her from even looking in the direction of the cooker.

Lucy also continues to humiliate me in the pool by yet again doing a number two whilst practising her doggy paddle!! Had to tell the lifeguard for a second time that I had left a present for him and it was just my luck that it was the same life guard. He gives me an evil look now everytime we go to the pool as if saying “you dare let her do it again madam!!” Today however she did but luckily she was standing on the side and not in the water so we spent a grand total of five minutes at the pool before I frog marched us all home to change her nappy. Joseph was some what bemused but I was just relieved that for once I had escaped further humiliation.

Through all of this it is amazing that Lucy made it to her second birthday but she did and we celebrated by going to TGI Fridays (which only does non -alcoholic cocktails!!) and then had a tea party with some of our friends. She had loads of cards and pressies so thanks to everybody who managed to brave the post and get them out here to her. It is hard to believe she is two but at this rate I am unsure she will make it to three!!

Joe is well Joe – he still oves his lego is obsessed by Super Mario Cart and cars and just loves swimming. He keeps getting crumbles in his feet which I think is his way of describing pins and needles (bless!) and he is now keeping his bed dry at night – joy of joys

Joseph has also gained a love of everything girlie which Tim is getting a bit concerned about but I have said to ignore as it is just a phase – he is often seen sporting my hairclips, Lucy’s beads and handbag and if I let him he would wear my make up in a shot. He also keeps asking to dress as a fairy or princess when we go to toddlers and I have to use my powers of persuasion to get him to choose something different – I sometimes win or as you can see we compromise and he dresses as a pink butterfly!!

Tim is still enjoying his job but also looking forward to coming home for two weeks and having a few lie ins and nights out with alcohol.

We celebrated our sixth wedding anniversary by doing well – NOTHING although Tim informs me we will have a night out when we go home! Who says romance is dead hey!

I am plodding along waiting for things to cool down and for all my UAE buddies to return from their Summer trips home as it is lonely without them. I can’t wait to come home either and can’t wait for a bacon sarnie and a good roast dinner with all the Trimmings.  I am off to buy Joe his new school uniform tomorrow so it is all ready for our return in September and I don’t know about him but I can’t wait for school to start although I think looking after Lucy is more of a challenge than three Joe’s – who said little girls were easy!!

Month 2 – First Love and Floating Poo

July 11, 2009
Ok so we survived our first month and have just about made it through our second. The heat is getting pretty unbearable and  I have begun sweating in places that I never before realised sweat – did you know your Knees can sweat!! Because of the heat our life has been based around anywhere with air conditioning and play centres have been high on the agenda but at £10 a kid they are bankrupting us!! The kids love them though and for the sanity is worth it.

We are beginning to make friends at the play groups we go to and have made good friends with one of Tim’s work colleagues wife and daughter. Amanda and Olivier live a street away and Olivier is a few weeks younger than Lucy so they get on nicely together and have become good friends. However Olivia is in to the older man and has become besotted by Joe. Apparently it is the first thing she says every morning and whenever we go out she follows him around with puppy dog eyes – Joe however is playing hard to get and having none of it. Joe may have found his first love although he seems blissfully unaware of this at the moment – Olivier appears to be a very determined young lady so watch this space!!!

I had my first embarrasing moment this month. It involved our usual afternoon swim – Lucy – a swim nappy and POO! I thought that swim nappies were designed to hold in any little accidents that children had in the pool but obviously not. On an unusually quiet afternoon in the pool (thankfully) Lucy and Joe happily playing in the toddler pool when I discover a trail of sweetcorn and other brown undescribable things floating behind my daughter. I quickly try to make my way over to her to realise that yes my worst nightmare had come true – the poo had leaked out and was now floating in the water. Decision time get out and run or try and get rid of it (the things you go through as a parent!!) At the same time Joe is running and jumping in and dispersing the pieces far and wide. I grab a bucket and begin fishing for poo !! After around 10 minutes and catching bits of poo and realising that even more had sunk to the bottom. I grabbed the kids and on my way out said quietly to the lifeguard that I thought there was something in the kiddies pool!!! It took me three days to return and I still think he looks at me funny every time I go in there! I know ensure my daughter has emptied her bowels before stepping one foot in the pool.

Joseph is ecstatic that we have bought a water cooler and keeps telling us it is just like going to the doctors as he can get free water. The boy has gone through 4 gallons in under 3 days and I have never seen a child pee so much. On the bright side he is finally starting to sleep through the night without a nappy and we have had 5 out of 7 nights dry so far so he is turning into a really big boy!

Tim is still working really hard but enjoying his job and I am beginning to find my way round. We are looking forward to returning home for a fortnight and escaping the heat in August and catching up with all our family and friends. We will be home from the 13th – 28th August so make sure you are around for a catch up.

 

Until then we will continue to brave the heat whilst you complain about your mini heat wave of 30 degrees!!

Take Care All

 

The Wallers xx

One Month in the UAE

June 22, 2009

Ok so we have arrived at the crazy destination known as Dubai and have started to settle in to our new life. The children are turning in to fish and live in the pool and there mum prays for it to get a bit cooler. The tempreture has been in the 40’s since we got here and it has been hot hot hot. Toooooo hot to go outside in the day until about 3pm so our days consist of trying to find somewhere air conditioned to hide during the morning, lunch and then late afternoon a trip to the pool (which is a 2 minute walk but feels about 3 miles in this heat with all the accompaniments the kids want to bring like inflatables, buckets, watering can etc etc) and then after tiring them out it is home for bed!!

It is a completley different way of life out here and a lot to get used to. As a woman you soon realise that Emirates look on women in a completley different way and simply push in front of you in ques etc. The children are mini celebrities because of their blonde curly hair and everywhere we go people want to take pictures of them. They will soon be found in picture frames all across the world. The people here are friendly and it is very multi cultural. We are slowly starting to meet people and make friends but I think that will become a bit easier when Joe starts school in September.

Driving here can only be described as an experience. There seem to be no rules other than drive fast, cut people up and honk your horn as many times as you can. This isn’t helped when there are six lanes of traffic, they drive extremely fast and you haven’t got a clue where you are going!!! Also roundabouts have no rules so you can cut across 6 lanes of traffic if you decide you want to take the next exit off which makes for some pretty scary moments. If you want proof speak to my mum and dad who clenched their buttocks alot when I was driving them about in our new tank aka the Ford Explorer. Fuel is cheap it costs £10 to fill our 4ltr car and I don’t even have to get out of the car someone does it for me!

Mum and Dad came out to visit us for two weeks so we had quite a few adventures and did lots of touristy things. The city is pretty diverse you can be skiing in a mall in the morning, looking at the worlds largest dancing fountains in the evening and then watch sharks while you shop in another mall. Mum and dad went for tea in the Burj al arab to see its seven star wonder and we went on a river cruise to see Dubai by night. The city scape is quite spectacular with all the skyscapers and it looks even more impressive by night.

The kids seem to have settled really well although Lucy’s new mantra is HOT HOT and you can’t really argue with the girl! Dad works really long hours leaves the house at 5:30 and gets home after 7 but seems to be enjoying his work. The weekends out here are Friday and Saturday so I no longer get a Sunday lie in (not that I did in the UK though) The food is very international and you can buy pretty much anything you want but if you want British brands you have to pay so we will be stocking up in August for our return to save paying the silly prices. Also E numbers are frequent in things as we discovered with ice pops Lucy’s mouth, hands and arms were stained bright blue for three days and we couldn’t take her out in public.

Our house is nice and spacious and the kids have loads of room to play. We have the biggest bed I have ever seen you could sleep 4 grown ups in it and still throw in the kids!! As a consequence none of our bedding fits andhad to go out a purchase new stuff anyway so it was a waste of time shipping that out!

So the first month has mostly been us setting up home and settling in to the new adventure in Dubai. We have had ups and downs and are still trying to work out what everything costs in the monopoly money known as DIRHAMS. We have missed our family and friends and now that mum and dad have gone it feels very real that we are here on our own so we are looking forward to lots of visitors.

I will try and keep this updated each month so for now take care and enjoy the rain!!

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June 22, 2009

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