Sounds ominous, no doubt. But, it really just means that we are now officially in our last year of living in Abu Dhabi. We arrived on Thursday night the 23rd of August and if I can be honest, I didn’t want to come back. We got home this summer and a switch just flipped. I wanted to stay in Cleveland, it’s not that I didn’t want to go back to Abu Dhabi (although, I suppose it was) – I just wanted to stay in Cleveland. Why? I guess the biggest reason is that I miss my family and friends and I’m tired of not being there for the good and the bad things that happen to people while we are away AND that people there miss the good and bad things that happen with us. That and 3 out of 4 of our core group of family friends and one of our super, favorite couples left Abu Dhabi over the summer. A lot of Abu Dhabi has been about the people, and it is hard to think of those people not being here. We have had a tremendous experience that I wouldn’t trade for all the tea in China, this place will remain a home a way from home for me. Both of our kids have lived in the UAE longer than they have lived in the USA! But there is just something about being back “home”.
In the end (there certainly was a middle, but you don’t need all those details!) what I decided is that our family of 4 being together is way more important than where in the world we are. The kids were quite excited to be coming back and starting school, especially Amelia, girl couldn’t wait to start second grade! And in those last few days before we flew, I started getting that feeling like “it’s time to go back”, the packing up the house, and getting ready for the trip felt like the right thing to be doing. Back to school season in our family (for the last 4 years) has also been the beginning of another season: TRAVEL. And that for me is a huge motivator for being over here. So, stay tuned, I’m going out with a bang.
I certainly don’t want to gloss over the amazing summer we had in Cleveland. We really enjoyed our time with neighbors, friends, and family. Charlie began his little league career!
We went on a very fun visit to Ellicotville, NY where we did a ropes/zip line course and saw an amazing sculptural park.
We visited with almost all of both families (check back for more pictures, I need to have some emailed to me!)
AND on July 23rd, my deezil lost his first tooth!
So, it was action packed!
Which brings us back to today, and the title of this blog. Jet lag hasn’t been too terrible since we’ve been back and now that we are back in the swing of things, it should wrap up pretty quick.
By back in the swing of things, I of course mean school!
I have a first and second grader and I have no idea how! But, they are cute, oh boy are they cute.
And, most importantly, happy to be at school on the first day (we’ll see what tomorrow brings…..)
Amelia has Mrs. Laura Cowcill and her good friend Amina is in her class. Charlie has Mrs. Surinder Morgan and was nervous because “she’s a yeller, very strict” (according to Charlie!) but went in this morning (wearing a tie, no less) and had a very happy face, gave me a kiss good-bye, and that was that.
So here I sit, at the beginning of the end. I’m glad to be here, I’m keeping an open mind, and looking forward to the year ahead.