Here we are. Fifty-six flights later for the boys and entering our fifth year of international education. It's not the life we had planned, but we aren't changing it any time soon. We love living internationally.
Derek an I also celebrated our tenth anniversary at the beginning of the school year. It's hard to believe we've been married for a decade already because it seems like just yesterday we were still in college, hanging out at The Thirsty Parrot. I can't wait to see where we are ten years from now.
The three things that stood out most for the boys were boating, building a tree house, and spending time with their cousins. They were able to spend a lot of quality time with loved ones, which is why going to Colorado is so important to us.
While in Colorado, Owen got to participate in a week long soccer camp, which he adored. He has a lot of passion for the sport, and we are happy to foster it. Then we went to a hot spring with some good friends for some quality no cell service time. We also got to go to a few Sky Sox games to enjoy some low key baseball. The boys each got a foul ball!
Ok. So maybe our Colorado Summer wasn't as mellow as I thought...
Now back to Abu Dhabi for our third year!
On our way to Colorado this summer, we decided to spend a few weeks touring around England. We started off with four days in London and spent a total of 17 glorious days exploring our way up to Edinburgh, hitting Portsmouth, Stonehenge, Bath, York and the Lake District on our way north.
As usual, we took hundreds of pictures. If you'd like to see some of them and read more about this trip, the blog entries are on the Great Britain 2017 page.
After the school year ended and friends started to depart, we decided to go to our second annual Iftar Buffet as it is still Ramadan. We went to the Ritz Carlton by the Grand Mosque this year, and it was incredible. We all ate so much delicious food. Owen even said he was full!!!
After an eventful year in Abu Dhabi, we are ready to visit our home state of Colorado. We haven't been "home" in 18 months, so it'll be fun to see how much things have changed in that time. Before we get to Colorado though, we are going to spend a couple weeks exploring the United Kingdom! I am very excited to see London for the first time. We'll make it up to Scotland, but we've decided to save Ireland for another time. Hopefully we will have a jolly good time!
The end of the 2016 - 2017 school year has been a bit different than usual. With Ramadan starting next week, many of our usual end of the year celebrations had to be moved up a few weeks. Oddly enough, the staff party was before graduation this year.
After the staff party, Derek and I stayed the night on Saadiyat Island. Derek picked up the boys Friday morning, and we spend almost the entire day hanging out at the pool enjoying the beautiful Abu Dhabi sunshine. (Owen and I perhaps got a bit too much sunshine...) A day at a resort like that is enough to make you completely forget about grad school and getting all your exams ready to go...