Back from Abu Dhabi

It’s been almost a week since we’ve been back a week from our holiday in the sun and everyone was straight back into school and work about a day later so it’s been a bit of a jet laggy whirlwind. I’m pretty sure we’ve not had much jet lag from previous visits to the UAE so I think it’s a combination of slight jet lag and just tiredness from the whole week of rushing about from one place to another. It was a brilliant trip… so much time to see my boys play together, how they’ve grown from our visit last year, how much I’ve changed from last year and seeing good friends makes it feel like home away home. We didn’t mean to but we crammed in more visits to sights that I thought we would and went to Legoland Dubai, Bollywood park and the Yas Marina circuit. I fully expected the last one to be not too exciting as I’m not into Formula 1 racing but it was such a good experience and I think it might have been my favourite outing.

I really did mean to write at least one post from our holiday this week but time just completely ran away with us being thrown back into real life, so I’m determined to sit down this weekend and start writing about our trip. I might need to tie up my two year old for a bit (just kidding, I would never do that. For too long). I’ve loved spamming Instagram with it all though so if you want a glimpse of it all the pop on over to there to have a peek at it. I really miss the food and sunshine and I must have made the most of it as it was a bit of a challenge on Monday to find work clothes that let me breathe properly. I’ve been good this week and eaten at least some salads. But HOW good do all the Christmas treats in the shops look? I think that’s why I’m a huge fan of it. So much nice food all over the place!

But for now…here’s a photo of Little Z looking suddenly very tall at the Sheikh Zayed Grand mosque. He’s somehow had another growth spirt and is just all limbs right now. It was noon when this was taken and the sunlight literally bouncing off the marble, making it hard to see.



    • Notmyyearoff November 18, 2017 / 7:23 pm

      Me too. I’m sure we’ve had a couple of weeks of holiday blues but we’re ok now. We might have got into christmas mode a bit 🙂

  1. Louise November 12, 2017 / 1:07 am

    Wow! All the detail on that mosque is incredible!

    • Notmyyearoff November 18, 2017 / 7:23 pm

      It really is so impressive. Worth seeing if you’re in Abu Dhabi!

    • Notmyyearoff November 18, 2017 / 7:24 pm

      The sun really does bounce of it all making it a bit hard to see at some parts of the day!

  2. Tim November 12, 2017 / 1:43 am

    I’ve loved following your photos on IG. We keep saying we’re going to take the kids one day but we’ve never quite managed it yet. Would love to visit the F1 circuit, amongst other sights.

    • Notmyyearoff November 18, 2017 / 7:25 pm

      You would love it so much Tim. There is lots to see and do. If you go then I’ll make you a big list 🙂

  3. Debbie Roberts November 12, 2017 / 6:29 am

    Hi Tas, what a lovely striking photo! I bet Bollywood was fun. I’m not sure I saw your photos on Instagram, will check them out in a bit.

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    • Notmyyearoff November 18, 2017 / 7:25 pm

      Bollywood park was crazy and cheesy and a lot of fun . I’d love to go again really to see all the shows

    • Notmyyearoff November 18, 2017 / 7:26 pm

      He looks a bit like he’s been stretched, all limbs at the moment!

    • Notmyyearoff November 18, 2017 / 7:26 pm

      It’s such an interesting place to see. The inside of it all is even more impressive!

  4. Anne November 12, 2017 / 10:27 am

    It’s always difficult getting back into the swing of things after a holiday, it sounds like you had a fantastic time though. I will have to check out your instagram. I love this photo, the stark bright white and the incredibly bright blue sky, and then your little man who does seem to be more grown up.

    • Notmyyearoff November 18, 2017 / 7:27 pm

      Thanks for all the Instagram love Anne!! I saw you popped over 🙂

  5. Carol November 12, 2017 / 2:36 pm

    Love the contrast between the bright white mosque and the brilliant blue sky

    • Notmyyearoff November 18, 2017 / 7:28 pm

      It’s really SO white and the sun makes it look even brighter. It’s equally as impressive after sunset too though!

    • Notmyyearoff November 18, 2017 / 7:29 pm

      I keep having to buy new school things for him every few months!

    • Notmyyearoff November 18, 2017 / 7:30 pm

      It’s such an interesting place to visit if you ever find yourself there!

    • Notmyyearoff November 18, 2017 / 7:31 pm

      Thanks Emma. Hope you’re all well!!

    • Notmyyearoff November 18, 2017 / 7:31 pm

      Such a good week. We came back zonked!

  6. Kerri-Ann November 13, 2017 / 4:06 pm

    Its a place on our list to visit. Love the bright blue sky against the white #MySundayPhoto

    • Notmyyearoff November 18, 2017 / 7:31 pm

      You would love it so much I think. It’s really interesting and so much to see and do!

  7. Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love) November 14, 2017 / 1:46 pm

    Gorgeous shot of not-so-little Z in front of the mosque and what a beautiful brilliant white the mosque is against the blue of the sky. Sounds like you had a wonderful time away and hope you have now recovered from the jet lag and tiredness.

    • Notmyyearoff November 18, 2017 / 7:32 pm

      Thank you. We finally have. Took us about a week!

  8. Susan Mann November 14, 2017 / 3:31 pm

    What a beautiful photo of wee Z. This is stunning and the buildings are breathtaking. That mosque against the sky is striking. Glad you are recovered. Hugs xx

    • Notmyyearoff November 18, 2017 / 7:32 pm

      Thank you!! Hope you’re having a brilliant time in Manchester!

  9. Mary @ Over 40 and a Mum to One November 14, 2017 / 4:01 pm

    That’s a great photo of him and such a stunning setting. you didn’t bring the sunshine back with you though, did you! #365

    • Notmyyearoff November 18, 2017 / 7:33 pm

      Ahh I wish I could have. It feels like it’s been non stop dark weather ever since we’ve got back!

    • Notmyyearoff November 18, 2017 / 7:34 pm

      Thank so much Tracey. It’s a really interesting place to visit. Not that big but packed!

  10. Erica Price November 18, 2017 / 1:36 pm

    That mosque is a stunning building: so crisp, white and fresh. Looks such an interesting place to explore from your pictures.
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    • Notmyyearoff November 18, 2017 / 7:34 pm

      It really is. I’m glad we went back again to see it al (and my friend of course :))

  11. Agness of Fit Travelling November 18, 2017 / 10:58 pm

    I am speechless from your picture, Tas. This seems like an unforgettable experience. What did you like best in Abu Dhabi and what shouldn’t we miss there?

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