Friday, April 6, 2012

Spring Break!

Oh man, did we have an incredible week!!!  Mark planned everything .. it was our first time to really do a family vacation like this and it really couldn't have been better!!

We left Dubai on Friday morning and headed to Al Ain to see Michael Cusick, a friend from Colorado that we know through Wes Roberts (<--the guy that married Mark & I and baptized all 3 of our babies :))  speak at a Christian church out there .. GREAT CHURCH called Al Ain Evangelical Church .. It was so refreshing to be there.  We then went to the lead pastor's home with Michael and his son for lunch.  They were amazing hosts ..they had toys for the kids, etc.  We all had a great time.  Honestly, it's just so surreal .. I just sit back sometimes and wonder how we end up where we are .. I mean seriously!! It's no doubt that none of this is randomly happening, but really .. who does this??

 Pastor Brad, his wife Jeanette, Michael Cusick and our family
The next stop was at our hotel in Al Ain.  Mark picked Al Ain because it's really close (about 90 min drive to get there) and it has a fantastic zoo.  Here's a link:  Al Ain Zoo.

We spent the first night at the hotel pool, playing and going down the slide over and over and over again, ate dinner and then headed to bed.

The next day we got up, ate breakfast and headed straight to the zoo.  Here's what we saw/did:

 It was HOT for us, so the girls were happy to find some sprinklers to run through.  :) 

 What catches your eye the most in this picture?  The cheetah or Paige's cute hat? 

  In this picture, the girls are looking over a HUGE area that had giraffes, rhinos, zebras, etc.  It was so cool to see them all hanging out together in a huge safari-like location.  I wish I was able to get a picture to really show what it was like.

  I have never seen this before in my life .. we laughed and laughed!!

 Max is opening his mouth and telling the giraffe to "say AAAAAH" so he can feed it a carrot

We left the zoo at about 1:30 .. it was HOT for us Colorado folks and the kids just plain-ol' pooped out!  We grabbed ice cream on our way to the car and then drove up Mount Jebel Hafeet to have lunch at a resort/hotel up there.  Apparently, the road up has been described as "the greatest driving road in the world."  Here was our view as we got started:

Mark drove cautiously, being that we might have some passengers that are prone to motion sickness.
(wink, wink) :)

Here's a picture of the hotel where we had lunch:

After lunch, we headed down the mountain and drove through the green mountain area, the Green Mubazarrah, that lies in the foothills.

From there it was more pool fun until we heard the kids say, "I'M TIRED" .. it was fun to let them decide when we "call it a day." 

..continuted on "Spring Break (part 2)" <--you can click that to get there

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