Last night was a rough one! Late to bed then up at 4:30. 4:30am? Yup, it's true – WIDE AWAKE! So I decided to read to see if that would put me back to sleep. After an hour and a half, I did finally fall asleep. But Ed woke me from a dead sleep only to be real groggy. Sadly this grogginess didn't wear off and I felt out of it all day long. But too bad – We had sites to see. Today, we went to the Dubai mall. This is the largest mall I think in the world, but I don't know how they judge that. Most stores? Or Square footage? It is a 420,000 square foot mall. It is the base of the tallest building in the world – The Berj. Imagine 5 Meijer stores and you might have a picture of the massiveness of this place. Inside was an ice skating rink, and a huge aquarium. It was very impressive. Many well known stores were also here. Josh went into the Adidas store and scored his Christmas present – An authentic 2010 World Cup Soccer Ball. I couldn't believe it was authentic for the price, but it certainly was. Merry Christmas, Josh. Happy Boy!
Before the Dubai Mall – we went to a store that reminded me of Meijer or Super Walmart. The lower level was groceries, while upstairs you had everything else. Manoj spoiled our kids rotten. Hannah chose a Churidar (Indian dress) as well as a watch. Rachel also received a watch. And Josh got a Cricket bat and ball. Great, another sport for him to master.
After our shopping expeditions we headed back to Manoj and Nancy's apartment for a late lunch and to prepare for evening church. They do church on Friday in Dubai. It is like our Saturday. So this was Ed and Abe's first preaching adventure. I stayed back at the apartment for nursery duties. Church is a bit different here. Common is a 2.5 – 3 hour church service. Wow! After church the Sr. Pastor took us out to a very nice Arabic restaurant. The only problem – I was so terribly tired from my early morning. By the time they arrived back at the apartment to pick us up it was already 9:30pm. Needless to say - I wasn't in the mood for being social or eating. I really wanted bedtime. All the way to the restaurant I prayed about my attitude. After all – this was an expensive evening they were treating us to. The dinner was really fantastic. I love Arabic Food and so does the whole family. This is good because we have had a lot of it.
While I was taking care of the kids, I had some time to do devotions. While I was at it I listed some things that I really like and things that I miss.
Things I like:
1.Food, Food, Food ( Masala Dosa, Idli, Chicken Fried Rice, Lentil pudding)
2.Groceries delivered to your door! Need a gallon of milk? Just ring the grocer and they bring it to your flat. Yee and Haw! I could dig that.
3.Watching Joshua and Jonathon interact. Josh is the big brother of the whole group. But Jonathon doesn't believe it. He runs to Josh with exuberance any time and doesn't want to share him. It is so sweet.
Things I miss:
3.Alone Time – guess I do need some. Who knew?
4.Brewed Coffee. Although the instant isn't bad.
5.Hot shower (All I have had is cold and at best lukewarm)
6.Warmth (It is chilly and rainy here. They only see rain about 10 days out of the year. And it has rained the past two days. What? Oh for the love! Better than snow or cold though. I would be woefully unprepared for that.)
Here is to a better night's sleep tonight!