Camel Races

Camel races are another FUN outing here in the UAE. There are races all over this region, but I’ve only attended the one in Abu Dhabi. The camel tracks here in Abu Dhabi share the real estate with bike tracks and trekking sand dunes, so there is action year round. The camel races begin at 7:30am and again at 2:30pm. Racing occurs all year but the big season October through April.

My friends, Tara and I went out at 7:30am to see the last races of this season. It was a beautiful morning and the camels didn’t disappoint.

camels at the starting gate
camels at the starting gate

 

What FUN thing will you do this week?

hello camel!
hello camel!

Aloha,

Denise

camels crossing the finish line
camels crossing the finish line

 

 

Here’s what I know…

I know that in 42 days my youngest daughter will walk across a big, decorated stage and accept her diploma from high school. My mommy job will end as she settles into her chair and her evening dinner party, then to the airplane that takes her to college.

I know that my eldest daughter will graduate from her college with an associates’ degree focusing on the Arts and continue to live, work and play 13,839 km away.

I know that  as “empty nesters” Mark and I and will live like we did 21 years ago:  as DINKS (double income no kids). We’ll both work, enjoy the weekends and travel as much as we can.

I also know that life is rolling along exactly like it’s supposed to: one fabulous day at time.

I know that I’m blessed beyond words and grateful for it all.

What do you know?

Aloha,

Denise

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How to enjoy Spring

Spring is in the air ~ it’s sunny, warm and breezy. The ocean is warming up and the beaches are more populated. The sun is up earlier and down later. Go out and enjoy it all!!

I attended a wedding over the weekend ~ ahhhh, young love! Stay connected as people’s lives move in different directions.  It’s so fun to experience FUN events.

I shared my love of Abu Dhabi with a high school friend and her friend ~ showing them the sunny places I frequent and enjoy.

Gentle reminder: get out and enjoy each day! Play full out! Say hello and rekindle lost friendships. You’ll be so happy you did.

Aloha,

Denise

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Social media wins the prize!!!

I have accolades, praise, whoops and hooplas for social media, specifically Facebook. To make a long story short, I’ve spent all day today with a friend from high school and her friend from college, reminiscing, laughing, eating and touring!!! ~ All thanks to Facebook!!!

I love Lisa Z and her friend Lynne S and I wouldn’t have seen them, here in Abu Dhabi, were it not for our connection on FB.

‘Nuff said.

Stay connected!! Spread love! Smile!

Aloha,

Denise

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Filled up with family

Over the past week, I spent some quality time with my mom, dad, brother, sister-in-law, cousins, uncles and aunts in Dallas, TX.  I also got to see my college roomie Kim, my friend Fadia and our Baltimore friend Patrick.

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Then I spent quality time with my mom-in-law, my cousin Craig, sisters and brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews in New York City.

Craig & me in NYC

 

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My heart is filled up with family. Many of those wonderful people I haven’t seen in over two years….and it was a treat and a pleasure to see them.

As time progresses, we must enjoy our family: tell stories, listen to stories, dance, share meals and treasure our history.

I’m grateful and happy.

How is your family?

Aloha,

Denise