On December 9 we headed to Abu Dhabi to begin our trip. We stopped at the new Yas Mall and wandered around for a while and had dinner at The Cheesecake Factory. Then we headed to the airport at around 9pm. Our flight wasn't until 2:45am the next day but Hubby needed to get back to Al Ain (about an hour and a half drive) and work the next morning. The kids and I went through the first security area and waited for check-in for our flight to open. We were still sitting there when Hubby texted to say that he made it home safely! After we checked in we went through passport control and went to wait in the terminal. At this point Monkey was exhausted and finally fell asleep.
Since you have to go through security a second time, to get to the gate, we had to try to wake Monkey up. He would NOT wake up. I had to hold him up and push him (gently) through the metal detector and the security guy had to catch him as he came through. It was quite entertaining. The sweet ladies that were getting ready to help us board the flight saw me struggling with him and let me sit in their nice comfy chairs until it was time to board. They also had me board first (been a long time since I have pre-boarded a flight).
The flight was fine and we had some time in the London airport to find some food. Monkey was really excited to have pancakes and I was thrilled to have Eggs Benedict!! Can you say HAM?!?
|The little play area in one of the Family Lounges at the London airport.|
Dec. 11-14 the kids and I visited with family and friends and also walked the Gilbert Temple grounds. I couldn't get a really good photo of the kids because either the sun was in their eyes or they were freezing in the shade!