The day after Peyton's party we packed it up and made a very long drive through the desert from Saudi to Abu Dhabi. We had everything all packed and ready before we went to bed and woke up earl and left the house at 4:00 AM which worked great because the kids slept until 8 AM which helped make the trip not feel so long for them. It took us 8.5 hours driving and 1 hour at customs and the route was pretty straight forward and an easy drive. Both Peyton and Graham were amazing and did great in the car. I was probably more impatient and fussy than they were. It was a very boring drive with not much to see....not even pretty sand dunes. But we encountered many camels which made Peyton happy!
It was pretty funny once we passed through customs and made it into the United Arab Emirates how different the roads, landscape and just overall feel of the country was. The roads were smooth, nice and had traffic signs and people followed the traffic rules. They have tons of radars along roads and will send out tickets so people don't speed. The roads had landscaping along them and was such a more scenic drive.
We made it to Abu Dhabi finally and immediately met up with my sister for some swimming. I will do another post on our time in Abu Dhabi but pretty much I loved the city and wish we lived there!