A Family Update

Hello Strangers…..

It has been a long 6 months since I updated this blog.  The longest time it has sat quiet in 5 years!

There is so much to catch you up on I am not quite sure to begin, so lets start at January……

I was all out of leave.  You name it I had used it!  Unpaid leave, long service leave, maternity leave, extended maternity leave, all gone. So it was either return to work or forfeit my permanent position.  With bills mounting and future dreams scheming returning to work seems the most sensible decision.  The hunt for a job share partner started and ended quickly as I had the perfect person already in mind, with one catch.  I had to return in Term 1 and her Maternity leave didn’t finish until the start of Term 2.  So I sucked it up and went back full time for Term 1.  For the first time in 10 years I was placed not in Prep and instead tried a new adventure in Year 3.  To add to the craziness I also took on a one day a week role as a “Visible Learning Impact Coach”.  To say I have loved it is an understatement.  By far the best teaching year I have ever had.  A beautiful class, wonderful teaching team and I could just about go full time forever!  (I am now on 4 days, 3 in class, 1 in Visible Learning)

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The one catch is that this means our little Hurricane (who is now 2.3) had to start Day Care.  Bonus is it’s only 3 days a week and located at my work so super handy.  He cries every morning, but when I pick him up he has had a great day.  His language has EXPLODED and he talks more than any of my kids have!  He is an exceptional eater but a horrific sleeper.  Can’t win them all.

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Little Miss A is in Grade 1 and has been blessed to have the same teacher she had for Prep who has now just left for the rest of the year on long service.  Poor little girl is heartbroken!  We have upped the anti with dancing this year and are throwing all our time (and all our money) into her favourite thing to do.  She is now in 6 classes a week!  She would go every day if we let her.  She spends every waking moment watching dancing, playing dancing or practicing dancing.  She has her first Violin solo coming up and her first dancing eisteddfod!  She thrives at school and has a particular penchant for numbers.  Her obsessive personality sure comes into it’s own in Maths.  She fills pieces of paper with equations, just for fun.

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Master O is now in Grade 4 and filling his days with Choir and Drama lessons.  Still intent on a job on Television he will do anything to be on a stage.  His confidence still amazes me.  He completed a NIDA Drama workshop and at then end stood in front of a crowd of parents (strangers) and presented his line flawlessly and without the slightest hint of nerves.  Not only that but he simply loves it.  He is desperate to go to a film workshop but thats where the big bucks (so far the cheapest has been $500!) come in so we are shopping around for one in Brisbane that is good and affordable!

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Perhaps the biggest change in our lives is THE LAKE HOUSE.  After years of dreaming and scheming and planning we finally did it.  We sold our much loved first family home, bought a block of land, moved into a rental and started planning our new build, by the lake.  It’s our dream location and our dream home, but dreams sure don’t happen quickly!  This process is a whole blog post in itself!

So that where we are at.  Building, working, schooling, multiple drop offs, hours in dance and drama waiting rooms and living life!