It's waaay too quiet up in here lately.
What are you all upto?
Have your little ones gone to school?
Leia's first day at pre-school is on Monday eeeek! I can't believe it!! She has a uniform and everything, although it is WAY too big for her because she's still so tiny haha. I am really nervous for her and I'm worried she won't like it. Only because on her taster day it took her a while to settle. I'm also freaking out that the school will call me all the time, for the slightest things.... like if she ever has an accident in her pants.... because they can't change them themselves I am worried they'll call me out of work. I'm probably over reacting but I can't help it haha. It's nothing like nursery where they're very hands on and Leia loves her teachers. No wonder kids don't have good relationships with their teachers these days!
Me - Kristi, 29
DD - Leia, July 5 2008
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Nate is back at school, yay!!! He only goes Tues 9-3, and Wed 9-12. I'm happy to get a break from him to be honest, but this week I felt like I just ran around everywhere and got rained on a lot! And they do a parent rota at his school to help out, and I'm on there 3 bloody times between now and Christmas! Good grief! I also help them out with parties and bring and buy sales. Talk about taking advantage! Blah!!!
Are you serious, they won't change her if she wets herself? Really?! She's 3 for goodness sake! She'll be fine, really. I felt that way when I first took Nate. I thought for sure they were going to call me or that he was going to freak out and miss me. But no. He didn't bat an eyelid about being left, and they have never once called me.
Nothing horribly exciting going on in my life. We got new neighbours and they seem nice. I'm trying very hard to cook meals from scratch instead of using packets and jars all the time. I'm on night number 3. I have booked us a trip to Disney World in Florida in February and am very excited about that. Though not so much about the plane journey. I'm flying on my own with the 2 kids so I can spend some time with my family. DH can only get 2 weeks off at a time, so he's joining us there. Its just a day (of pure hell, I'm sure!) I'll survive!
Nate 23 June, 2008 Alice 8 July, 2010
Kristi, why on earth wouldn't they change her? That's insane. So if you were unavailable they would just let her sit around in her own pee/poo for a couple hours until you could get there? That sounds unlikely.
Ava's just started preschool as well. They don't have uniforms here at that age though. She absolutely loved it from the moment she walked in. The teachers all told me you'd never know it was her first day, she jumped right in playing and chatting away to everyone around her. Such a relief She pretty much kicks me out as soon as we get there too, I get told "OK mummy, I'm going to play at preschool and you are going to run home, ok?" I don't know why I have to run Ava, but ok...
We've booked a trip back home as well, we're going to my mom's in Canada for a couple of weeks over Christmas. I can't wait!!! I haven't spent Christmas with my mom in about 6 years. Too long!!
We're getting really antsy to leave the UK soon too. I'm hoping something will magically come up that will allow us to move back to Canada, but it doesn't look likely. DH is pushing Aus big time. We are hoping to have moved by February, and it's quite likely it will be to Australia. I'm more OK with that than I was a few years ago. There are just no jobs in what we do in Vancouver, and Australia isn't a bad place to live - even though it's FREAKING expensive!
Sam, I can't believe how involved you are with the school! Is that from choice or do you have to go on this rota?
The only reason I'm thinking I'll get a call for the slightest thing, is because on her taster day there was a little boy who was in the process of potty training. The teacher had to take his Mums number incase he had an accident. Maybe it was just because they didn't know him that well, I'm not sure. I just get that impression. Like, if the weather is nice during the summer, I have to apply sun lotion before I drop her at school as they're not allowed to touch the kids! It's all a bit over the top in my opinion.
I'm hoping it's better than I'm expecting. I loved school as a child, I guess I just want Leia to be the same ya know? It's all a worry haha.
Awww Florida, how fab will that be! We're planning on going for Christmas 2013.... I'm super excited haha,
Oh Court, Aus would be amazzzzing!! Is it really that expensive though? What's expensive, the cost of living or buying property?
Christmas will be fun for you this year then How's the newest addition to the family doing? Is it harder with 2?
Me - Kristi, 29
DD - Leia, July 5 2008
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This summer was crazy busy. We found out Callie is allergic to cashews and pistachios and now I carry an epipen Jr. I took her to gymnastics and romp n roll. We made gingerbread men for the first time together. We went on several short trips, one long trip, and did some stuff around the house. Things I accomplished included cleaning and semi-organizing our closet, cleaning and organizing the closet in the nursery, cleaning out the freezer, have several estimates done on finishing a portion of our basement, choose a contractor, and got the ball rolling on the finishing, cleaning and organizing the coat closet, organizing Callie's clothes, sorting Callie's baby clothes, getting Callie's big girl (twin) bed refinished and then deploying it into her room, and making a website in drupal (which I had to learn) for some friends who own a farm. (whew). Our big trip was to NC again. It seems that our favorite vacation destination is now Emerald Isle, and we've been there the last three years in a row. This year, Callie seemed more interested in going into the ocean! At 30 weeks pregnant, I swam out to the sandbar and played in the waves with my husband, father, and brother. We took a dolphin and wild pony cruise, too. We actually saw a few of both species! We also ate lots of good food.
My second pregnancy seems to be going according to clockwork *knocks on wood*. Estimated due date is October 9, but I'm thinking late September. I feel like I'm much bigger this time, though I'm just carrying differently. I'm currently 35 weeks and 5 days along, and expect that this child really could come anytime. My husband and I are having an awful time with names; there's just nothing we both go THAT'S IT! about. The big problem is that we both have very popular names for the years we were born. We don't want our son to have too popular of a name.. but we also both like traditional names best. It's conflicting!
I am back to work now, and very busy with my job. I can't believe I'll be leaving soon to have a little one.. Yikes!
Callie Ruth *** June 4, 2008
Conor Brian *** October 4, 2011
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Kristi, the parent rota is required, but most people are on there only once a term. I cannot believe I'm on there 3 times! I am on the pre-school committee, so maybe she thinks I want to be EXTRA involved and have no life? lol maybe next term i will get lucky and not be on there at all?
Courtney, that's exciting about moving. I've got pangs to move back to the US really bad at the moment. But it just doesn't make sense financially. I think I just miss my family. And it sucks they don't come and visit. I've been here going on 6 years now and my mother has come twice, and my dad once, and a fly by visit from one of my brothers who was here doing something else for his phd. I really do like it here, but it would be nice to have some family around.
Lisa, you are getting close now! Hopefully your little boy will be here before you know it, and you will look at him and know what his name is! (can I recommend Nathaniel Its a nice traditional name.) Good luck!
Nate 23 June, 2008 Alice 8 July, 2010
Kristi, everything in Aus is expensive, it's crazy. Salaries are high too, minimum wage is liek $20 an hour or so but for us lowly travellers it's unattainable. Carl could probably pull in 150-200K a year there, which sounds massive, but that's probably comparable to around £60k here (in/around London) when you factor in cost of living. So not bad, but not living the high life!!
Sam, shame your mom doesn't make it over more often, I miss my mom painfully and we make sure we see each other at least twice a year. It's still hard though, and I miss her.
Lisa, I can't believe you are due so soon!! Can't wait to meet the little guy! We couldn't agree on names at all either. Luckily DH just let me have my way with the names in a moment of weakness while I was still in hospital
We've just booked a trip down to France Dordogne region for week after next, weeee! Can't wait. My dad has a house down there, so we could do it on the cheap. Plus we'll have built in babysitters since he and his wife will be there with us.
Yes, Thomas is in school! He started in February at this school, and now he's in the 3 year old class. About half the kids are the same from last year. Some of them are still in the 2 year old class. He really loves it. He's learning a lot, and is like a little sponge. He wants every day to be Friday so he can take show & tell.
This school is also full-day childcare (for those who pay for it), so they don't ask the parents to volunteer. They do give us a week off at Christmas, and summers off if I want them. I do, because I'm a teacher and I get the summers off! I don't want to pay when I don't need to.
Overall, we're very happy with the school. However, he seems to get REALLY sick about once a month. We're talking ear infection, tonsillitis, etc. I have missed a ton of work since he started in the spring. I am hoping his immune system will build up and he won't get so sick when he's older.