I have not posted an update in a long time, it has been a busy time, I am sure all of you can relate
It has been a year since we were house shopping and we found this property... it is hard to believe! The kids are already done with 2/3 of their school year! They have adjusted pretty well to the new schools, they all made some friends and they all like their schools. That has been a relief. It is different living here though- the town has more affluent residents, like rich in my standards, so it is kind of hard in that respect. We will never be a family with latest I phones ( even 5th graders!) , vacations to Hawaii or be able to participate in EVERY sport all year long. So I had to explain that to my middle kids, who have been affected by this the most. All of the sudden there is this pressure to join some sport and there are no cheap options like in our old city. Our oldest joined rowing which cost $700 !!! My jaw dropped when I saw that. I asked if we could pay it off in 3 months ( because it was due all at once) and the lady looked at me curiously... yeah, I dropped the "we have 10 kids" thing...:( He has applied to many places, but no jobs for him so far.
Then my 10 year old really wanted to join Taekwondo and I could not say no to him because he really needed something ( he struggles with confidence) also because he has not done any real sport activity yet. It has done wonders to him, I really love his teacher and the lessons they teach ( life lessons as well as martial arts) Julius is now happier, more respectful and slightly more confident.
Karolina has not done anything since being in a play in the Fall, because we just didn't have the money, but I signed her up for tumbling yesterday. She has been begging for "some sport since we live in this sporty city" - her words...
That leaves Chloe and Gabby wanting to do dance, but I keep saying not this school year. Kasia will do horseback riding as soon as it warms up ( they do it on a monthly basis).
My two other sons couldn't care less about sports, so for now I will leave it be, but I know they will need something eventually.
Yeah... I feel like I need to work nights at a grocery store to maybe pay for some of these activities.
Of course driving to places and being there is an issue too, this is where the whole Large Family thing gets complicated. People here are very nice though- not snobby, so it has been nice getting to know new moms.
I have not had a baby fever in a long time, I think we are probably good for now...;) Nick was a easy baby but a very tantrum prone toddler... Ten kids is a nice number, no?
Here are some latest pics:
Julius walking to receive his orange belt at promotional ceremony
Displaying his achievement and Matthew photobombing in the background
Kasia's birthday party. She turned 9. Friends and family
We rented a pony and some baby animals. It was cold so the animals were inside. Kasia feeding a lamb
Sebastian and the little zoo
All of the kids got pony rides
Nick wasn't a fan...
She was happy- all that matters!