Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less travelled by,
And that has made all the difference.

...Robert Frost...

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Summer Holidays come to an end....

Well, here it is, the end of seven weeks school holidays. I didn't want this day to come! This is the first time we have actually stayed at home during our break, other than one week at the coast. Usually our holidays are spent travelling to visit family so I have loved, loved, loved being at home. Doing so much but nothing at all really. Little odd jobs here and there and plenty of socialising. Did you hear that?? Socialising!! I guess we are making friends! Our general motto in the first 12 months of living in a new place is to never turn down an invitation, no matter how unlikely it seems. Surprise friendships can happen anywhere. So now 12 months later, we are kind of working out who might become long lasting friends. So, it has been exciting to catch up with people, whether it be days out on the boat, or BBQS, or pool afternoons, family gatherings, dinners out or New Years Eve parties. But tomorrow it is back to the real world- school and work routines.

So, this is how our holidays panned out:

Beach holiday

Localised flooding

Christmas in our own home

Time in the garden

Sorting out, tidying up, organising!!

Beginning a mini bathroom makever

Lots and lots of time in the pool

Installing a new mailbox

Acquiring new pets. Ok,so there were originally four and now there is one! Not a good result really!!

Watching the cricket. What's summer without the cricket! (even if the Ashes had a less than favourable ending!) And tonight, the Australian Open men's final.

And that's not the half of it!

But the really big reason I don't want these holidays to end is that my baby, my third born, my girl, starts High School tomorrow! I don't want it to happen! I don't want her to change. I don't want her to grow up. She's going off to an all girls school and we all know how high school girls can be!! Have we made the right decision?? I hope so. Will she go from being my little girl to a moody high schooler overnight? I hope not. She's not finding starting high school any big deal as she is very used to starting at new schools. She's old hand at it. But it is making me very nervous and I'm trying hard not to let her know that. It will be a big day for me tomorrow!

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