I’ve quit blogging in favor of trying to comment a bit more frequently on the blogs/twitters I do read and journaling the photos I take of Moo, my family and my surroundings (I love Day One).
I may yet come back later, but in the meantime – some random bullets of life…
This past year
- We’ve had a fantastic year and a bit in Christchurch. We have done SO much as a family – skied, camped, run, hiked, traveled and spent time with our immediate and extended family. We’ve truly lived up to the statement we made in Moo’s preschool profile, “what our family likes to do: ‘Travel and Eat'”.
- I achieved key professional and personal goals including FINALLY skiing off-piste and black trails at Mt Hutt. I’m still not quite Top of the Towers brave and I will probably go all my life without venturing on to the South Face – but I am perfectly happy with that. I am perfectly content with the achievement of getting down the Platter Splatter and Log Chute with reasonable style. Especially as I fucking hated the traverse over some nasty ice to get to the Platter Splatter.
- Quite hilariously, after this year, I would have been happy to stay on in Chch, but Dr DK wanted to go back to Perth for work reasons. I couldn’t argue really (although I tried). So – back we go again.
- This is giving me a good chance to get rid of more furniture and stuff I don’t want. It feels good both to divest and to think about how I want my house and future possessions to be more intentionally chosen.
- I have also been putting quite a bit of thought into what has made me so happy to be living in Christchurch this year. It comes down to family that is close (but not too close), a walkable/quick car commute, easy access to skiing/outdoors, the ability to share the commute/school drop offs and walk to have lunch dates with my husband because our work places are close. I am not yet sure how to incorporate all that back into our life in Perth. We would have to move house – but that’s not viable for family reasons. Which lead into the family being too close. And Perth is in no way close to skiing.
- So, I am pretty sure we’ll end up back in Christchurch in the future. Now is not the right time to stay, but we can plan to come back.
- I look forward so much to coming back over the next few years and seeing how the city changes and develops now that more buildings are going up than coming down. I really love this city – living and working in the post-apocalypse of the earthquakes has made this feeling so much more vivid. I feel connected here now.
- After four years and having reconciled myself to life with one child… yep, I’m pregnant again (currently 21 or 22 weeks?). In the fine tradition of my children inconveniencing me even prior to birth, I’ll be too pregnant to attend my brother’s wedding in Canada in June.
- I also had to tell my work in Perth that after being on leave without pay for 12 months, I’d like to go straight into maternity leave. That was awkward.
- As awkward as interrupting my manager here, who was telling me he wanted to take me off contract to put me on permanently, that I was resigning.
- On the upside, I can see how to use my work experience here to progress in my career back there and have been able to build some new connections that should help both my colleagues here and there share knowledge and improve our services.
- I veer between being quite happy about having another child and absolutely dreading the baby phase. All my happy memories (and I have photos to prove both I and Moo looked happy fairly frequently) seem to be subsumed under memories of the SCREAMING and DIRE LACK of SLEEP. And the STROLLER REFUSAL and the CAR SEAT HATE and and and and… let’s just not think about it and focus on how awesome 4 is.
- I am very sad that Moo will be leaving her excellent and very well resourced preschool here where she has been absolutely thriving (think on-site swimming lessons, spanish, specialist art and music, trips to the cybrary with buddies from the big school, one of her aunties was one of her teachers, ballet class…)
- She’s booked into a community kindergarten back in Perth about 2 minutes walk from our house. However, they only attend a 5 day fortnight and it’ll be without a bunch of the ‘extra’ stuff on-site. But on the upside, it is small classes and SUPER convenient. So, I’ve been looking up swimming lessons, music, a literacy program… Anything to keep her busy! She’s very high energy – always has been. The kid happily walked 8 km of the Queen Charlotte Track at age 3, singing and chatting all the way. She needs action and people to talk to.
- However Moo starts Big School (5 year old Kindergarten) in February so I’ll be able to be on maternity leave through her first term at school. It’ll be nice to ease the transition by being able pick her up from school at least for the first 10 weeks.
- This time round – the baby ain’t even born yet and it’s already on waitlists at three different daycares. I am not getting caught out having to drive out of my way to do daycare drop offs again! Two of the daycare centres the baby is waitlisted at are within 600 m of the Big School, one is within 600 m of of my work.
- However, given the need to deal with school holidays, pick-ups and drop-offs, we may yet decide a nanny is a better option.
- I have freaked myself out by realizing that my kids are going to be five full years apart at school.
- Also – I will be 50 (!?!!) when Moo finishes high school
- But having thought about all that, I’m going to focus on the right now. And right now, I have to go – I have a baby blanket to crochet and less than 20 weeks to do it in.