Well, it’s cold and raining here in Sunny Queensland….. Beautiful one minute, perfect the next. LOL. I actually do think it’s pretty perfect when it’s cold and raining … so relaxing and comfy to stay at home, knowing I don’t have to do the school run.. (HUGE homeschooling benefit). I should clarify though.. I only think it’s perfect weather if the rain goes away by day 3 or 4… after that, it just gets yucky with laundry and other jobs that require dry weather. To date, I have refused to buy a clothes dryer as I think they are a waste of money and electricity… but it is on days like today that I’m super tempted to get one. I certainly did enjoy having one when we were away, so who knows.. maybe you might see a blog in the future entitled :I bought a clothes dryer”.. man, what an exciting blog that would be. LOL.
We are well into our schoolwork for the term, which is fantastic. Master 12s maths tutor is here at present. He claims to hate having a maths tutor, but whenever she’s here, he loves the learning… and says so afterwards too. His extreme improvement in Maths show that he is most defiantly benefiting from the tutoring.
There are several tests on the cards for today, so that always makes for a slightly more ‘interesting’ day… usually in a good way.. sometimes, not so much. At least there’s only one spelling test… last fortnight, all 3 kids spelling tests lined up on the SAME day and I was ready to scream by the end of it.. I just felt like all I did all day was read out spelling words. Arrrggghhh !! So, as a result, I’m VERY glad there is only one spelling text today. :0)
After our ‘normal’ schoolwork is complete today, we will go onto some pre-naplan testing. Napoleon is The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is an annual national assessment for all students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. All students in these year levels are expected to participate in tests in reading, writing, language conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy. I’m just super ‘lucky’ to have all 3 kiddos falling in the participating years this year. It will be a slight adventure though, as they return to their previous school in order to do the testing. It goes for 3 days, but only for the morning session each day. I’m not really looking forward to it to be honest, as I won’t know what to do with myself for those hours… I’ll have to plan coffee dates to keep me distracted from he fact that my children aren’t with me.. yes, pathetic I know. I believe I’ve set myself up for additional heartache when it comes time for them to ‘fly the nest’. Oh well, I’ll face that when I get there.. after all, I KNOW that God gives me strength to get through ALL things, so I’ll be fine.
DH has let me know that he has a trip coming up for work.. he’ll be away for 2wks, so I’m in the process of planning a weekend away to visit him in the middle of his trip. We haven’t had time away without children in 6yrs, so it’ll certainly be good if I can make it happen.
Side note – I LOVE hearing the rain falling outside as I type this… it’s a simply glorious sound.. I’ve told you guys before that we often listen to classical or worship music while working, but on rainy days like these.. we all prefer to have the rain as our music.
There, of course, are some drawbacks to these rainy days, like soccer training cancellation for this afternoon, as well as a most likely cancelled game on Saturday. It’s a home game and the field tends to stay wet for a while, and seeing the rain is predicted to stay around until Sat, I don’t think our chances are good.
Mother’s Day is just around the corner too and I’m trying to think of things to do for the day… No, my DH is, shall we say, PATHETIC when it comes to celebrating these days, so this year I’ve decided that rather than get down about the fact that he doesn’t organise anything… I’ll just do it.. that way, at least I’ll enjoy the day. Gotta take the good with the bad.. I may not have been blessed with a super romantic DH, but I certainly was blessed with a skilled one. There are so many things he has been able to do around & in our houses over the years that have saved us buckets of money. In addition to that, there are so many things he does do that perhaps other DHs don’t, so I came to the point a few years back to always focus on that, rather than the things that I ‘wish’ were in his skill-set. Plus, there’s the added bonus that we don’t need to own a stepladder… Hahahahahaha. For those that don’t know us personally, my DH is 6ft 6inches tall. Lightbulbs are changed with ease here in our home. LOL !!!
Okies peeps.. I pray you’re having a blessed day !! xox
So, we’ve been back since VERY early Monday. We dragged our butts in the door at 6am after a very, very uncomfortable flight from Darwin.
A few reason why is was uncomfortable… the fact that we got on a plane after having been awake already for 18hrs, then it’s understandably uncomfortable sitting up for 4hrs when you want to be asleep, plus add some coldness in there … and you’re pretty much on track for how ‘pleasant’ our time was.
Anyway… enough about that… we very unfortunately had to come home to a, shall we say, atrociously disgusting pet situation…. let’s just not talk about that one anymore as I’m pretty peeved about it to honest. 3 days later, it is close to being rectified.
We all fell into bed by 6.30 and slept soundly, not hearing a single thing including a few phone calls and txt messages, until lunchtime. We hadn’t eaten anything when arriving home (nothing in the house) and then didn’t eat for the same reason when we got up at ‘lunch’ time. I headed out with my Mum & 2 of my nieces at about 2pm and when we were ordering coffee, it occurred to me that I hadn’t eaten all day and I honestly had no idea what meal of the day it even was. It was a super weird sensation. This weirdness continued until probably yesturday actually… I seriously wouldn’t have thought you can get jet lag from flying within Australia, but we definitely had it. I think if we’d flown home during the day it would have been fine though.
It is pretty surreal that the whole trip is now over…. so much planning and organising for months prior, and now it’s all done & dusted. I guess that’s how it goes though right.
The kids are back into their schoolwork, but we are yet to get started at our normal time of 8am. Maybe t’row.. oh wait, it’s Good Friday t’row, so let’s try for next Tuesday. I’m optimistic about the situation. LOL.
I does feel a tad weird that we are finishing the term today and yet I’m only sending one (fat) envelope of testing back to the school. Having said that, I did back date 4 or 5 tests in order to make them fall in February and not March.
The schooling situation definitely feels different this year, which is sad. We don’t have the same group feeling that we enjoyed last year. There is still to be an activity day with the group we were with last year. There has been a couple of others, but no-one we knew was at them. It’s great to make new friends, yes, but also great to catch up with old ones.
I believe there will be catchups with our former group starting next term, so we’ll certainly look forward to those.
Ok… signing off for now peeps.