Thursday, August 11, 2016

6.5 years, 2 countries and 3 children later...

It's taken six and a half years, two countries and three children, but...


Truly, I can't believe I am typing those words. So many emotions, butterflies in my stomach. We have one way tickets booked. Come October, we won't be living the expat life any longer... People, we're coming home.

This has been a decision that has been on our hearts for a long time. We've always said we'd decide where we wanted to live long term when Oliver started school - and he's due to start kindergarten here next week / prep in January 2017 in Australia. There were so many things to consider, but at the end of the day, we want to raise our kids down under. I want our children to be educated in Australia. I want them to experience a more relaxed Aussie upbringing. I want Ollie's accent to become Australian. I want my children to know their grandparents, their aunties, their uncles, their cousins. I want them to associate beach days with actually swimming in water that doesn't require a wetsuit to survive, not just sitting on the sand wearing a hoodie in the middle of summer. I want them to think a biscuit is a cookie, not a scone. I want them to know what the rocket clock is. I want them to associate the Christmas season with hot, humid summer days; boxing day at the beach; fresh prawns for lunch. I want them to say Zed not Zee. I want them to know what a thunderstorm is. I want them to experience a more laid back lifestyle, free from the insane pressures that are placed on children from a very young age in "Silicon Valley". I want them to know the delicious experience of a sausage sizzle. And heck, I want them to grow up in a country where kinder surprise eggs are not illegal!!!

To be honest, if it was just about Mitch and I - we'd probably continue to live internationally, for a few more years at least. But the fact is, we're not the same people we were back in 2010 when we packed our lives into our backpacks and set off on an adventure to live and travel in Europe. We've both changed, in a good way. We're no longer just a couple; we're a family now, and our family comes before our nomadic desires. And honestly - as much as I want to keep traveling and show our kids this big old world we live in, I also want to put down some long term roots. I want to buy a house. I want our kids to have a childhood home, and not keep moving from rental to rental. It's time to 'settle down', whatever that means.

I always knew 2016 was going to be a big year for our family with the addition of Anneke, but we've just added a whole lot more busy to the crazy. Moving our family of 5 across the pacific - lets just say my to do list is growing by the day.

Watch out Australia. We're coming for you!

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  1. Wow - that is exciting!! I think Canada and Australia are very similar in a lot of ways... except for the weather of course! It's interesting to see the things you've listed as 'Australian', like the pronunciation of 'z':) Good luck with your move. I've always wanted to live abroad for a time - still do - but I think it would be realistically something we may do for 6 months or a year, sort of an extended holiday. I would love to live in France or Italy for a time and have my children become fluent in a second language. What part of Australia are you from?

  2. Oh Luana!! I am SO happy for you and your family, but so sad that you will be EXTRA far away now!
    And you know to me that a biscuit, a scone and a cookie are all three different things;)
    Love and hugs to you!


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