Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Life lately {the early weeks of life down under}

For so many reasons, moving "home" to Australia has felt like moving to an entirely new country. 6.5 years (and 3 children) is a LONG time to be away. Cities change; familiar places disappear or develop into something different; roads seem foreign. Friends move. However, the one really familiar thing we had coming to Australia was family. I honestly can't imagine what it would be like moving to a new country, alone, with kids. We needed the support of family those early days and weeks, constantly. Practical help with the kids for one as we had a lot to do, but just company after such a hectic time preparing and packing and culling and selling and - mopping up vomit. That last week in California was a nightmare. I would say I don't know how I kept it together but the fact was, I didn't keep it together. I lost it. And without the support of the wonderful community we built during our time there, we would not have made it home to Australia, believe me.

Our game plan for moving back was to stay with my parents who live in the country, 2 hours north of the city in which we (now) reside. We didn't know if we'd be living with them for a week or a month, and it ended up being 6 weeks - thanks Mum and Dad!!!! Although I was initially really anxious to just get set up in our own house, those weeks were a real blessing. Family time is so precious, especially after such a lack of it these past years and it was great for the boys to finally get to know their Grandparents. It also gave us time to do all the legal bits n pieces, get our accounts sorted, buy a car and research all the things we needed to buy for our house. Given the difference in voltage, we couldn't send our appliances and because of the high cost of shipping, we chose to Craigslist the majority of our furniture and start afresh down under. This sounded so fun in theory! My mind was all - woo hoo!!!! SHOPPING!!! But (sorry, total first world problem) the reality wasn't that fun. Having one, maybe two rooms to do would've been a great project, but we essentially had to furnish an entire house including whitegoods in the weeks leading up to Christmas when so many stores had nothing in stock because of the silly season. Ugh.

The time flew by. We made an awful lot of day trips between Gympie and Brisbane (looking at houses, furniture etc etc), but also enjoyed just relaxing at the Gympie house...



Family time...




We watched a lot of sunsets...




Made use of the pool...


We also did a little kayaking...


Spotted many, many kangaroos in the yard - dawn and dusk, they're out there grazing...


Enjoyed variations in weather once again (sunshine day in and day out for years gets a little old) including some summer storms...




Visited one of my favourite beaches...


Freaked out at the local wildlife...


And boy oh boy, we sampled a lot of coffee! Jetlagged kiddos make for some extremely tired parents.


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1 comment:

  1. I totally get the decorating stress! Furnishing a whole new house would be a ton of work!

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