I have just begun my third week of work. I work 3 days a week (5hrs per day) and am really enjoying the challenge of working in a new place. The people whom I work with are great and very helpful. Life is getting back to normal and routine has returned which makes us all feel more settled.
Nick received an award at parade in his second week of school for settling in well and working hard which he was thrilled with as we are proud. He has also begun tennis coaching before school on a Wednesday which he is enjoying.
Penny is loving her ballet. She is enjoying school although very tired by the end of the week.
We finished our Valentine's Day project with a few more bits and pieces added at the front door and a heart garland inside which the children glued together.
On the weekends we have enjoyed exploring our new city. We visited Mt Cootha which has beautiful gardens and a great look out over the city. There were many little brass statues throughout the gardens - here a frog and Miss Penny.
I love this photo and the background lights I achieved. It inspires me to get back into my photography again.
On Saturday we had a day out at the races whilst the children had a sleep over at their cousins - thank you Auntie Trudie, Alex and Lachie. We had a great day with great company and came home winners. I have included a photo of my outfit - thank you Mum and Dad for my gorgeous cream and black shoes (an early birthday present).
On Sunday we visited Manly which is on the coast. We found some markets and the kids had a good bike ride along the waters edge.
This week has been incredibly hot and humid but we shouldn't complain as our north Qld folk have fared much worse with Cyclone Yasi hitting the coast. Yesterday Craig pulled out the kid's water slide which we thought would work a little better in our new yard as we have a slope but as all our outside taps are run off water tanks, the pressure was very poor. Craig stood with the hose directly on the slide and sprayed the kids as they went down. They had a lovely time. Today we visited the local pool which was very busy but very refreshing. It is a really big complex and caters to all ages of children well with 3 water slides and many pools. We've had heavy showers of rain early this afternoon but the sunshine is returning and I fear a return of the hot humid weather.
I am beginning work this week after 8wks holidays. I am really looking forward to getting gel on my hands again and working through a list of patients to gain a feeling of achievement and usefulness and also helping people.
Nick and Penny are managing their new school well although Penny doesn't really enjoy the walk home at the end of the day. She started ballet this week and really enjoyed it. About 8 girls from Sherwood Prep were in her class which was good for familiar faces. We had an impromptu BBQ with some friends we made on the first day at school. They live around the corner from us, have 2 little girls (5yo, 2yo), have just moved to the area and are renting the other house we looked at. We all have a lot in common and look forward to many more meals together. Penny(mother), Charlotte (2yo) and I have enjoyed a couple of morning teas this week after we've dropped the kids to school.
I have done a bit more scrapping this week (LO's above) and we've have decided to start on a Valentine's Day project at home evidenced by the heart on our door.