Monday, November 30, 2009
Clap your hands (don't eat them!) :0)
We are having such a cool week!
Yesterday we had friends arrive out-of-the blue, and that was lovely.
Then, we received a giant Lego pack, purchased after selling unwanted toys.
The kids finished the Lego in a few hours, and had a blast building it all.
Then our (awesome) neighbour came over with an armchair he and his wife were going to give to the Sallies after purchasing a new suite. It's not any old armchair- it's a la-z-boy, and it is superb!
He also brought round a compost bin he has made for me! I have been hanging out for a compost bin, and burying food scraps so as not to send them to the landfill...but it is a pain, and I don;t need another garden plot.
Every time I think I have set aside money to buy a compost bin, I use it for something more pressing...and I also just discovered they are far more costly than I had supposed. It's a real boon!
Today we went to visit unschooling friends in the morning, then walked through a bush to get to a cool park and meet up with other home edders for a picnic.
The children had a fabulous time together, then we went back to our friends' home, and enjoyed another few hours with them.
In that time, the kids also had a swim at one of their friends' homes, and then we got dropped home as well (instead of having to catch a bus).
Now the kiddos are fed and happy- watching a Scooby-Doo movie, and all is right with the world :0)
Friday, November 27, 2009
No easy way to say it, but I left my husband (or nearly 14 years) in September.
The children and I have moved back to Auckland, and are renting a place in a nice neighbourhood- close to good friends, and with lots of room for us.
Some days I think I was nuts to do this, others I can't believe I didn't leave sooner...but the big news is that we are very happy.
In fact, the happiness of the children was what kept me there, and it turns out to have not been necessary. Of course, it's early days really, but for now we are all doing very well.
The children have made new friends (as have I), and we are growing plenty of veges...or at least- we've planted them- we're yet to sample more than a few lettuce leaves and a cherry tomato ;0)
We have all our stuff out of storage. We had to buy furniture since we sold all our's, but we got bargains at the local opshop.
Money is tight, but it was before as well...I am on a benefit, which I can;t like, but a kind friend did some numbers for me- and showed that if I went to work full time I would cost the government (and therefore taxpayers) an extra $15K than if I look after my own children. I'm sure this way is a load healthier for us all, even if it does mean we have to really think about every dollar.
We will stay unschooling, and I will stay close to my babies. Currently J-Man (nearly 11) is busy making online games through gamemaker...he has a fabulous knack for the mechanics of it- makes it look simple enough that maybe I could have a go at it one day.
Princess (7) is now reading quite well. Not fluent yet, but not far off. She plays every day with the neighbour's boys, and has a gigantic collection of plastic ponies that keep her busy for hours.
Tombliboo (just 3) amuses us every day with the funny things he says. He is taking a big interest in other children at the moment, and is a whiz on the computer. A little bit too friendly with delete buttons, but amazing to watch really.
Very sorry for those of you how probably deserved a personal e-mail (at least) to say this. It's not really easy to admit, and I have been hiding out just a little bit. Onward and upwards though...I'm certain this was the best thing for all five of us.