School Down Under: Uniforms and Bicycles
Trip Start Dec 18, 2011
23Trip End Sep 15, 2013
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The boys have become much stronger riders in the weeks since we've had our bikes. At first, the hills seemed daunting, but now the boys just pedal along. Andy has always loved going fast on his bike, just as he does on his skis, but Liam had to learn to trust his bike and himself. Now, he tucks his head and flies down any hill--no braking for him
The school uniforms seemed strange to the boys at first, but now they're used to them. The final photo with this blog was taken in June, when the boys started school (just think, all you lucky Colorado kids: Andy and Liam have been going to school for seven weeks already!). It was rainy and chilly in June, so the long pants and the sweatshirts (called sloppy joes) were nice, but it's since been drier, so the boys mostly wear their summer uniforms now.
At school, if the kids want to play in the open areas at recess, they must wear their hats. Otherwise, if they've lost or forgotten their hats, they must stay under the shade shelters. Andy lost his wide-brim hat, and we looked for a while, but then we gave up and bought him a bucket hat. It doesn't do as good a job at blocking the sun, but it's easier to play sports with. Because Andy's been biking to and from school every day, he's gotten so strong that he plays soccer with his friends at recess most days.
Winter officially ends at the end of this week, and friends tell me that it's really pleasant here for the next three months--a long spring of slowly warming days where every outside activity feels wonderful. Then, it's several months of intense heat and misery. We're moving to Tasmania for the summer! Or at least to the beach!
The seasons and the sun are the hardest things for me to get used to. The north side of the house is the hot side in the summer, and having a patio on the south side means we can enjoy it all summer long--because it's on the cool side of the house. Chris's employer sent out the invitations to the company Christmas party last week, and I began thinking of chilly, dark nights and a warm dress I could wear--until I realized it would be a hot summer night! This is going to take some getting used to!