Winners are grinners

Trip Start Sep 16, 2011
Trip End Nov 20, 2011

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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Some days are just great, from start to finish, and today was one of them.

Elwood wakes up early, and Noah and I do a bit of a tag team Woody patrol. We get to swimming early (high five) and we have all his stuff ready to go straight to preschool from the pool (we are on fire today).

Woody is fabulous at swimming, although he is still a little (a lot, really) distracted and keeps swimming off.  We have had stern-ish words with him – so we are hoping for a more focussed lesson tomorrow.

Woody gets ready for school poolside and we make our way to preschool.  Woody starts playing the second he steps foot into the preschool.  So, Noah and I leave him to it (and try not and embarrass him) and we head inside and sign in (on the correct day – winners!), and put everything in the right spot, have a sensible conversation with the receptionist, give her some money – and leave without a hitch.  It feels good.

We head home, eat some brekkie and tidy the kitchen.  Noah makes out that he is cracking on with work, but he is really just emailing Mike.

I unleash the monster, colour-coded to do list, and look for the easy stuff to do first.

So, I cancel some junk mail which is being redirected from the UK, I organise Woody's immunisations, I look up local schools (as I am reliably informed I need to start thinking about Prep class for next year -eek)  I research all 3 schools, despite instinctively connecting with one of them.  I feel I kind of have to go through the process of researching them all.  In fairness, the all look great.

The mail arrives and so do our brand spanking new QLD driver’s licences.  Neither of us looks like serial killers in our photos – so, again, winners.

Next, I speak to the people at the wet-gym (you might know this as aqua aerobics) and am thrilled to learn that many of the classes cost as little as $1.  I really have no excuses not to working out in that pool pretty often.

Next, I email an accountant about business set up and freelancer record keeping.   We have a spot of lunch and then I email some folk, do some admin and shortlist some research agencies to contact.

Next, we both down tools for a bit and prepare some craft projects for when Woody gets back. 

We head out to get Woody  and today he beams when he sees us.  Yes!  He is holding a giant leaf, which he has been apparently carrying around for ages, as a present for me.  I am over the moon.  Then Woody is insistent we go and have a look at the paintings he has done today.  He is so excited to show me a picture he has painted of me.  I feel like the luckiest person in the whole world.  The teacher said he spent a long time working on it and he is so very proud of it.  The teacher wanted to keep it to hang on the wall, but Woody was insistent it was to go to me (that’s my boy!) – So he did another one for the teacher to hang on the wall.  It is brilliant – it’s a drawing of the elephant from the jungle book.  We are so proud of him and he looks so pleased with himself.

We have a lovely chat with the 2 teachers, and they both say how well Woody is fitting in.  One teacher says, 'Elwood is part of the furniture, it is like he has always been here.  He must be an old soul who has been here before’.  (We put this in the blog for you Mothership).  Slightly odd thing for her to say, but we know exactly what she means.  He is so comfortable and confident at the preschool – it is impossible to believe it is only his second day.

There is something about this preschool.  Noah and I do not know exactly what it is – but the atmosphere is so warm and calming, but it is also very inspiring and uplifting.  Noah and I leave the preschool just feeling happy, but also like anything is possible.  We can already see what a positive influence the preschool is having on Woody.  We kind of feel like we have struck gold here.

As we leave, Woody says he wouldn’t mind having a go on his scooter, so we head to the park.  Woody tells Noah that he has the most fantastic ideas- Noah is stoked and we smile like crazy.  We get him and ice cream and we sit on the grass, watch the water and chat. It is exactly the afternoon we had in mind, all those years ago in the UK, when we planned this move.  Noah and I feel really, really happy and Woody seems to be enjoying his ice-cream. 

We head down to the beach part to play in the sand. Woody scoots past some seagulls, and actually says 'excuse me' as he goes past them, and turns around and says thank you to them.  Priceless!  Woody gets one foot in the sand and starts taking his clothes off and runs into the water in his undies.  He is splashing around and is just delighted.  He plays ball with another kid and runs in and out of the water.  This afternoon is actually the dream we have been working towards, brought to life.  Noah joins Woody in the water, and Woody is even happier – if that is possible.

We go to head back home, and there are some kids playing with chalk on the path.  So Woody joins in with the drawing.  Woody is so happy and relaxed – he is not even phased that Noah is hogging the chalk.

Woody  jumps on the scooter and we head back to the car, with crazy happy people type smiles.

Back at home, I cook dinner whilst Noah gets Woody ready for bed.  I manage to burn dinner and have to throw it in the bin.  So I rustle up some random stuff that will pass as a dinner.  Job done.

Over dinner Woody tells Noah that he is doing a fantastic job.  We are not sure what Woody was referring to, but it did sounds like he was complimenting Noah on his parenting.  That’s the kind of feedback you want!

We decide to give our planned craft projects a miss and Woody goes to bed.

Noah and I crack on with the blog, with Thursday Redneck and Repo night on the TV, and we are hoping we get to sleep before today turns into tomorrow.

Goodnight from us, the very happy people. x
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