Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Chapter Mom

The kids both started kindergarten today, and I must say that I still need to pinch myself at regular intervals to make sure that this isn’t just a dream.  School drop-off went really well, with no tears from either Miss K (who walked to her class all by herself and immediately made a new friend as she casually rolled out some play dough) or Mister J (who was a bit more hesitant about his new surroundings, but fell in love with his new teacher as soon as she said that he may eat his raisins before class starts) – my heart sings!  Words cannot express how thankful I am for the fact that our kids are happy here in New Zealand and settling in well…  Moving continents is a massive decision, and although the main reason behind this move - for us personally - was the kids’ safety and future, it was still unbelievably hard and painful to uproot them from everything that they knew and loved.  So today I am an incredibly thankful mama.  Sela.


Along with this new chapter for the kiddos, i.e. starting school in New Zealand, comes an equally exciting new chapter for me: I call it Chapter Mom.  For the first time since, well, forever, I’m not working full-time, and with the kids now going to school in the mornings, I’ll have something that I haven’t had in a long, long time: Free time.  Me-time.  Oh, the luxury!  Yep, I’ll still be cleaning the house and doing the laundry, and yep, I’ll start looking out for a job pretty soon, but for now, sweet and wonderful now, I have an hour or two in the mornings to do as I please.  The thought is almost overwhelming.

First on my list of to-do’s want-to-do’s, is, of course, running.  Sweet and glorious, long, solo running.  Down to the beach; and up along the river banks.  Fast and hilly; and long, slow and easy.  In the rain and when the sun shines.  You name it, I’m going to run it - with the biggest, fattest smile on my face.

I'm going to run it all!

Life is good!



12 comments:

  1. So glad all is going so well

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  2. My Blog list disappears for a few weeks and when it's re-instated you've moved to New Zealand!!!!!! Sounds like you're loving it and definitely made the right choice. Lots of me time and beautiful places to run, what more could a girl ask for?
    Wishing you all the best of luck in your new adventure. Cheers!

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    1. It certainly has been an eventful few weeks, lol! Thanks so much, Gordon - much appreciated.

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  3. Looks like you have a beautiful country to run!

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    1. It's stunning, Wendy. And, best of all: Safe too!

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  4. My hart sing saam met joune! Geniet elke liewe oomblik, Saartjie! Xxxxx

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    1. Dankie, liefste Saar! My hart is ERG gelukkig! xxxx

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  5. How exciting or the kids, but even moreso for you:)
    Hope you do enjoy that long and glorious beach run! That photo is stunning, what a beautiful beach to run on too!!!!

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    1. Thanks so much, K - it's a glorious chapter for sure. I'm inhaling every minute :) !

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  6. So glad for all of you. I had to smile reading about young master J and his new teacher. Our young Missus makes us proud! Enjcy the outdoors - the new found time will surprise you with beautiful spots and we can't wait to share your exploration of the countryside

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    1. Dankie vir die saammaak, Tannie Irma - waardeer dit so baie! Ons is SO gelukkig - my hart loop oor! xxxx

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