On Saturday we will have been in Adelaide a year. It seems to have gone so quickly but it feels like we have been here ages.
A couple of weeks in I posted an update here about how we were just busy busy busy getting cars, furniture, tfn's medicare and a rental and a school sorted and from then on its just been a hard slog.I had three jobs effectively now I only have two and my OH wanted to come here and get out of the office work life and decided to become a brickie so went to TAFE and got the qualifications to find noone would hire him on an apprenticeship due to his age although the employer gets grants to help with a slightly higher wage for the first couple of years. so after finishing the course and 4/5 dissapointments of apprenticeship offers decided that he just needed A job. He applied to so many jobs i cant remember everything from aircon man (no exp needed) , a bus driver to a funeral assistant but to no avail.
He has finally got work (knowing people) within new home maintenance which he, altough enjoys the work is getting rather down with the cack wage for the hours he works and the almost constant verbal abuse he gets but he is sticking at it for now, bless him, as the available job situation here is not that great. we will have to see what the future holds of being in the right place at the right time???
We came here for a better life for the kids and in so many repects it has been successful there. Only within a couple of months did my eldest not want to return and live back in the uk. just return sometime for a holiday. My youngest though has found it harder to settle as he seemed to miss his one ''best friend''. but where we are renting he has now found a fair few school friends on our estate and has made more friends too and i was so happy when for the first time he stated that he wants to live here now. this being a major breakthrough.
Arriving in June being winter was a quiet time and having to purposfully make friends was hard for us as we are, well were, not all that out going but for people who know us from then till now we are now a lot more out going.Especially my OH It gets definately easier to just meet up with strangers as you do realise that everyone is in the same boat and you just get on with it. We have met some absolutely fab people who if any of them decided to leave we would be upset and miss them loads already.In such a short space of time forming such good friendships you can even trust your kids with anytime any day has helped a lot.
We have done cleland, harnorff, victor harbour ,road trip to melbourne (advisable to give yourselves longer than 3 days though)haha and seen other various places and towns and beaches and still not done most of the things we want to see or do yet.
We have already had a couple of visiters. We have had my brother in law stay with us for 5 months and my mother in law for a month which was a bit of a squish in a 3 bed house but it worked in the end.My bother in law has decided he would like to stay in oz for a bit and is hopefully looking into avenues that will help him get the needed visa with work etc...
I have my mum and dad coming out in october for my birthday and have booked a now 19 person 3 day break to the goldcoast end of august with our new ozzie friends so there is lots to look forwrd to and plan for which keeps us going.
We had so may hypethetical plans and hopes of where we would be work wise and finacially by this time into our adventure but things havent turned out that way for example to be honest I cant see even a faint light at the end of a very long tunnel that we will be able to buy a house anytime soon but ho hum. everything happens for a reason and we will get there in the end
The summer weather is great and being able to pick the kids up from school and go to the beach and have tea watching the sunset is just beautiful.although those dolphin sightings are a myth i have decided lol.
Having the kids enjoy going to school and not have shed loads of homework for the weekend is great to see. Seeing both my kids being able to swim well and my youngest just being able to swim is fantastic and letting them be able to have the freedom to bike it to thier mates houses and just be boys. climing trees getting muddy..........these are the things we came over for and that has so far been a success.
There are times (usually when i have had a couple of wines) when i miss my best friends and I am getting excited about seeing my mum and dad, We didnt really do the crying thing when we left so i am preparing for then, but i dont miss england as a place to live. I certainly havet wanted to return and the short time i have been here the unfamilier things and places are becoming familer so feeling more settled. I hate driving when theres lots of traffic ie:going into the city and when i get off the express way or pass noarlunga its just round abouts and clear you get that I'm nearly home feeling. We have chilled out now which was strange at first and seemed 'boring' but you soon get into the swing of things and i even went to the shop today in my slippers.!
I have down times but theres no need to dwell as i cant change things at the minute as there just arent more hours in the day to work. I will probably think of other things that I want to add once this has been posted and appologies for my waffling. ;)