and an interesting one it has been, it has certainly not been the year we planned but we got there.
We arrived here on 19th September with no expectations and only £4500 in cash and an empty bank account, we had decided to take it as it happened. We had a one year plan, that was that I would work full time for 6months to a year, Pete would look after the children, then he would job hunt and I would cut my hours. This was not to be!!! We were lucky in the fact that I had a job secured before we arrived and started work 2 weeks after getting here. This I did while we were still in short term rentals. We had a pig of a time getting a long term rental as not many people wanted to rent to a family with 4 children and I will admit that this was the only time that I wanted to go back to England, I was tired and worried about what we had done to the children dragging them all the way over here to end up living on the streets. This obviously didn't happen and we secured a rental, first hurdle overcome.
We then settled into family life, after all family life is family life wherever you live. We were thoroughly enjoying life, going out in the first 2 months more than we had in 5 years in the UK. Then just after Christmas came a bombshell that totally changed our year plan. I fell pregnant! No maternity pay for me as not been at work long enough so when the news finally sunk in Pete had to find a job, this we thought would be hard as he essentially has no formal qualifications and we had read of people on here struggling with jobs, he applied to be a postie and got the job, so not bad, one application and a job. Hurdle 2 overcome. Due to being pregnant there was a lot of things that we had wanted to do that we couldn't but we still were loving the lifestyle we had. Once Pete had a job I had to sweet talk my boss to drop my hours and get the shifts I needed to work around Pete and the children. We had to put Niamh and Joe into childcare which we hadn't wanted to do initially but so glad we did now as they are loving it. One all the logistics of work and child care was sorted, family life settled again. Jack and Sophie are loving their school and the change in Jack is amazing, he wouldn't speak to his teacher in the UK, wasn't interested in soccer or anything like that. Since being at school here he has recently stood infromt of his class and given a long talk on our journey here, he has joined the soccer team and loved it, he now can't wait for next season to start and is thinking about joining a cricket team now. Sophie is also flourishing at school and is now doing dancing (jazz). Niamh and Joe love their child care. Then on August 16th Kian was born bringing us to a family of 7. I am now on leave without pay until March, Pete is working and loving his job and I am loving being at home.
I would like to think that we have taken every hurdle thrown at us in our stride and even though our year plan changed so dramatically we are loving it here and seeing how fantastic the children are developing and growing reassures us that we have made the right decision. Me and Pete (although generally laid back people) are even more relaxed than ever and enjoy our days off now. We certainly have a better family life than we ever did.
It has not been an easy year and although I have waffled on here there is so much more I could rwrite about our first year. it hasn't been easy but we love it and we are here to stay. Sorry if you are bored to death!!