Tuesday, July 24, 2012


Esmee has her school visits all booked in! This is so scary and exciting all at once.
We now need to buy the uniform (gulp!) and the stationery (i love that part!!).

Xander got Player of the Day this weekend at soccer. Man he plays hard, fights for the ball and has such a good awareness of where he should be and gets there. And he got the only goal of the game ;) (Yep, i'm biased, he's our soccer star!!)

Alan has purchased a scooter with Shane Riseley (Melissa's husband) and they are going to do it up and get it started to race it in Taupo in October. *sigh* I really hope nothing bad happens, but i know they'll have a blast.

This week i'm studying and discussing about important social dimensions in Transition to School. It seems rather ironic as Esmee is starting school this term and i am studying about how to make it a better experience for her!

Our friends from America, Jenna and Andrew went back home last week, and they may not be coming back. We are very sad as they became such good friends in such a short time. But, it means that if we ever go to America (dreams are free) we will have contacts ;)

Hope you are all good.

Sunday, July 01, 2012

The last five weeks...

Well, the last five weeks have sped by! I'm so glad that my next practicum is 7 weeks as it gives the kids another chance to get used to the fact that I will be working soon (hopefully!).
They have coped really well the last five weeks, though there were periods of tears and wishing i was home more, like before.
Esmee loved having lunch at Montessori but she was the one to tell me that she missed me. I think Xander only chimed in 'cos he didn't want to feel left out - he only had 30 minutes less each day of my time, so i think it was more that he only had about 20 minutes to play with his friend everyday before i arrived to collect him!

So to celebrate that we are back to normal for term 3, we are having a pajama day tomorrow (first day of the school holidays) and are just going to blob with each other :)

So, over the last month the kids have been busy, as usual. Esmee's had two birthday parties, one at the gym doing bars, beam, jumping etc., and one which featured pony rides and bouncy castles!

She now wants ponies for her birthday o_O !!

We collected our items from Splashy's and they look awesome! We now need to decide where to hang Esmee's heart, Xander is using his money box, and i've already used my heart plate :)

Xander has also lost 2 more teeth! He lost his third one on the soccer field just before the ladies and I played our game. Apparently it got stuck in the net when he was collecting balls!

And the fourth came out two weeks later. After being fed up with it just hanging there and looking very uncomfortable i managed to bribe Xander to let me pull it out. So now he has a huge gap in the front of his smile and the tooth fairy finally got her first tooth for her castle!

Xander finished his French elective being able to count to 20, say hello, goodbye, how are you, a few body parts and knows about things like the Tour De France, French Tennis Open, the Eiffel Tower, Petanque and Croquet.  He's had to much fun learning about a different culture that he's chosen and gotten into You, Me and The World for his next elective. He will be learning about more cultures, flags, food etc and comparing them with his own.
I wish i had electives when i was 6!

So, what have you all been up to?