Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Here's the story in all it's embarrassing glory. Papa Echo, Jonathan and I went for a walk along the beach. It was low tide and we thought we'd find something fun. We did... we found jellyfish. Anyway, the boys went on to look in some pools along the rocks. I followed, and slipped. It was so NOT graceful and I ended up bruising and scraping the right side of my body and laying in the water. It hurt so bad, and it was so EMBARRASSING. I had to walk back to the apartment looking like I had peed my pants and blood running down my arm. Oy!!! No worries. I'm fine.
So, in lieu of pics of the apartment, I present to you pictures of the kids at the Modern Museum of Art, in the children's section. There was an area where kids could create art similar to famous surrealist artists.
Well done my little artists.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
But I can't get over how little everything is here.
The first time I ordered a Diet Coke, I just about fell over. The bottle was the tiniest one I've ever seen. It was probably a little 8 ounce thing. I don't even know. They don't give 'free refills' here either, so I had to be careful not to finish the whole thing in one swallow. It was expensive for the one... we couldn't afford lining up bottles. I'm just grateful I didn't have to go 'cold turkey' with the Diet Coke. That would have been most unpleasant.
We are staying (for a few more days) in a hotel/apartment It has two bedrooms and one bath. While it is a 'hotel' for us, there are many residents here who own their apartment and live here full-time.
The thing with moving here, is that their school years are different than ours in the states. They don't have kindergarten, and they label their years, Year one (for kindergarten), Year two (for first grade), Year three (for 2nd grade)... and so on. And they go all the way to Year 12. (which would be 11th grade in the states? This is where I get confused...)
They have placed my kids in classes according to their birthdays. It looks like this... Jessica will be in Year 9, Alyssa will be in Year 6 and Jonathan will be in Year 3. This will be for one quarter and then they have summer vacation for six weeks. They start the new school year at the end of January 2012. Now for Jonathan and Alyssa, this sounds good because they will be in Year 4 and Year 7... Not too bad.
BUT, Jessica? Because her birthday is in October, Montana made her wait an extra year to start kindergarten. (California had let her start kindergarten and then we moved and Montana said no, so we had to wait a year... she is not happy about that) So, the Deputy (Assistant Principal) looked at her birthdate and said, let's put her in Year 9. We said okay. Jessica was thrilled! Afterwards, I thought it through... This means that in January she will be in Year 10... Then January 2013 she will be in Year 11... That is ONE YEAR from graduating high school!!! Agh!! I have totally lost time by being here.... She was going to be in 8th grade and then 9th grade in the states.
Who knows exactly how long we will be here... the plan is for two years... (could be more or less in reality) I know things will work out. Obviously I'm not changing where she is at in school here and I'm not projecting my own insecurities and lack of being able to cut the apron strings onto her. But to you dear friends?
Stomp, Stomp, grumble, grumble.... I'm going to throw a little bit of a fit here.
And then I'll put on my happy face so they can start school soon.
Friday, September 16, 2011
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Did I forget to tell the kids about a pool? Outside on the 7th floor?
Alyssa and Jonathan couldn't get their suits on fast enough.
Monday, September 12, 2011
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Enter Mythbuster #1
Enter Mythbuster #2
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Sunday, September 4, 2011
Welcome to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.
I felt like such an ‘American tourist’, but yippee!!!! They had all the cool Aussie animals. And? We bought an annual pass, so for anyone who comes to visit… we’ve got you hooked up to feed kangaroos, feed lorikeets, AND hold a koala.