We made it through our first week!! Has it really only been a week?? It feels like months have passed since I've seen each of you. As I told Mike, we are officially 1% of the way through the adventure. He was quick to point out that there are 52 weeks in a year, so we're technically a little less than 1% through. I countered by telling him that at this particular moment, I'm thinking we'll high-tail it out of here as soon as the kids' break starts in June 2012, taking at least 3 weeks off our overall stay :) I'm sure I'll feel different when the time actually comes.
Alex LOVED his overnight "excursion" to Bathurst. He had a great time, made lots of friends, learned a lot about the Australian goldfields, ate new and delicious foods, AND saw multiple herds (do they call them that??) of kangaroos in the wild!! Seriously, it sounded like a great trip. I'm afraid the rest of the term is going to be a bit of a letdown since he might actually have to start doing some school work.
Max is finding his way. There have been several surprises along the way. For example, the boys wear their sport uniform to school 1 day a week. There is another day each week when they bring it and change into the uniform before attending PE. Where do they change? You'd think a locker room, right? No. Turns out the Year 3 kids change in their classrooms. The teacher requires the boys to face one directions and the girls to face another. Poor Max! No one had mentioned this to me, so I hadn't even had a chance to mentally prepare them.
Of the 3, Max is the only one who doesn't have an over-the-top, super nice teacher. For those of you at McT, he describes his teacher as "like Nancy Giasante but worse." Mr Latimer takes his job "way too seriously." Yet, based on what I've heard, I'm sure once Max and Mr Latimer get to know one another, they'll get along just fine. On a more positive note, the kids in Max's class think he's fantastic. He's made lots of friends. Everyone shortens their name here, so among Max's new friends are TomTom and Coops.
Both Alex and Max are currently preparing for an Athletics Carnival next week (where they'll compete in track and field events) and a Jr School (which is years 3 thru 6) musical concert that they'll be performing in the following week. Nothing like jumping right in, huh?
Jake continues to let his lower lip quiver just a bit each morning at drop off. But it's clearly all for show because he has the biggest smile on his face when I pick him up. In Australia, they expect kids to start reading in kindergarten, so he's spending a lot of time working on those skills. As soon as he gains some confidence, I'm sure his reading will take off.
Here are my funny little observations for today...
That last one is just a little too much like an episode of the Twilight Zone, but it's all true, I swear. Can't wait to see you all here. Gotta Run!