Saturday, September 22, 2012

It's Been A Rather Amazing Week


We've had an action packed week here. Talk about life changes! Our big son is now in Japan. Haven't heard anything from him yet, since he got to Tokyo, except a quick email from Changi airport saying that he got to Singapore.... and that he 'loves us more than anything in the world'. Good start.


We have skyped and emailed .... and are sort of dying to get in contact with him as it's been a week of good news for our hard working boy.

As well as getting Honours for his piano exam, we found out yesterday (after he had left the country) that he had been accepted into the selective Senior School he has been sitting exams and doing interviews for over the past term. He will be beside himself! A school with an OP 1 equivalent track record of 50%..... he now stands a good chance of achieving his goal of a career in Medicine. So happy for him.

There has been a lot of 'proud tears' shed in this household this week. After the airport drop off, the 3 of us sat on the couch at home and just cried... that he'd gone, that he'd done so well, that we loved him, that we loved each other, that little one was feeling so bereft. Tear, tears, tears!

Put him to work in the shed this week. A bit of real life 'home schooling'!

Little one is also changing schools. He has not enjoyed his last year of school and the Prep school was not living up to our expectations, after 8 years and a swag of hard earned school fees... so I quit the Prep School 5 seconds after my meeting with the Prep School Principal last week. "Son, this will be the last day you ever wear this uniform". Nothing like standing up for what you believe in.

Little one will be starting a new school next term. We have already had the tour with the most personable principal and have met every class and every teacher. They are so excited to have him and have already planned for him to coach the little Prep kids in soccer and they have already found a place for him in the school musical next term. He's delighted. It's a little school so we hope to find much happiness and get right back on track.


So we will be moving again to be close to the boys' new schools!  Hopefully we'll be close enough to be able to walk to at least one of them! Very exciting. Love me a new neighbourhood. I might even be able to unload some of my stored pretties from the shed.


I've had a rather lovely week too. One of my customers sent me this beauty. I had eyed it off in an East Hampton bookstore but decided that my luggage was already straining ...and I'd only been in the country a few days! Thank you C.... it is bringing me such joy!


Of course there had to be a bloggy lunch thrown in there ... with glamorous sandwiches....


... and evil desserts.... and lots of talk of 'interesting developments' as FF would say.


I've tried to even it all out.. with more of this....


.. and this.


Even Brian and Nigella have been enjoying gastronomical delights! Shudder.

It's school holidays now, so there's going to be a bit of this.....


.. sorry son. Character building. I spent most of my school holidays in a piano practice room, while my Mum lectured at the Uni. Pity I didn't actually practise the piano while I was in there. I could have been quite good.

Have a great weekend!
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Oh, and don't forget to enter my '$500 Masters Room Makeover Competition' HERE. It closes next Friday!

33 comments:

  1. A great week and congrats on all the success. Hope you hear from Japan soon but of course no news is good news.
    Carolyn

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    1. Let's hope he's having a ball and hasn't even thought of home! xx

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  2. Sounds like a red letter week A-M. Congrats on all fronts. M xo

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  3. Gosh you have had a huge week. Congratulations for all the wonderful achievements and surviving that goodbye at the airport!! xToni

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    1. oh yeah, that good-bye was tough. xx

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  4. Bugs and carrots?
    Congrats on the great week you deserve it.

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    1. Yeah, our bearded dragons' favourite foods!... oh and zucchini! xx

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  5. Sounds like a great week all round, it is lovely when kids work hard and their hard work is rewarded! Love the meals you posted they look lovely. Hubby and I are going out tonight to celebrate our 23rd wedding anniversary which is tomorrow, should remember to take some shots of our meals before eating them!

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    1. oh yes, the pre meal photos are mandatory these days! xx

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  6. Glad to see you had a fantastic week A-M!

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    1. your training routine this week had me exhausted just reading about it Liz! I don't know how you have the energy! A-M xx

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  7. Gosh it sure has been action packed ... it's all happening! So pleased to hear of big son's selection...big congrat's and of little ones new start too. Good luck with finding a new home for your gorgeous family.
    xxx

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  8. I wondered if it was Japan...that was where my son went not so long ago. He had an amazing time and his first words to me when he got off the plane were....I have to go back! He compares everything to Japan , he was so impressed with the kindness, generosity and manners of everyone he met! Great news about the schools! Onwards and Upwards xx

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    1. looks like we'll all be going back in that case! xx

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  9. How lovely to read about some great achievements and happenings. Happy times ahead A-M
    X

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  10. Glad to hear it's all going well and congratulations to your son! My little one's a long way off such adventures, you must be super proud! Good luck with the move. We're a few weeks (hopefully) off whacking a for sale sign on our place too. It's exciting and overwhelming in equal proportions. xx

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  11. Woo Hoo B!

    A-Mi the next ten years is going to go incredibly fast, he is off and running.
    As the mum of a 25 yr old this I know.
    xx

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  12. Hooray for changes!

    Japan would be mind-blowing on so many levels. I have never been, but would love to get there one day.

    Congratulations on all your good news!!

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  13. I'm glad you have your boys' schooling all sorted! I've been a teacher for 23 years and I can tell you that there is no success (at whatever ability level!) without kids being happy and loving school!

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  14. Congratulations on all your news! Very

    My parents moved schools with me when they felt I wasn't being challenged and it was the best thing they ever did. I'm sure your littlest one will really benefit from the move to a more caring environment. It's so hard to know what the best choice is but sometimes you really feel it in your gut.

    And what a star your big one is! I hope he loves his time in Japan. I went at a similar age and have very fond memories. One of the best things I ever did.

    K xx

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  15. Congratulations on all your news! Very

    My parents moved schools with me when they felt I wasn't being challenged and it was the best thing they ever did. I'm sure your littlest one will really benefit from the move to a more caring environment. It's so hard to know what the best choice is but sometimes you really feel it in your gut.

    And what a star your big one is! I hope he loves his time in Japan. I went at a similar age and have very fond memories. One of the best things I ever did.

    K xx

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  16. I think moving mid year can be a good thing (this coming from both my parent & teacher perspective). You can get to know the school without all the crazy start of year madness & chaos. Your child can also not get lost in the crowd of others being new. That's what happened to our big girl and I regret every bit of starting her day one, term one in a new school in a new state ... in hindsight we should have moved when hubby moved back to Brissie & not hold onto sentimental things like xmas concerts, break up days. So good on you for the brave move! If Big Son is going to the school I think he's going to, I have a friend who teaches there. She has only but good things to say about the place.

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  17. So exciting, I love change, I love new beginnings...... I should know we have lived in 12 houses in 13 years. Your boys are a testament to you A-M, both doing so well in so many aspects........that sandwich looks delicious......have a lovely Sunday.

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  18. What a heart-wrenching week A-M, you must be exhausted! So many wonderful and exciting changes happening for you :)
    Hope you're enjoying your weekend.
    Cas x

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  19. What a whirlwind of events and emotions! I thought of you as we went to engineerBoy5s second school interview. My stomach felt sick! I'm so happy for your events and encouraged by your decisiveness.
    EngineerMum

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  20. Congrats, congrats and congrats! All wonderful news. What a huge week. Glad it's all ending well. Mxxx

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  21. Wow , such a jam packed post of goodness !
    You must be so proud of his achievements.
    Love the look of that sandwich.
    X

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  22. Wonderful! Our son went to Africa last summer and it was so good for us, for him and what a wonderful experience.
    I loved my time in Japan. Happy travels to your darling son.
    pve

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  23. Oh A-M. Good for you for being their advocate at school. Bravo. The new schools sound fantastic. And another move as well! Never a dull moment in your house ☺. J x

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  24. Oh wow! Just catching up with the rest of your news. Big congrats to your boy for getting into the academy you were hoping he would. I'm sure little one will be so much happier in his smaller and friendlier school too. x

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Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave me a comment. I love hearing from you. A-M xx