The other day I found this Christmas letter from 2007. Five years ago we were getting ready to leave Adelaide and make our adventurous and courageous move to Tasmania. I like looking back and thinking about the things that have changed for us over the past five years. I can’t remember what it was like with just the two children and the life we had in the cabin with no electricity is almost a distant memory. I wonder what the next five years has in store for us; I hope they are good years.
Wishing you all a Happy and Safe Christmas Season!
It has been a busy and eventful year for us this year, with the sale of our first home, the purchase of our property in Tasmania, plus a few holidays in Tassie to ‘test the waters.’
Georgia continued at occasional care at the local kindy, and even started pre-entry in term four. Matthew has been at childcare, with Georgia, one day a week, but at the end of each day he is very clingy and needs lots of cuddles with mummy!
Rebecca returned to work, teaching English at Westminster, part-time. Now she has resigned and is looking forward to spending more time with the children. Monte has been busy, running his business, plus renovating the two houses and looking after the children when Rebecca works. He makes dinner most nights!
Our plans for the Festive Season are not very festive, I’m afraid! We’re busy packing and completing the final touches to our house. We will be putting it on the market in early January. After Christmas, we will pack our belongings into a shipping container, which will arrive in Tasmania a week after we arrive. We are leaving Adelaide on December 30th, arriving on the 31st, Monte’s Birthday, so we can celebrate and bring in the new year on our property. If we don’t open a bottle of Moet I will scream, but on 23 acres, who will hear me?
How I feel: relieved to have finished work. I have already got things more organised at home. I love teaching, but I am excited about not ‘having’ to work if I don’t want to! I am really sad to be leaving my family and friends here in Adelaide. I will really miss Amanda especially, as we see eachother a few times a week, and we watch ‘Greys Anatomy’ together, and I will miss that. I will miss being able to just ‘pop in’ to see our parents too. But I am really excited about having people to stay, as spending some quality time with people will surely beat a few short visits here and there.
I am exhausted; packing things, organising things and thinking about it all is tiring. thankfully, the children are being wonderful. They play beautifully together and are mostly well behaved. At the end of the day, Georgia sometimes gets ratty, but is easily distracted with ‘schoolwork’ that I give her, or crafts (she always wants to make stuff). Matthew is learning to throw tantrums, but as long as I let his head land on the ground softly, I just walk away. He’ll grow out of it.
Our house is a mess and I am anxious to tidy it and get some photos taken for our real estate agent. We are giving away a lot of things. We are hoping all our stuff fits in the shipping container (it will).
For now, Merry Christmas to you. I think this Christmas will see mixed emotions in this Goulding Family!