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Preparing a house

I’ve really started to get a roll on towards getting the house ready to rent when we leave in January. Today the plumber came and replaced two sets of taps and fixed another. I bought three ceiling fans, a new fluro light and a closer for the hall cupboard (light and closer both subsequently installed by ME!) – sparky is booked and will come soon to install fans and at least one new powerpoint. On Thursday we had a real estate agent come out to discuss possible pricing – had a different agency come today to see what they think, and then we’ll decide who to go with. I have a skip, to chuck out any rubbish I come across, and as I only have it for a week, it means I have to do some sorting out. Yay for long weekend coming up!

It seems we may have decided exactly where we might like to live (barring me getting a fantastic job in Launceston in the next three weeks or so!) and have been communicating with an agent over there about a house for rent that we quite like. A bit dearer than we’d thought, but also newer, in a nice place with INTERNET!

I have to sit down and weigh up the costs of driving the car across to Tassie vs freighting the car and flying us. Mum and Dad might take the big kids back to QLD with them (if they make it over at Christmas), so will just be husband, me and Master One to think about, possibly. Ooh, and really must make contact again with the removalists… Onwards!

In the meantime, this is actually only a nine week term (only eight of those with students), rather than the ten week term I thought it was. And we have a public holiday on Friday. Which means instead of 30 work days (which was only ever 29, cos the last day is Christmas party for staff), I actually only have 25 work days left before I finish. And four of those are already done. Eep.

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Well, that was a birthday!

Miss Six celebrated her sixth birthday today. Despite the fact we weren’t having a party this year (just like we weren’t having one last year), somehow we ended up at the bowling alley with 20+ kids and a LOT of noise! In a way, I felt a bit like it was M6′s last time with that particular group of friends (some from daycare, some from school – she’s been friends with some of them for four years, so moving will be a big step), so decided to do the party. While having it at bowling was expensive, it meant the only thing I had to organise was the cake (love you Cheesecake Shop), and even though I was still kid wrangling throughout the party, not having to worry about set up and clean up was TOTALLY worth the money! They supplied the party bags and all. Bliss! M6 had a lovely time with her friends, Master Eight enjoyed it cos he loves bowling (and had a few friends with him as well, so totally happy), and it overall went very well. So happy birthday, my six year old girl – as you can see from the pix, she’s growing up! 

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Birthday time!

It’s a bit hard to believe, but Miss Five will tomorrow become Miss Six. Where does THAT time go? She’s been terribly excited all week about her birthday tomorrow. Despite my best efforts to resist, we’re having a party (at the bowling alley – minimal effort on my part I’m afraid, although I did make the invitations. And buy the cake. And book the place…), which has inevitably snowballed into madness, but ah well – I don’t have to clean up, so whatevs!

Can’t quite understand how she’s turning six already. Weird.

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In other news…

I mentioned it everywhere else but forgot to say it here! We had a very exciting bit of news yesterday, finding out that RJ Astruc’s story from Worlds Next Door has been shortlisted for the fabulous WSFA Small Press Award. I’ve blogged more about it here, and am terribly excited! The winner is announced in October.

And on the home front, we received Master Eight’s NAPLAN results yesterday too. NAPLAN is national testing conducted with all students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9, so this was his first year and I’m DELIGHTED by his results. His Reading (comprehension) is pretty much off the chart, his Spelling, Grammar and Numeracy are all above national average, with only his Writing coming in under national average (though still above school average and within normal limits). So proud of him!

I think I also may have forgotten to mention that Miss Five’s class performed at assembly last week – she was a singing star and had a speaking part. Okay, maybe I did mention that, but wanted to have a positive in this post for her too :)

Am proud mummy.

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Kid pix spam time!

Miss Five & her best mate C

Master Eight, hard at work

Master One off for a swim (not really!)

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