Wow, it's 2012 already! Where has the time gone? These last few months have been a whirlwind of activity for me. Once we decided to move back to Canada, life has flown by at a frantic pace. Our summer months were spent finding jobs, getting resettled in Canada - getting banking issues worked out, doing our driver's tests and road tests again, all that good stuff! - buying a house, renovating said house. We had two weeks to get as much done in the house before starting our new jobs. We obviously did not get it all done but we've been working slowly at it. The floors and walls are done now. We still need to replace lighting and windows but that'll happen in the spring.
I went back to work after staying at home for five years with the kids. I'm so utterly grateful to have had those five years. I loved that my job was to cook healthfully for our family and to raise our children. Of course, D was so supportive and is such a great husband and daddy and has been an equal partner in it all. However, with the move back home and having to buy a house when housing prices are very high meant that I'd be going back to work. I'm very thankful to have a wonderful homeroom class this year. I'm teaching 83% in French Immersion and Core French. I really enjoy teaching but it is so busy that I have found that life is very unbalanced. So that's one of my goals for 2012 - to find a better work/family/me balance.
K started kindergarten in the fall at the same school I'm at. She goes every other day. She has made some good friends and has a fantastic teacher, which makes her school experience great! A is staying home and we have family who is coming out to take care if the kiddos. My aunt, mom and D's parents take turns coming out and it's been so wonderful! One of the things that we didn't want to have to do was put the kids in daycare and this arrangement is perfect! The kids get to know family better and we know that they're being raised with the values that are important to us.
It was a frantic last few months but we're getting more and more settled in our new home. We like the schools we're at, our neighbourhood, our town. It's just a matter of being able to slow down enough to enjoy it! One thing we did amongst the madness was to make Sundays "family day". So we stopped all the busy-ness of life and just enjoyed time with the kids and together as a family. That made things so much better!
Happy New Year to everyone! I plan on being around more this year than of late. Now that my scrappy area is out and organized, I will be creating more!