Finn in Kindy

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I have now joined the ranks of conflicted mums – on the one hand we want our kids to succeed in life, on the other we grieve that they will do it less and less under our care. We have taken the first big step with our rapidly growing little man to full-time all-day school. I had a few teary moments, mostly because I was sad to leave him when he was so disappointed that his “appointed buddy” had transferred to a different school, and so he didn’t have someone to hold his hand and walk him to the classroom like all the other kids did. He is such a trooper, though. He parked himself in the corner of the classroom, took a piece of paper, and started to draw. He handled the screw up with less negative emotion than his mother. He was eager and ready. And he was determined to make it work and make it good. 

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I am so proud of him. He had a great day despite the disappointing beginning, and when we went to pick him up he filed out with the other kids waving and smiling at us all the way down the steps. All I wanted to see was that smile, and it was a super duper cheshire grin! He did, however, walk over to us ever-so-cooly and casually instead of running and jumping into our arms, and he has already asked if he can walk to school by himself next time. Sheesh, kiddo, one step at a time!

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Fun in Fiji

My husband, Frank, has to go to Fiji often to train at a center there. We have been left behind…many times…until now! He was able to get the rest of the family tickets with his accumulated mileage, and off we went.ImageThe place we stayed was A-MA-ZING! The best thing about it was the pool, and the slide, and the activities, and the view, and, well, basically everything. Finn made it his mission to go down the slide 100 times before we left. And he did it! Trust me, we counted.ImageThe kids would wake up in the morning, and the first thing out of their mouths was either “water” or “pool”. They couldn’t get enough. Our water babies.ImageImageImageTéa is also obsessed with the moon. She looks for it day and night, even in the pool.ImageAnother cool thing about the hotel was that they had really cool activities planned each day available to guests. One day it was a traditional Fijian dance and singing.Image

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The kids weren’t too sure about those spear-toting guys.ImageImage

And the dance was pretty traumatic too.Image

Finn took it all in. You can see his little wheels turning here.ImageImageImage

Other activities included water aerobics (which I tried to join with my kids hanging from my arms), a fire lighting run every night, two movie nights out under the stars (one pictured below), traditional craft making, and a kids club where you could drop your kids off for $10 for 2 hours or $20 for the day. We didn’t discover this till the end, and we did steal away for a 2 hour break. But the kids didn’t seem to mind, Téa fell asleep, and Finn became a Ninja Turtle (also pictured below).SONY DSCImageTwo of the days that we were there the whole family spent the better part of the day at the training center. It is a beautiful place out in the middle of nowhere, but it ended up being a highlight our trip as it included soccer with new friends…ImageImageand getting to hang out with people from all over the world, 14 countries in total, including this sweet girl from Southern India who were staying there for the training. They were all so sweet with the kids and really awesome people to talk to and get to know a bit.ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageSo the kids and I gladly camped out there while Frank trained. ImageImageIt was also great for Finn to be able to see what his daddy does when he is away for work. He can picture it now, which I believe will be really helpful for him.

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ImageAnd last, but not least, there was a few goats, chickens, a pig, and a new litter of puppies on the property. The kids were in heaven!ImageImageImage

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And then it was back to the hotel for, of course, more pool time.

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Thank you to my husband and to Fiji for such time as a family.