Monthly Archives: November 2012


The removals people are coming to pack up our container on Monday!!! MONDAY!!! That’s in 3 sleeps.  Ohmyhatwhathaveidonewasitagooddecisionandisittoolatetobackout???  Well.  Yes.  So what the heck – I’m gonna go with it.

Yoh.  Monday.  I have *so* much sorting to do this week-end.


Caeli has been sick. I have been stressed.

What is it about sick children that turn most mothers (well if they’re like me at least) into worried, gibbering idiots? 

On Wednesday afternoon I thought Caeli felt a bit warm.  My darling husband told me I was paranoid, and the thermometer echoed his sentiments.  Nevertheless I phoned my mum and told her I had a feeling Caeli was getting sick and asked her to be on standby for the following day.  Sadly my mothers intuition was spot-on and poor Caels ended up with a raging fever that night!  Since Wednesday she has kept spiking at least 2 temps a day, and was very poorly.  She complained of headaches, had a cough, and was very weak/fatigued.  I’m not sure whether this bug has hit her particularly hard or if she has simply reached an age where she feels sick, rather than toddlers who ignore whatever they are feeling and just carry on going anyway!  

Either way this bout of sickness has exhausted me emotionally.  Every time she coughs I feel a knot in my stomach, and every time she starts getting warm again I just feel ill.  I suspect it’s partly to do with the fact that she almost never gets ill – to see her lethargically splayed across the couch with dark circles under her eyes just seems so very wrong to me, it panics me completely!

On a happier level she seems much better today (if still very weak / lethargic) and has had no temps yet so I am tentatively hoping that the worst may be over!  I’m looking so forward to her getting back to her bouncy and lively self 🙂 Even if that means back chatting me and annoying her baby brother 🙂 🙂

Aaaaaaaand here’s hoping said baby brother doesn’t catch the bug next!


And so it begins..

We have worked our butts off today!

The morning started with us pulling everything out of all the bedroom cupboards and has ended off with everyone lying in untidy piles all over the place.  We are now bit by bit going through every single thing, deciding what is going, what is staying, what is being donated etc. It’s a massive job but I do feel we’ve made good progress today and hopefully tomorrow will be even better!

It is 9 days until our container goes.  I can hardly believe it.  

Most of the time I am strong.  I am happy.  I don’t allow myself to think about what I’m leaving behind, and only focus on the good things that lie ahead – the excitement, the adventure, the perks of being a stay at home mom again, the extra hours I’ll have with my hubby.

But this afternoon, surrounded by all my worldly possessions I allowed myself for just 5 minutes to feel just a glimpse of the pain that I will be feeling a while lot more strongly after I have said goodbye to some of the people I love most in the world.  My parents.  My sister.  My nephew.  My nearest and dearest friends. Extended family.

It is going to be so. very. hard.

*Dance of Joy*

We sold our house! We sold our house! So much of excitement and WHAT a relief!

We got a cash offer and a hefty deposit has been paid to the conveyancers, so it seems very unlikely that anything might fall through at this stage of the game.  I have this week busied myself with getting electrical, gas and entomolgy compliance – gas and entomology were perfect, there area  few snags with electrical but doesn’t seem to be anything too earth shattering.   Hopefully they’ll be back to sort it out within a few days. And then it’ll really be under way!

Leon has been away on business for 2 weeks (he gets back on Sunday) and I think we’ll start getting really busy once he’s back here.  Whilst away he was staying in our new house over in the Isle of Man and seemed to really enjoy it.  He Skyped me from the new place and gave me a 360-degree tour of it which was brilliant, very exciting. The house is MUCH bigger than ours (how am I going to clean it?!?!) and a bit old fashioned in places but honestly it’s perfect.  It’s warm inviting, there’s loads of space for the kids to much about when the weather is bad…it’ll do us beautifully!

Once Leon is back we’ll book the container and it seems that we’re angling to send it mid-November.  That’s less than 2 weeks from now!  I cannot fathom how bizarre it’ll be when all our things get loaded up and carried away, and we spend another 6 weeks floating around without all our paraphernalia to anchor us down. Living out of a suitcase for 6 weeks…ugh!

The kids are currently going through a patch of denial I think.  To be fair it’s hard to conceptualize what is about to happen when everything around us still appears to be so NORMAL – we still got o school every day, we have all our stuff around us…apart from still missing the doggies dreadfully nothing else has really changed at all.  I do fear that it’s going to be rather a large shock to them once the container has gone and everything goes belly up, but hopefully we can turn it into an exciting adventure for them!