Good Enough Mum – End of Term RELIEF!!

September 23, 2011

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Oh, thank goodness for that!!!

The school and preschool term finished today in NSW and we are all so relieved.  The last two Dad-less weeks have felt very long indeed.

Here are a few of the things I am feeling grateful for tonight:

Xmas Pressies Gone!

Amazingly and for the very first time, I have managed to send some Christmas presents to the UK by SEAMAIL. Have been meaning to do this for the past 15 years and never managed until today.

So brother-in-law and two gorgeous wee nephews are all sorted… so long as the boat gets to the UK safely.  Success at last!

A Gentle High School

The principal of my teenage son’s school said something at a meeting this week which brought a tear to my eye.  She is an older lady and has taught in many schools.  She said: Of all the schools I have ever been in, this one is the gentlest.’

How wonderful, I really need a gentle school for my great, big, gangling, gentle Giant Teenager. He needs a kind and strong community of caring people around him.  All kids do, all adults too.

Deadlines + Interesting Wee Bits of Work

I am a pre-deadline delivery person, I love to finish work early and then swan off to the pub or out for lunch to raise a glass to a deadline reached.

I just cannot bear sailing close to the wind with deadlines, and I don’t even mind that this renders me a deeply uncool person.  It’s a Capricorn thing.

Anyway, today I finished a bit of writing work far too close to the wire… so I’m grateful it did get done.

I’ve hugely enjoyed doing some work for a publishing company which involved researching and writing short pieces about Roman roads, Buddha, the history of bank notes, managed funds and life in the 5th century BC.

I do LOVE a bit of variety!

A REAL Holiday Approaches

Finally and by no means least delightful… cue drum roll… I am wildly grateful and madly excited as we are going on a family holiday to Bali this school hols.  I have been wanting to go to Bali for at least 25 years and finally the time has come.

Admittedly 25 years ago, I wasn’t thinking about going with four children and a BYO hot date… but there you go.

We’re all very glad to go there and very thrilled to be staying in hotels and villas and having a proper, actual, no-cooking, no-washing up holiday. Call an ambulance, I’m about to expire with joy just at the thought of it.

I’ve bought a copy of Bali for Kids so we’re good to go.

Hope you have a lovely time this school holidays if your children are at that age and stage.

We are aiming for an laptop-free holiday so I will catch you in a fortnight!

I’m linking up withMaxabella’s Weekend Grateful, this week hosted by the Lioness Lady, pop over to share all things grateful- you know it’s good for you!

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Lionesslady September 23, 2011 at 9:33 pm

How funny that you are grateful for the end of holidays and I’m grateful for the start! Give me a few days next week at home with the three of them and I am certain my mind will be changed!

And as a primary school teacher I think what your principal had to say was very sweet. It’s nice to hear and must mean that your school has a great ‘environment’ for the small people!
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Seana September 24, 2011 at 8:21 pm

Very much hope you enjoy the holidays, they get much, much better as time passes, I am finding.

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Kellie September 23, 2011 at 9:46 pm

I’ve just figured out why I relate to so much of what you write, Seana! We’re both Capricorns. I’m a pre-deadline person too. I hate the stress of sailing close to the wire!! :)
PS. We must have that chat soon. x
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Seana September 24, 2011 at 8:16 pm

Lets natter when I get back, next school term… still feel as if I know hardly anything about blogging. Are you going to Problogger Event in Melb.

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Mum on the Run September 23, 2011 at 9:47 pm

Have the most fabulous time in Bali.
I believe it’s pretty hard not to.
A ‘gentle’ school environment isn’t to be taken for granted.
I feel so blessed to work in the beautiful school that I do, because that’s not everyone’s experience.
:-)
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Seana September 24, 2011 at 8:17 pm

Ironically, my son came home on Friday saying he’d had a punch up in the playground…. sigh…. glad to have the holidays and we’ll sort that out next term.

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Kirsty September 23, 2011 at 11:09 pm

Have a wonderful time in Bali – so very jealous! And what a lovely comment from the principal – we are hoping my son will also have a positive experience when he mainstreams into our local school next year. It makes all the difference having a supportive and understanding community around them.
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Seana September 24, 2011 at 8:18 pm

Absolutely! Hope that next year will work out well, it’s terribly nerve-wracking when children start or move schools. Great, flabby, when kids are settled in.

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Trish September 24, 2011 at 12:00 am

Have a great time in Bali. I’d love to go to there one day.
Yay for getting work finished too. a good feeling indeed.
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Seana September 24, 2011 at 8:22 pm

It’s such a great relief to finish a job… much as I enjoy working, it does throw many spanners in the works, esp when I am single parenting it when hubby is away. Whew.

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Annabel Candy, Get In the Hot Spot September 24, 2011 at 10:01 am

Enjoy your hols Seana. I can’t believe you managed the sea post for the Xmas pressies. That’s incredible! I expect I’ll be sending Amazon vouchers on Xmas eve;)
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Annabel Candy, Get In the Hot Spot September 24, 2011 at 10:04 am

PS. Ooooh, and the commentluv seems to work a treat and I didn’t notice any difference in download time either:)
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Seana September 24, 2011 at 8:20 pm

I’ve astounded myself, I can tell you. I hate the thought of NOt sending real presses to my mum, sisters and their kids… but airmail is So expensive… have been meaning to do this every year for past 14 years… at last, done… for three people anyway!

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Veronica September 24, 2011 at 12:04 pm

I wish I was a pre-deadline person. I could do without the stress. I know, I know, just change then. Always easier said done, especially with at least 2.5 decades of the bad habit. What’s the theory – It takes 21 days to make a habit? Or is that 40 days?
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Seana September 24, 2011 at 8:19 pm

Yes, very tricky to change engrained habits… little by tiny little bit is the only way that works for me… and in many areas, I have all sorts of things still to change!

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Maxabella September 24, 2011 at 1:21 pm

Have a fantastic time, Seana! See you when you get back. x

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Seana September 24, 2011 at 8:19 pm

Thank you, it’ll be odd having time away from computers, but good for us I am sure.

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Caz September 25, 2011 at 8:20 am

Enjoy the holiday! I’ve been hanging out for them for weeks now. Yay!!!!! Holidays !!!!!!
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cityhippyfarmgirl September 26, 2011 at 8:24 am

All those things sound wonderful!
Enjoy Bali, every second of it (and being unplugged).
I’m loving the first day of the holidays- a slow cruise into the day rather than a frantic panic….ahh.
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Natasha September 30, 2011 at 4:13 am

Enjoy your holiday!
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