I can’t quiet believe we did it! After over a year of talking about it, we finally moved to Brisbane.
We arrived into Brisbane International Airport late on Thursday night, after being up for about 30 hours. We flew as direct as possible, with just a two-hour changeover in Singapore. The boys were absolute angels (yes, that completely shocked me too!) but unfortunately E screamed most of the second flight. Thankfully there were lots of friendly Aussie families aboard who did their best to make us feel better about the ear-splitting shrieks.
I’m sorry my blog has been so quiet lately but the last few weeks have been total chaos. Getting ready for the shippers was a full-time job, while looking after three under fives at the same time (another full-time job!) Then once we waved goodbye to our house in late August, we had to visit my family in Lincolnshire and my husband’s family in Hampshire while attending various leaving parties in between. All while trying to close accounts, sell our car and organise our arrival. It has been a complete whirlwind.
I’ve got so many blog post ideas backed up but don’t have much time to get them down until we’ve worked our way through some of our new ‘to do’ list (setting up Tax File Numbers, Medicare cards, changing over our driving licences, collecting our bank cards to name but a few…)
We’re staying in a holiday let for four weeks in the Brisbane suburb of Brighton. It’s a three bed place right on the waterfront where we can watch the kite surfers and cuddle the owners’ adorable labradoodle as often as we like (as they live next door). We’ve been enjoying the beach and the local parks in between trying to sort out the admin involved in setting up in a new country.
The kids are having the best ever time. Although they were worried about coming to Australia (T2 cried and told me he didn’t want to talk funny, and T1 was upset that he won’t be able to play with the spiders over here) they have no told me this is the best place ever. It makes all of the hard work worthwhile.
Thanks so much for all of the lovely good luck messages I’ve received. It really does mean a lot. This was such a huge step for us and while it might have come across as being quick and easy on my blog, it really has been a challenge that has taken every scrap of my energy. Now that we’re here, I can see it was worth all the effort.
Normal blogging service will be resumed shortly! In the meantime, wish Husband luck in finding that perfect job so we can start settling in properly.