Our BIG move

This is my diary of our new life in New Zealand up to 2011 when we moved to QLD to be near our grandchildren...

Monday, January 30, 2006

Telling Work

Well I did it, I told the bosses about our PR, to say they were shocked was an understatement, but considering they were good about it.

I felt awful as Peter had just got back from Skiing and was a post holiday refreshed - so I poored cold water on his mood - but he was real good about it and said he understood - then promptly said he wished he could keep staff for more than a year!!

Kevin said that it was a bit of a shock, but understood, and said that it would be a place he'd emigrate to if he left the UK.

I had told the girls on Wednesday when Rob had rang to say the visas had arrived, and they dissapeared into another room!

I then made them all a coffee to get over the shock.

I am now frantically trying to get on top of the work I have in my in-tray for a leaving date of 31st of march.

I then have 6 wks to sort out the final preparations for Rachels wedding.

I willl miss my Job, as its been a good place to work for, they are fair, friendly and appreciate the work I have put in to the position.

I just hope I can find a good replacement - but thats another story......

The Plan for the next month

Well, its been decided, Me and Rob are going to fly over on the 30th May, before the flight prices go up. We are also going to look into shipping the car out before so that we can pick it up when we arrive.

Jordon and Jason will fly out at the end of August - early September.

Rachel, Rich and I went to meet with the wedding planner, and it looks like its full steam ahead with the wedding plans from now on.

I have 4 bridesmaids dresses to make, we need a flower girl dress nearer the time and a page boy outfit too, but I have volunteered the mother of the two to get them ;-)

I am going to have a lot on my plate from now on - so with that in mind I am going to hand my notice in tomorrow - Oooooohhh not looking forward to that bit at all!

Cole's first night at grams

Well, on Saturday we got to babysit Cole for the night, we took him for a trip to Great Nan's (my parents house) in the buggy - it felt just like old times, pushing my 3, can't believe that I am a granny!

the pram is an 'all terrain buggy' and Rachel got it so it was easy to push on grass when she is at horse shows.

Cole was a good boy, he had a feed at 12pm, 2.30, 4.30 but went straight back to sleep after each one, he woke up at 7am and needed a change and another feed, and then went back to sleep till 10am. We went for another walk, and when we got back, Rachel was waiting for us - she said she'd wondered if we'd absconded to NZ with him! yeah.....I wish

But Richard has said that with buying a house as well as getting married they are going to hold off on the expensive honeymoon - instead they are coming out for a holiday around Christmas!!!

So I will get to see my babys sooner than I thought - Yippee!

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Do you think my boys will find friends easily in NZ

Well here goes, now that we have PR our boys are now realising that this plan is going to happen and the nerves have set in.....

so they will kill me for doing this but do you think that the 2 pictured will fit in with the youth in NZ ---answers on a postcard....

Jordon 17, 6ft 1ish, a Cancerian, apprentice Plater, keen body builder and into nutrition & healthy living, non smoker into riding his trials bike in the woods, going out with his mates and when bored he surfs the net like most UK teenagers.

Jason 15, a leo, typical teenager who when not at school is sat 24/7 on his PC chatting with mates and playing his internet games(world of warcraft?) this pic was taken on xmas day...yep as soon as he'd opened his pressies he was back online - he did sit down to eat dinner with everyone though!!

well hopefully some NZ teenagers may see this before my boys do and make me take it off!

he he


Tuesday, January 24, 2006

ITA Update

Well Just had a call at work from Rob, our case worker rang him to say we have Permenant Residency, we will get our visas in the next week or so....
Wow cant wait to crack open a bottle of red to celebrate!

ITA Interview

Our Case Officer has been assigned and she has rang to arrange Robs interview, for Monday 23rd January! So Monday arrived and at 12 noon she rang........it lasted 15mins (or so Rob can remember) and he said it was the most stressful 15 min telephone call in his life!
We have now got to wait 2 weeks for it to be official but we have been accepted, so May 06 is when we will be free to start our new lives......

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Coles Arrival


Well after a rather long wait (he was due any where between 19th and 29th December)Rachel was finally taken into the hospital to be induced on Saturday 7th January,

and finally he made his entrance into the world at 10.32pm on Sunday 8th January, weighing in at 8lbs, 2oz!As you will see in the picture, there wasnt much room and its know wonder he was kicking the bejeezers out of poor Rachels stomach and ribs!! He is an adorable grandson, he hasnt given his parents (Rachel my daughter and her partner Richard) too much trouble and is sleeping around 6hrs a night.I have babysat a few times so far, and love every minute of it, I will have to cram in as much as I can in the next few months as May will arrive before I can blink and then we will be leaving to start our new lives in New Zealand, which is a good thing....

but my heart will break when I have to leave Rachel and Cole behind.

This is a picture of him with great gram Dotty..
at 2weeks old....