Summer holidays just flew by, and went even faster than normal because the last week and a half was focused on Dad and his funeral. It seemed like we were just starting to get into it, when holidays were over. I can't say that we celebrated the last day of holidays by going to Cold Rock, because we didn't feel like celebrating it, but we decided the last day of holidays called for ice cream.
Luckily I had organised everything to get the boys back to school, before Dad passed away, so I didn't have to stress too much about them being ready. I was stressing all holidays though, as I didn't know whether I would have a job teaching in first term. Towards the end of the holidays the cold sores started coming (even before Dad got sick) as I always break out in them when I'm stressed.
On the day that Dad and I went to Noah's garden and the cemetery Dad asked me who my boss was. I told him that I really had a few bosses, and then he asked me who would give me a job. I tried to explain how it works with the Department of Education when you are a temporary teacher, and that permanent teachers had to be placed before temporary teachers could. He then said to me 'you'll get a job because you're my daughter and I love you'. I laughed and told him it doesn't work like that, but that I hoped that I would.
The day after Dad passed away (just four days before school started) I got a call offering me a contract to teach EAL (English as an Additional Language) again at the same school, with the same kids. I was so happy and relieved. I absolutely love the job and the kids and was so happy to be able to teach them again. After the relief of getting a contract, I started to feel stressed because I only had a week to prepare for work, with a funeral thrown into the middle of it.
Harri and Kobe and I started back at school yesterday, and it really feels like we haven't even been away. I can't believe that Harri is in grade 5 already! Kobe is so excited to be in grade 1 and keeps saying 'I can't believe that I'm in my first grade'. He feels very grown up now he's not in Prep. I feel very blessed to be working with the same kids as it's meant I have just started up where we finished off last year.
Don't you love Milly waiting for us to throw the ball!