We are home. And sitting at home until school goes back. (I might run in on Friday - lots of new books to deal with.)
I adore travelling and especially with my boys. They are big city boys, and no, Auckland is not a big city to them. I want them to see the world when young and to leave New Zealand and go and live somewhere else too. They loved Brisbane. I guess there are good things and bad things about both NZ and Australia, but lately, after 4 trips to Australia in 15 months, Australia is doing more for me than NZ...
We have lived there before and still have a family business in Melbourne. I am not sure if I could actually make the real move back there - at least not until the oldest had finished high school in 3 years. The other two I could haul out now. But the thing that holds me back is my school. (Not my family as most live overseas too). Crazy for a school huh?
Australia - we like public transport. We like fairly reasonable house prices. We like $2 for 2 L of milk and $2 boxes of nutrigrain. We like cosmopolitan cities. We like much cheaper books. We like all the walking and biking and family friendly cities. The endless places to go for little trips. The sensible driving. The wildlife. The cheaper power and petrol.
I guess life is what you make of it. All I see in NZ is the ordinary people struggling with high prices for everything and low wages. No-one going anywhere. A lot of stressed people. People living way beyond their means and trying to keep up with the Joneses. A broken education system which is failing every child under National Standards. And not enough money to give children below or above anything much.Schools that are killing themselves over images and children arriving at other schools well below where they should be starting. And the government not really giving a toss about the average kiwi.
But I will keep on trucking on in a country which I think is struggling. Keep on doing my best for my family and school and my education.And fully realising that we lucky with what we can do as a family and appreciating what we do have.