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Pre-schools and Primary School31 Jul 2010
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2 months in...
22 Mar 2011
So we are two months into our new life in Perth and for me the holiday feeling is over. I do still very much feel we have made the right decision in moving here, the weather is fantastic and the lifestyle we have here to that in the Uk doesn't compare but I feel I did underestimate how much I would miss my family, especially as my parents were only a 10 min drive away and with having two young children I miss the support and help and the times when I would just pop over if I was having a bad day with the children and have a cup of tea and chat with my mum....I really, really miss that. I also feel somewhat guilty for denying them the chance to see the boys grow up, especially as they are changing so much and Jack has begun to say a few words, yesterday he said hmmmmm Ice cream. We do skype with them and that helps a lot, I have been known to cry to her over Skype a few times. They have been very supportive of our decision throughout and say that although they miss us very much seeing the children smiling and happy makes them happy.

I stay at home with the children, Samuel 4 and Jack 22 months. Samuel goes to Currambine primary school kindy two full days a week (they only do 2 full days as opposed to the UK 5 mornings or 5 afternoons) He has settled well into the two full days. They like the kindy children to wear uniform and you need to provide a stationary list for each term. Samuel wears a navy and white polo shirt with navy shorts and a navy bucket style hat. I will soon go and purchase some trousers for the cooler weather.

I have made some lovely friends and that really is the key to helping you settle. It can be hard putting yourself out there. Friendships do take years to establish but as most people are in a smilar situation you already have common ground and seem to connect quicker. I still really miss my uk friends and facebook is great for seeing how they are all doing as I don't often get to chat to them over the phone with the time difference. We have internet and an internet phone with Vividwireless, we get free uk calls for up to 5 hours a day but as most of my friends work till beyond 5pm and by then I'm in bed i only have the weekends to catchup. A couple are arranging dates to come and see us which will be great. My parents are hoping to come out in January and Gavin's parents are coming in Sept this year.

Perth is great for families, so many parks for the children. One in particular, Neil Hawkins Park, we visit most evenings where you can feed the parrots! and kangaroos come out when the sun goes down. This park is always a hub of activities from families having evening BBQ's to exercise classes from circuit training to kick boxing!

It really is a lovely place to live.

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