Finally in the new home and have my own wireless back on. Have been able to check my email etc on hubby's little mobile connection, but never felt comfortable in downloading too much, or using it too much, so didn't get around to writing here. *sigh* another excuse :)
So, we moved on the Saturday after Boxing Day, with the help of 4 fantastic friends. Mum took the kids off our hands and that made the move a lot easier. With only the hard flooring in place, we couldn't move completely in. Hubby and I spent the first few nights on the mattress on the floor in the dining room. Our first night in the bed in the bedroom was New Years Eve, so though that was lovely, it was also a bit of a shame, as the neighbours over the road were having a NYE party in their garage, and our room is in the front of our home. So it was louder there than it would have been if we were in the dining room. Still, I think I slept better in the bed than I ever had on the mattress on the floor.
New Years Day I put eldest son's single bunks up in his room. Gave him the option of staying in the toddler bed, between the twin's cots, or of using the 'big' bed; it didn't take him long in jumping straight in the big bed and he hasn't looked back. Loves it. He's a big boy now :)
Eldest daughter is also in her own room, in a big big bed. Twins are still in cots and will be for a very long time at this point. They won't stay in bed if they aren't 'locked' in cots. They are 18 months old now. Gah! Amazing and wonderful at this age.
Eldest daughter is no longer 'seeing' her boyf. Was a little worried on the confession that she was only kissing cos he wanted to. Hmmm.... Not a good way to act, especially with a couple steps on from kissing is.... well, you know what I mean. I've told her on several occasions about using condoms etc, when it's time, but you just don't know how much sinks in. She's 13 in March, so I don't think that 'time' will be soon, but really, who knows. Kids are getting older faster these days.
So we're still waiting on a few things that we've budgeted for; blinds, alarm, fence (if the neighbour ever gets in touch to confirm he'll pay half - doesn't help he doesn't live there and is trying to sell the place), screen doors for the big sliding doors at the back of the house, but we've done well. Got the clothes line up this week, that was a freebie from freecycle, only cost us the concrete and 'plug' to insert it into the ground. Got the big table up in the dining room, that was a gift frommy brother. Got 8 chairs from IKEA to go with - they were $30 each (yes! $30) and Mum, Mum-in-Law, and Nana all pooled together and gave them to us for Xmas. Got a 2 seater and 2 big armchairs in fantastic condition from a friend for only $80. Got a letterbox for only $5 on ebay (which I've seen at Bunnings for $110). Got a second telly for the kids area from freecycle. So many freebies and gifts and lots of luck. And it was a bonus that our rental home had such a huge garage that we could store our stuff in. Things like the clothesline and dining table were in therefor around a year before we moved.
Once everything is paid off, we're going to look into our final savings amounts and see if we can afford a deck out the back of the house. The kids will be able to play outisde then, and won't go so stir crazy indoors too much.
Back to work next week. Has been a great few weeks off. Here's hoping the new longer drive won't be too draining.