Well the dental pain has subsided thanks to the antibiotics, and I've got an extra dose of drugs in case the infection flares up again during the easter holidays. We're going to the sun. Well not the sun exactly, but a place where it tends to shine all year round. I've been rooting out summer clothes, checking if they still fit, mine and the kids. My eldest daughter danced with glee yesterday as she tried out summer tops and skirts; I just felt cold looking at her. But dragging out thin cotton garments is not just about a week in the Canaries this time. We now know that we are moving to a tropical city where such clothes will be our uniform. No more boots, jackets, socks, sweaters or scarves. If I hadn't actually lived in South East Asia (hint!) before, I probably couldn't imagine it. I still don't want to say where we're going until my husband has signed his contract. Call it superstition. I also need to let friends know; I don't think any of them actually read my blog, but I don't want someone feeling put out if they do and hear it here first. As soon as he has signed on the dotted line, I will tell all. In the meantime, I have a new line in my job description; researcher and compiler of school applications. All the schools I have approached are currently full but hopefully families will be moving on and will start telling their schools soon. Their application forms are very, very detailed. Vaccinations records, school records, dietary issues, health checks, and so on. The poor printer is working overtime spewing out three copies of the multiple forms required to apply to four schools. It's a luxury I know, but kind of weird too, hoping to be chosen, especially as the whole school thing is such a central part of the childrens', and hence the family's, lives. It's a long way from the local school down the road, that's for sure.
I'm posting a photo taken when I was six months pregnant with my first child in the city where we are to make our next home. This is the first time in my life we are actually moving to a place I have visited before arriving there to live. If I'd had a crystal ball back in December 2000, I'd have visited some of the schools. Ah well.