For those who skimmed the tourist blog and want to know what’s actually happening, here is the low down. We are about 12 days in and there have been a few adjustment issues…
The first few days were tantrum central and we were considering the boarding school option from the get go and Sean and I enjoy travelling on our own. Things seem to have settled down though in the last few days as we all relax and get into the swing of life on the road.
Good things that have happened
We are all sleeping in. Crazy sleep ins for a household (or are we now a vanhold?) of early morning risers, where ordinarily I’d be checking pulses if anyone slept too much past 7am. We are getting up at 8/9am. Maybe its because we simply don’t have to be or go anywhere at any particular time. Also the fact that its not getting dark until 9.30pm means we are all still up and on the go until later.
Kids are reading. Books – actual books! It warms my heart!
Ashton has been asking for more books as he is whipping through the small library I put together. Never mind there is a cricket/rugby theme to his reading, my child is READING! Yippee, there is hope!
Lucas is also quietly reading but don’t tell anyone or he may stop, so we won’t make a big deal of THAT.
I bought Lucie a set of sight word flash cards, as we never quite got there in kindy. No reflection on her reading interest, more her parents lack of commitment third time around, which will most likely be a theme for her in therapy when she’s older. Apparently sight words are boring and for babies and she reads real books now. Good to know!
Minor Issues Report
1. The Budget. We set ourselves a budget to keep track of our expenses, so we will in fact be able to last a year and won’t be home in three months. All I can say is the way we are going we may be seeing you all sooner than we think. Eating out is our big budget fail, but also one of our favourite things to do, which is a dilemma. It took us about 30 seconds to go from buying fish at the market yesterday, which to be fair didn’t actually look that great, to having dinner in the Pub. Significant budget blow out there when you throw in bottles of wine and the kids were ordering “Frogs In A Pond”. No kidding, it really was on the menu! None of these things we even would have thought twice about at home, but when what you have needs to last, it seems to go faster!
2. Coffee. We decided to invest a small fortune in a “Little Guy” so we could continue to enjoy quality coffee on the road. It was nick named the “Big Boy” as it weighs about 5kg (a big deal when space and weight are an issue). It’s about to be renamed the “Big Dud” as it has yet to produce any drinkable coffee. We are on about day 10 of no decent caffeine as Sean also refuses to stop near a coffee shop to pick up coffee. Something about parking a caravan in traffic or some such. Sean’s reassurances that he has a year to perfect the coffee had better be rethought as unless there is a good cup of coffee pretty soon, someone is going to die. Hello, brother who is a barista….please come & sort this out!
3. The Jayco….yes yes we know, they fall apart. There is a lot to be said for buying a second hand van. The previous owner has either A. Got rid of it because it is falling apart or hopefully B. Fixed all the “issues” so the van is in pretty much good nick, which was the case with our old van. So far the things that have gone wrong have been (mostly) our doing. The awning ripped as we pulled out of a car park in Vic as we were a little too close to the cute vintage shop awning (which was fine). The ladder to the top bunk snapped the hook, so now Princess Lucie needs someone to get her in & out of her tower. The door lock only works if the door is pulled firmly (slammed) so the whole campground knows when you are quietly sneaking out in the night for a wee.
4. Personal space. In a van this is tricky. The boys have created Bat Caves with their beds, which is very ingenious & Lucie has her tower, which is the top bunk. I have headphones & a meditation app, which isn’t really working out so well & Sean has opted for selected deafness, which seems to be working well for him!