Saturday, November 12, 2011
Life continues with its little ups and downs and constant running around. My work has been retrenching lots of people (probably won’t be a factor for me at the moment), and Al’s work continues its glacially slow but inevitable march towards outsourcing and offshoring to nothingness. Meanwhile we have the share market lurching up and down drunkenly on a daily basis, and the world apparently on the precipice of another great depression, or not, depending on the time of day or the discussions about the latest EU bail outs.
It is a reminder that you can’t take things for granted, which we were particularly mindful of this week while we went over out 16 or 17 year plan to give us the option of putting the kids through a Private High School. To ensure we would not have to pull the kids out half way through due to financial constraints, we have already started to save. This year we had a goal of putting aside an extra $15,410 – which we will probably be $1,000 to $1,500 short on, but will be able to make up next year. (It is a large and long sacrifice!)
The kids of course are oblivious to the world’s economic problems, or that Mum and Dad’s budget stretches out so far into the future. Jack’s main concern in life is how often he gets to play on his PS2, and Grace’s main concern is doing what she wants when she wants, whatever that might happen to be at the time.
Speaking of schooling, Jack had his school concert this week. It was repeated over two nights (to allow as many parents and family the opportunity to see), and was done in a rather nice theatre (offered for free by a nearby Private School). I went the first night, and Al went the second. Much to my surprise, while a bit too long, it was actually very good. It spoke volumes of the efforts and approach of his primary school.Posted by Doug at 9:12 PM
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Grace gave a cheer when Al drove into the childcare car park yesterday. When they parked Grace asked for her water bottle (the centre encourages them to take their own as it seems to increase the amount of water they drink). Al had forgotten to bring it (again), so this caused Grace to cry.
Today when it was time to leave Grace suddenly headed off to the kitchen. She returned with one of her water bottles under her arm, and wouldn't let us take it off her. Apparently she realised she couldn’t trust her parents with the task, so brought it along herself...Posted by Doug at 11:01 AM