What a way to bring the new year in… lots of healthy energy consumed on NYE.
So much has happened since our last post. We simply have not stopped.
We got the keys to our new place and did a few trips in the car up to Brisbane to take some fiddly and very weighty items.
There was so much help from friends with packing, sorting, and finalising things on the Gold Coast in the lead up to the big move. This help was so much appreciated and I would never have done it all by the due time, without the help. Thank you so very much to you all – and you all know exactly who you are, xxx.
Saturday…Our move day happened to be the hottest day in history!! Slight exaggeration, but it was 42 degrees at the hottest and unfortunately, Energy Australia failed to connect the electricity the day before, so we did not have any electricity for fans or air conditioners until after 2.20pm.
Deb and Nell were absolute gems in ensuring we (2 removalists, Kyah’s dad, Kyah and I), were hydrated and kept as cool as possible with ice and fluids. Kyah was in charge of directing furniture and boxes to the correct rooms, Deb and Nell unpacked the kitchen. The removalists, Kevin and I unpacked the trucks. Unfortunately, due to the angle of the driveway, it was recommended the truck stay on the road at both loading and unloading ends. Not good. This meant lots and lots of walking.
Removalists arrived at 7.15am and the job was finally done by 4.30pm. We were all exhausted and very hot.
The next few days was spent unpacking and moving the essential furniture and boxes into rooms. Kyah was to sort herself out and organise her room. She needed to be organised, ready to start her new schedule. Over the following week up until now, I have been unpacking. How much “stuff” do we carry around with us??? I know we have moved “stuff” we really don’t need – so it is going where it is needed.
Kyah had Summer School, with Queensland Ballet, start on the Monday. She caught up with some girls she knew from other workshops and so she had some people to hang around in the breaks. This can be an awkward thing, so that was sorted, which is nice.
Kyah loved the Summer School; working with the teachers, getting back into dancing and socialising again. The end of week performance the students put on, was great. I am always amazed at how fast they learn choreography, for a number of dances, and with pretty good timing.
The first week of school and the Queensland Ballet Academy program was a fairly gentle introduction. Monday was orientation day at both Queensland Ballet and school. Then Friday was a public holiday. 3 of the 5 days were very busy and gave us an idea as to what to expect from the program.
Australia Day was spent racing around catching up with some people, which was lovely. It was a very long day, but also very nice. Kyah got to see her bestie, over lunch, and we thoroughly enjoyed our entire day.
Week 2. The start of long days, busy days, lots on, no spare time. Kyah seems to be enjoying it. There are only 8 people in her year doing the program, so there will be plenty of opportunity for her to learn, and not much opportunity to hide. We are both looking forward to it.
We are still settling in to life in Brisbane. It is very different to life on the Gold Coast in a number of aspects. Fortunately, we are both very open to change and new adventures, so it will be good. The humidity is a bit rude, so we are hoping that will subside very soon.
Isa 28:16-17 So this is what the Sovereign Lord says: “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who relies on it will never be stricken with panic. I will make justice the measuring line and righteousness the plumb line; hail will sweep away your refuge, the lie, and water will overflow your hiding place.