I got back late on Tuesday evening and spent Wednesday rearranging a one bed flat to accommodate child 5 moving 'home' on Thursday. I say home loosely, because home for me is in Dubai, home for child 5 has been boarding school for the past 4 years. Don't ask me what our plans are, other than help him look for an apprenticeship and something to live and then I'll go back to Dubai. Peter is feeling slightly helpless being so far away, I'm feeling slightly (very) lonely without him, but this is the price we pay for choosing to live abroad, we have to make sacrifices in order to save for our future, retirement, old age and to support our children.
Next week won't be getting any easier emotionally as I say goodbye to child 3 and 3a, prior to them moving to Australia.
Anyway, I did manage to find a positive every day this week and I must say despite the constant goodbyes, there have been many great memories made.
183 Sunday. What I'm doing now.
184 Monday. Yum.
185 Tuesday. Green - Leaving the Emerald Isle
186 Wednesday. My Pets. The metal flamingo was a birthday gift, I've no idea why I bought the inflatable giraffe.
187 Thursday. Sports - well lots of physical exercise.
188 Friday. Giggle. Child 2 has had a couple of bad days, when he threw his chips on the floor in the middle of describing his bad luck it did make us chuckle.
189 Saturday. Move.
I don't have a deadline to return to Dubai, but I'm not planning on staying in the UK, whilst we own a one bed property in the UK, it's not really designed for living in full time with an 18 year old, he has the bedroom, I'm in the lounge/kitchen and sharing my bedroom with the washing and the cooking smells, but it means the teen is out the way and I can come and go as I choose and he spends quite a bit of time with me watching the TV. Visitors are not welcome at the moment as I can't be arsed to make the bed (fold the sofa up) every day.
On the blog this week:
My Sunday Photo: B is for Belfast
Parenting: What is the right age to leave home?
Gardening, animals and outdoors: Wildlife and plants in the desert.