5 reasons why working in Wagga is better

1. I spend less time commuting and more time at home with my family.
2. I ride my bicycle or run to and from work every day. If the weather is bad or I don’t feel like the exercise I can catch a lift with a colleague or pay $1 to catch a shuttle bus. 
3. I am surrounded by bushland, not skyscrapers and traffic.
4. Morning tea is compulsory.
5. I look out the window from my desk and see kangaroos.


Well, due to the fact that we still do not have internet up at the new house yet – the update of the WOWs will have to be all at once. (PS – WOWs = Whitbourns of Wagga)
House = is good, apart from the internet connection still to be worked out. Everyone seems to be enjoying their new space. The girls both have their own rooms which is nice for them and Maisie has all her toys out of the box and into her own play space. The kitchen and bathrooms are brand new and the whole house has been freshly painted. It will do us fine for the next 6 months or so.
Tali = Good. Growing a lot, eating a lot and generally going well. She has had some unsettled nights, so tonight we will be trying something new.. She is now in 0000 clothes, with some of them still to big for her. She is starting to cooooo and there have been hints of some smiles, so that is very exciting.
Moo = Good. Enojying the run of the house. She enjoyed her first ice cream cone with her cousins the other night and we all enojyed watching her eat it (it took her about 1/2 an hour). As you can see from the video that Cade put up the other day – she is talking it up all the time. Her latest “english” word is Clock – and she will even show you where it is in the room (and look for one even when there is not one there to find..)
Lisa = Good (see a theme here..) Wagga is exciting to explore. Last week we walked into town a couple of times to figure out where stuff is and we had a busy weekend of eating out at different peoples homes. I am enjoying the quiet and the slow pace of things already, and the days seem to fly with Cade arriving home so much quicker from work.
 Cade = Good (i am speaking on his behalf, so i hope thats correct..) The uni is set out over a hill about 7 kms out of Wagga. He has been running out to work on most days and has caught the bus once and also rode his bike out yesterday morning. His office is overlooking bushland, and right across from the uni pool which is exciting for summer time. On saturday he went for a run with a running group which meets every week for a race.
So, overall, we are all good. We are loving living closer to family, we have had Mum and Kate (and Jenna!) come from Albury for visits, and Peter and Carole came to help us fix up some stuff at the house and we are having great fun seeing Paul and Tanya and the girls so often – Matilda and Ebs are coming over for sleep over fun this weekend which will be great.
Have to say that this past month (or three) have been crazy, and we need to thank so many people for their love, prayers and support. We have had people cooking for us, cleaning for us, taking care of our kids for us, fixing stuff for us and just being there for us. I really dont have time (or enough energy at the moment) to write and send out thank you notes – so please accept this as a big thank you from the WOWs. xox


Now it’s really starting to sink in that we are leaving Sydney…
In related news, Maisie had a good time playing with her cousins on the weekend. Although our girls will live further from this set of cousins, at least there is another full compliment of 4 cousins to play with in Wagga!

Saying Goodbye

Over the next week, we are going to have to say goodbye to many people and many things.
Now – the people are much more important than the things, but the other day I had to say goodbye to a dear old pair of shoes that I have loved for about 11 years. This was actually harder than what I thought it was going to be. My blue doc martins that were bought for me in 1996 were warn pretty much non stop for a few years and then it slowed down to a every now and then and more recently it has been on a very casual basis.
As you can see from this photo – they had worn themselves out and it was time to part with them. And even though our relationship had lessened over time, it was still painful to put them into the vinnies bag..
In other non moving news – Maisie has realised that now that she can walk, she doesnt need to push her trolley around – she can climb into it and ask to be pushed around.

Week 2

We have had lots of family fun times this week.
On Sunday we went into the city for the last time before we move to Wagga. Maisie had a great time climbing the steps of the Opera House.
On Tuesday we went to Oatley Park for a picnic lunch.
And today was Cades 28th Birthday. We celebrated by having a family dinner and a birthday cake.

On our own

Today was Cades first day back at work, so us girls had our first full day on our own.
We did cheat a bit though – we spent the morning at Louise’s house with Maisies friends from Church. Then when we got home, everyone was so tired from such a great play this morning, that we all slept for an hour and a half.
So, really when you work it all out – we have only been alone for about 5 hours… which isnt that much time at all!