I got back from Sydney last night.
I have a million things to do today, so I really shouldn't be blogging right now. I should be rectifying my mountain of washing, doing my overdue BAS, cleaning the green algae filled pool and getting on with painting the meathouse.
Also, I have to help my son with writing a speech for school and helping my other son with some NAPLAN revision work.
My week started off with my very first red-hot go at being canteen mum for the day. So while I was trying to take all the information and not stuff it up in the process, I was wishing I was home to pack up and do stuff before the long drive to Sydney the next day.
Canteen was good, and I was lucky it was a quiet day and I only forgot to put one pie on (which was quickly microwaved without a drama).
Next morning I drove to Sydney with my oldest son H for an entrance exam for a school that we are hoping to send him to in year 7. He will be boarding there and I booked him in when he was about 6 months old. I heard that it is quite hard to get in as there are so many people vying for spots and the demand is quite high.
So, I am not the best driver in Sydney. I have no idea where I am going most of the time. We usually drive to our spot where we stay and walk/catch trains/monorail everywhere.
This was a test for me, to see if I could drive to Sydney all by myself and also to get to the prospective school on time.
I woke at 3.00 that morning too jived up to sleep anymore, lucky I had a good book with me to keep me company!
I decided that we would get up at 6.00am. We were ready to go by 6.45 and I thought we should get going as I didn't know my way around well. I thought if I got lost, I would have time up my sleeve.
I had plenty of (too much really) time up my sleeve. We arrived there with an hour to spare! So we had a wander around before the exam.
The view of Sydney Harbour is magnificent from the oval. I had been there once before for a friends wedding about 12 years ago, I had not had a proper tour of the school though. So H was taken away for his 3 hour exam and I was taken to an auditorium to the parents presentation.
I was very impressed with all that I saw that day. It is an impressive school anyway, there is so much that they can do there, and so many opportunities to excel in so many things. It was quite fabulous!
It is my pick so far. I have not looked at the other school we thought may be a good fit for our boys as yet. But I don't think you can really compare the two. I sort of wish that I had not had a good look around now, since it is like drinking Vueve Cliquot for the first time, and then having to go back to drinking XXXX Gold.
Very expensive school, but absolutely the best I have seen. H was fairly blown away by it all. Just the size is mind blowing, a bit different to our cute little school at home.
After his test, I thought that since we came all that way we should go and look around ourselves. I met up with a couple of other people from the country who were there for the exam too, and we gave our boys a tour of the boarding house.
There are only about 30 boarders in year 7 which makes it feel lovely and like a family setting. And they are fussed over a bit in their first year to let them adjust (and parent too).
It was a lovely day!
We will see what happens, if we can do this for our boys or not.
I managed to get lost coming back though, I got in the wrong lane in the tunnel and ended up taking the scenic route trying to not be swept onto the Harbour Bridge and Anzac Bridge. Somehow it worked out....
We then (H an myself) went to check out the new Pottery Barn, Williams Sonoma and Pottery Barn Kids stores that had opened that day.
I missed all the fanfare of the opening time and Barry O'Farrell's appearance too. And I missed all the bloggers who have been so excited about this launch for months too.
Anyway, the store was packed at 4.00pm when we arrived. I was quite impressed and bought a few towels from Pottery Barn Kids and I got the monogrammed. They were a day behind, so they said they would send them out to me free of shipping costs.
I might do a post on PB by itself later.
Soccer, birthday parties and a trillion tonnes of washing to put away today. Looking forward to a quiet Sunday for sure!
Off to bed now.......