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The Perfect Age?

There’s a lot to consider in a decision to move to another country, not the least of which is the age of your children.  Our younger son is starting to question if he wants to move to the UK.  In his defence, he’s never so much as visited there, so he doesn’t have a frame of reference to say whether or not he would like it.  He is only 10 years old right now, he’ll be heading towards 12 when we finally make the move.

What are we doing to help him over this anxiety of the unknown?  Well, for starters, YouTube is kind of fun to get a feel of the various places and how the geography differs from Canadian geography (which he, in all honesty, has seen very little of either as this country is so vast), we’ve been using a UK based math program for his math curriculum so that he’s familiar with the money and measurements system that he’ll be using in the future, we talked about the weather here vs. the weather there, and many other things.

Is he convinced?  I don’t know.  I guess we’re repeating what my Hunny’s parent’s did to him when he was a small boy, only in our case there will be family and friends to welcome us at the other side of the pond.   Another advantage with the Littles being the ages they are… they haven’t started Cadets yet – and by the time we move, my older daughter will have just finished (my older son having finished in 2012.)  It’ll be just in time for my younger son to start a new stage in his life – his cadet career… and my younger daughter will start a couple of years after he does.

GE DIGITAL CAMERAHow is everyone else adjusting to the idea?  Well, my young daughter who is 8 now, is very excited to be moving.  All she can see is the positives, right down to the fact that she will get to pick out a new backpack to travel on the plane with – and that we’re going to be taking a plane and THEN a TRAIN!  Awesome of Awesomeness! *grin*

My older son, as I mentioned, has joined the Canadian Forces so he won’t be joining us in the UK – that is a hard one, but as he put it, “I’ll be so busy at work mom, and I can fly over to see you just as easy as I could fly home to some place in Canada”.  So that’s all good.  That leaves my older daughter.  I’m not sure what she thinks.  One day she is super excited at the prospect of making her dream of traveling in Europe a lot closer a goal, the next minute she’s listening to the Bubble Bursters and all their wild tales of how the UK is the worst place on the planet to live.  I pray over the next year she is able to sift through the rubbish and find the jewels.

Now, let’s clarify, I’m not saying that everything is rosey-posey in England… in fact, I rather expect we’ll have our fair share fo challenges just getting our feet on solid ground (applying for numbers, health and otherwise, finding a home, learning the lingo, transferring licences, etc) but I still believe that there is quality over quantity – and what makes one person happy might not suit everyone.  I asked my young son if he would like to see Daddy truly happy… and if it would be worth taking a big leap of faith.  He said yes… so there you have it.  It won’t always be easy, but it will certainly be worth it.

And what if?  What if things don’t work out as we’d like?  Well, in that case, we’ll be doubly thankful that we travelled light, as Canada would be nothing more than a plane ticket away…

Nothing to lose, everything to gain… and an adventure to be had!

So what would be the perfect age to move?  I know that Hunny and I are both 42 – and we’re nervous-excited… can we expect anything less from our young’uns?

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On Learning to Speak

SO… one of my little concerns about moving over the pond is about being able to be understood.  You see, though English is spoken in both Canada and the UK – and though I am not concerned about spelling since we use British spelling here in Canada, unlike our neighboUrs to the south – I am a little worried about vocabulary.

Maybe it’s the homeschool mom in me, but I feel this incredible urge to do some schooling on British Vocabulary before we get over the pond… mainly so that the kids don’t have complete culture shock when we get there.  My Bigs have already been to the UK – they went in  2010 – a few months before my Hunny and I went – but the Littles have never been.  They don’t know what to expect.

Hunny enjoying a '99 Flake' ice cream - YUMMY!

Hunny enjoying a ’99 Flake’ ice cream – YUMMY!

With that in mind, we’ve been trying to introduce vocabulary to them… like crisps instead of fries CHIPS (thank you to Steve for pointing out my oopsie – I was thinking chips and fries, and crisps and chips – but I think I got all confoozled with the vocabulary! LOL!), lorries instead of trucks, and bangers’n’mash instead of sausages and mashed potatoes.  But because I don’t know all the different words that will be different, I went searching.  Now, for the G-rated crowd, I do NOT suggest googling this with small reading children around… there are a lot of “vocabulary lists” that include some rather inappropriate words or phrases.  EEK!

So, for your convenience, I am including a nifty-doodle website that I FINALLY found that has appropriate lists of words, AND a whole lot more information if you pop around it a bit.  I’m going to explore it later with my Littles – it might start getting them excited about our move next year.

We’ve also been trying to make a few more “traditional” dishes around here, just so that there isn’t Food Shock when we get their either… so if anyone knows a great shortcrust recipe in North American measurements, I’d be very grateful!  Every recipe I find seems to measure things by weight – how will I ever learn to cook?! *grin*

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