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Old Apr 25th 2010, 9:26 pm
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I can't believe we've been here three years since last week? The time has gone so fast and yet it felt like "home" straight away! My old life in the UK seems so distant now it's barely memorable.

I still absolutely love New Zealand. I totally love where we have chosen to live and think it's by far the best place we could have chosen. Well, "I" could have chosen! The weather is fantastic, the beaches amazing, the people wonderful and to be honest I can't imagine living anywhere else.

It's not been without it's ups and downs. Since my "2 Year Update" the oldest two have found boyfriends, a Kiwi accent and an attitude to boot. The eldest nearly dropped out of school, but has now decided to finish Year 13.

The youngest two are real little Kiwi's, no shoes, playing out every day, surfing, sports, no fear etc!

I started my own business 7 months ago, and although most of the time run off my feet, it seems to be going well thus far.

We nearly lost my dog, twice in the last year. But after having his tow amputated a couple of weeks ago through a cancerous tumour, he seems to have gained 5 years +!

I don't miss the UK, but then that's just me, my husband misses his sister and was gutted she couldn't come over as planned in February as she's expecting another baby.

We've had out first visit overseas, to the Gold Coast, it was great for the kids (we took 6 of them!) but lovely to arrive in Auckland and be told "Welcome Home." I'm away again in August to a friend's wedding in New York and then promised family I'd visit them in the UK, so I'm going for 2 days!

I guess the real change since the last update is that my husband and I have recently separated, so no doubt this will make Year 4 different then the previous three. One thing I can say is I am so glad I went all out to meet people and mix and socialise and also to try to help other newbies with meet-ups etc, as I have been overwhelmed with the kindness and offers of support from so many people it has knocked me out.

Here's to the next 3 years!
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Originally Posted by Am Loolah
I can't believe we've been here three years since last week? The time has gone so fast and yet it felt like "home" straight away! My old life in the UK seems so distant now it's barely memorable.

I still absolutely love New Zealand. I totally love where we have chosen to live and think it's by far the best place we could have chosen. Well, "I" could have chosen! The weather is fantastic, the beaches amazing, the people wonderful and to be honest I can't imagine living anywhere else.

It's not been without it's ups and downs. Since my "2 Year Update" the oldest two have found boyfriends, a Kiwi accent and an attitude to boot. The eldest nearly dropped out of school, but has now decided to finish Year 13.

The youngest two are real little Kiwi's, no shoes, playing out every day, surfing, sports, no fear etc!

I started my own business 7 months ago, and although most of the time run off my feet, it seems to be going well thus far.

We nearly lost my dog, twice in the last year. But after having his tow amputated a couple of weeks ago through a cancerous tumour, he seems to have gained 5 years +!

I don't miss the UK, but then that's just me, my husband misses his sister and was gutted she couldn't come over as planned in February as she's expecting another baby.

We've had out first visit overseas, to the Gold Coast, it was great for the kids (we took 6 of them!) but lovely to arrive in Auckland and be told "Welcome Home." I'm away again in August to a friend's wedding in New York and then promised family I'd visit them in the UK, so I'm going for 2 days!

I guess the real change since the last update is that my husband and I have recently separated, so no doubt this will make Year 4 different then the previous three. One thing I can say is I am so glad I went all out to meet people and mix and socialise and also to try to help other newbies with meet-ups etc, as I have been overwhelmed with the kindness and offers of support from so many people it has knocked me out.

Here's to the next 3 years!
Wow....bubbly on ice for you my love.....so good to hear you're feeling very settled & kids all becoming true kiwi's.
There's usually a bottle chillin' or a mug of tea brewing here at Te Puna if you're passing (till 15th May)
Keep smiling, enjoying and stay happy......
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Congrats on your 3 years. I know all about time going fast.
Here's to many more happy times there.
Share the bubbly out now please
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Hi Loolah,

Great update - other than the sad news that you have separated from your husband, hope you are okay!

What comes across in your posts in your absolute zest for life...and I think you could probably sell ice to eskimos! ha ha

You are such a big help to everyone both online and offline too so I hope people are paying you back with a little aroha and support.

Here's to you and your whanau having a happy, healthy life in kiwiland

Bring on the bolly!!!!!!!!!
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Bet it seems like yesterday you were packing up to go?

I am not surprised you have settled so well in NZ.You are always so upbeat on here and really have such a positive attitude. Your sense of humour shines through a lot of your posts

Good luck to you in the next coming year, going to be quite a change for you and the kids.

Cheers

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Bet it seems like yesterday you were packing up to go?

I am not surprised you have settled so well in NZ.You are always so upbeat on here and really have such a positive attitude. Your sense of humour shines through a lot of your posts

Good luck to you in the next coming year, going to be quite a change for you and the kids.

Cheers

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Ditto what Dewb says!
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Thanks you lot.

Meant to add, the only real negatives I still have are the racism issues and the education. Two out of the four kids seem to be doing really well at school, but the other two not so well. I guess it could be their personalities and academic ability to a certain extent, we'll have to wait and see.
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Bless your socks Am Loo.

You already know my thoughts, so I'll just say that I hope that this year , 2010, is a brilliant year for you all round.


UUUmmmmmmm............... don't you turn the big 40 this year too?
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A very positive post despite your recent separation. It sounds like you have some great friends to give support

Keep up the good work and hope you and the kids continue to love NZ
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A very positive post despite your recent separation. It sounds like you have some great friends to give support
Ditto.

Sounds like you have found your happy place! Congrats
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Great to hear that you're still loving NZ and very happy here
Sad about the separation, hope it all turns out ok for you all
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Yes its amazing how the years fly by, congrats on your 3 years and love of NZ life, Shame about the breakup, thats life !!!

We will have been here 5 years next month arrghh where the F@@@ did that go lol.

With the zest for life that you have, im sure you wont be alone for long ?

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Originally Posted by Am Loolah
I can't believe we've been here three years since last week? The time has gone so fast and yet it felt like "home" straight away! My old life in the UK seems so distant now it's barely memorable.

I still absolutely love New Zealand. I totally love where we have chosen to live and think it's by far the best place we could have chosen. Well, "I" could have chosen! The weather is fantastic, the beaches amazing, the people wonderful and to be honest I can't imagine living anywhere else.

It's not been without it's ups and downs. Since my "2 Year Update" the oldest two have found boyfriends, a Kiwi accent and an attitude to boot. The eldest nearly dropped out of school, but has now decided to finish Year 13.

The youngest two are real little Kiwi's, no shoes, playing out every day, surfing, sports, no fear etc!

I started my own business 7 months ago, and although most of the time run off my feet, it seems to be going well thus far.

We nearly lost my dog, twice in the last year. But after having his tow amputated a couple of weeks ago through a cancerous tumour, he seems to have gained 5 years +!

I don't miss the UK, but then that's just me, my husband misses his sister and was gutted she couldn't come over as planned in February as she's expecting another baby.

We've had out first visit overseas, to the Gold Coast, it was great for the kids (we took 6 of them!) but lovely to arrive in Auckland and be told "Welcome Home." I'm away again in August to a friend's wedding in New York and then promised family I'd visit them in the UK, so I'm going for 2 days!

I guess the real change since the last update is that my husband and I have recently separated, so no doubt this will make Year 4 different then the previous three. One thing I can say is I am so glad I went all out to meet people and mix and socialise and also to try to help other newbies with meet-ups etc, as I have been overwhelmed with the kindness and offers of support from so many people it has knocked me out.

Here's to the next 3 years!
Hi there, great to hear your positive outlook.... sad for the separation, support to you from me! - hope to be out there in August.. keep sunny!
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Heeeyyy Fairy Lady are you feelin the lurve here for you !! I am much more interested in the BIG birthday and expect to be told all details on Friday before you bog off again
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