Remember this post? Remember this bit from that post:
What is my life dream? It is to get rid of all unnecessary stress in my life and spend my days doing things I enjoy. Things that give me the time I need to enjoy my family and have time for myself. Oh and I want to go and live in a provincial French town with my family for six months before our kids are of school age and write a book about it.
Well I can happily report that I am living the first part of the life dream above at the moment.
All the unnecessary stress in my life … gone.
Spending my days doing things I enjoy … tick.
Having time both for myself and to enjoy my family … oh yes.
It’s safe to say that life is being very good to me at the moment! So now it is time to activate the final part of the dream above – living in a little French village before our kids go to school. I have actually shortened the dream to three months instead of six and gawd, I am not going to write a book about it because I think that’s been done. And done. And done!
So now – lots of things to consider and I am calling on the collective wisdom of you all to help give my plan shape.
First of all – timing
The first thing is … the Berlin Marathon is on my bucket list. It would be really silly of me to go to Europe and not time it to co-incide with the Berlin Marathon right? So that means we need to go around September. So I am thinking September/October/November. Is this a good time of year to be in the North of France?
The second thing is schooling. I have just checked and my poor little July baby (who is going to be a GIANT when he finally gets to start school) won’t start Kindy until 2014 and Pre-Primary until 2015.
I think I would prefer to activate this dream in 2015 for a few reasons. The first is that the baby in my belly will be two and a half in September 2015 as opposed to 18 months in 2014. I am thinking it would be better to travel with a 2.5 year old than an 18 month old?! Also, I wouldn’t mind an extra year of training so I can do Berlin ‘properly’. Also, it gives us an extra year to save up.
But 2015 will be Jaden’s Pre-Primary year as opposed to his Kindy year. Is it a big no no to miss three months of Pre-Primary?
Second of all – where
In the perfect world we’d love to do a house swap so that might have some bearing on where we go. I have in mind to stay in the north-east of France for relatively easy access to Germany and Switzerland? Ant on the other wants to stay in Spain because he reckons that would be cheaper. If we go with France he insists that we find a castle to live in. Umm … anyone have any thoughts on this matter?! Wherever we stay needs to have room for guests because we have already told both sets of our parents that we expect one set to travel over there with us (not because we think we’ll need help with the kids on the plane or anything – we just love our parents) and one set to travel home with us!
Third of all – language
From the reading I have done, there seems to be little point learning French because the French we will learn won’t resemble the French that is spoken in any provincial village?! Is this right?
Fourth – reading
I know there are lots of people who have lived this dream … so what books and blogs should I be reading to get all clued up and excited?
And finally …
I think that’s all the questions I have got for now folks! Can’t wait to hear all your thoughts and advice on what will hopefully be a very fun future chapter in our lives!