Day 3 - Future Footprints

We arrived early to Future Footprints today. I give myself time to get caught up in peak hour traffic. Well, it is a different concept here in Adelaide. Peak hour in Melbourne is horrible, here not so much.

Something I have noticed about Adelaide (the 3 streets of it I have seen), there are heaps of Vets! An unusual amount. I love a city that loves animals so much!

Apparently Tova had a good day today. She was so excited to see me when I picked her up. I love it!

It is nice to talk to the other parents while waiting for the kids to get out of class. Everyone knows so much useful info.

This morning I found a gym that had a BodyAttack class so, I asked for a free pass, got one and did the class. It was only half an hour, but that is ok, they chopped out the tracks that I find 'boring' anyway.

After I got Tova we drove down the road to the beach. Glenalg (sp?). It is out of this world. What a massive beach and a crazy indoor lunapark/water world place that has a ferris wheel out the front.

Tova wants so much to go on the wheel. She cried when I said no. Not sure why I said no, but I didn't feel like it. Perhaps on the weekend. She was unimpressed!

She did make me walk to the water and take our shoes off so we could walk in the water. She wants to go swimming. I think the weekend will be hot, so maybe then.

The boys arrive in a week!!!!

Tova has not played musical beds this evening. I think she is tired.

I love this apartment, it has such a good feel to it. We are happy!

Tova seems heaps more focused in only the past few days. This therapy is very impressive. I am a very big fan of Conductive Education!

The staff at Future Footprints are still outstanding! I love how they treat Tova. I'm not sure where they get all their energy from to do what they do all day, but they are all happy and inspiring when I get Tova at the end of the day. 

Tova at the beach in Adelaide after day 3 of Conductive Ed

 

Tova and I with our feet in the water at the beach in Adelaide 

 

Day 2 - Future Footprints

Tova was a bit hesitant about going to class today. But happy enough. I told her I was going and she made sure that I told her I was  coming back to get her. I think some times she is worried that she will have to stay places for ever! 

I chatted to some dads who were dropping off kids on the way to work and then went on my way back to the hotel to work too. I wish I had stopped at a gym, but nope, I sat for the entire day working.

Tomorrow morning I am either going to a gym or doing the Attack on the usb. 

When I picked Tova up I chatted with the other mums, they all seem lovely. Their kids are so cute. All the kids seem around the same age ish. 

I think Tova had a good day. Her face lights up so much when she sees me. It is the happiest face I have ever seen!

I drove to pick Tova up with no GPS and the same on the way home. I feel like a local, as long as I stay on the three roads I know. 

Katrina and Jack visited Tova and I this evening. Katrina is my biological Sister, which makes Jack my nephew. He is remarkable, I'm pretty proud to call him my nephew! Tova's cousin! It was great to catch up with them (and their friend also named Jack). Tova was watching the sound of music and made it quite clear that she didn't want to be disturbed by anyone. hehe.

Jack is keen to catch up with Nissim and Yuval when they are here too. 

Adelaide has a nice feel to it. 

Tomorrow we do it all again. 

I am very impressed with Future Footprints, I highly recommend it. They run programs all through out the year, not  only intensive programs like this one.

After dinner I gave Tova a bath, read her books (in one of the single beds pushed together), went out of the room to let her fall asleep. I did tell her to stay in the single bed that is pushed up against the wall so that she doesn't fall out. She nodded. I went back in later to find her in the double bed with baby, baby all tucked in next to her. She is so cute. I am pretty sure she does this for my amusement because I talk about it to her in the morning when we wake up. She laughs. 

Day 1 - Future Footprints

We left early just in case. There is no need. We are CLOSE! 

The moment we arrived someone greeted us and showed us the way in. Future Footprints - the people doing the Conductive Ed program, have just moved to a new building, there is no obvious signage. We were greeted by the most lovely husband (covered in paint) of the owner/organiser. He helped me with all Tova's stuff.

Once in Tova looked around quietly, not clinging to me, which was nice. She was curious but cautious. However a few moments later she was whisked away and didn't look back. She felt comfortable from the word go. Lately Tova has been a bit clingy and sooky at new places. But not here. I think she really liked seeing the other kids and also the staff are lovely. Everyone was lovely to her. She did a puzzle and got comfortable.

I asked what was expected of me and pretty much told that I can leave (or stay if I want), I left after a quick intro in to Tova and her eating etc. 

I went food shopping. 

And then Internet Shopping. 

We now have food and internet (but now no money). 

I love this hotel! It is so big and bright and clean. It is a bit lonely, not like Canada where we all lived in the same building. 

I met a mum today, she seems very nice. Local. I told her about Lively Eaters. 

My boys are on my mind. It would be nice to have them around. They are visiting in a week or so. 

Tova had a great day. I hope she has a great day tomorrow.

When I picked her up today she was so beautiful that I almost cried. I had to fight back tears. I think because she was so happy and we came such a long way and it is a success from the word go! 

We shall see what the weeks bring. I have a good feeling, why not!

Tomorrow I start work as we are now all set up. 

Tova has been playing musical beds, tonight she and her fav toy 'Baby' are in the single bed. I think I will push the double up against the single and have one massive bed. 

It is cute to find her in a different bed each night. 

I'm feeling a little horrible, I have pretty much lived off junk food for the last few days and haven't been to the gym for too long. Maybe tomorrow I will jump around to the body attack video I have (given to me by someone very kind). Or perhaps I will just keep eating! Only tomorrow knows. Nighty night. 

Tova watching Tv in our hotel room after her first day of Conductive Ed Adelaide

 

Road Trip

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Tova and I set off on Saturday morning at 10.30ish.

I packed everything. I pretty much just took every single item of clothing from our cupboards and shoved them into two suite cases, then went around the house grabbing 'stuff'. It was GREAT because usually we go by plane and can't take much. So much thought goes into packing. I didn't think much on Saturday morning, I just packed.

So with a full car we set off. Tova watched movies pretty much the entire way. We did stop every few hours, sometimes to eat, sometimes to play. There was a park somewhere like Horsham that we spent some time in. We met some other kids driving from Melbs to Adelaide, they were cute and fun to talk to.

It started getting late so we stayed the night at a motel in Kaniva. It was fine. Tova slept in her own bed. I let her decided which bed she would sleep in or even if we would sleep together. She decided to sleep in the single bed and she actually stayed in it all night, covered even. So that is something new.

In the morning we slept in a bit and took ages to get it together, we left Kaniva at about 10ish. Again we drove for a couple of hours, stopped, ate, played, drove and so on. Finally we got to Adelaide. In the morning Yuval had told me about a self contained hotel room that was sort of affordable (Still expensive) so I decided to check it out before heading to the Mother of the guy I met on the plane to Canada's house. Josh (guy from plane) is from Adelaide and his mother has a spare room and VERY generously offered for Tova and I to stay with her. I have been quite worried about staying so far from the therapy place (40mins drive each way for therapy each day). So I first went to one hotel room that I had found. I didn't think much of it. It would have done, but still a bit far (20 min drive each way to therapy). I then went to the one Yuval found. It is about 10 mins drive each way. It is GREAT. BIG, and clean and the owners are so lovely. It is a shame to be spending so much money on somewhere to stay, but it is going to be nice.

There is no net here. So I will have to sort that out tomorrow. Not sure how I would survive with no net.

I spoke to little Nissim on the phone today. It will be nice when he and Yuval come to visit Tova and I in about 10 days.

In the bed room here there is a double bed and two single beds. I pushed the singles together for Tova, but just went to check her and she is in 'my' double bed. So I guess that is her bed now.

I went to go buy groceries, but all the supermarkets shut at 5pm.. However, get this... they open again at 12am.. yep midnight. How strange. So, we don't have anything fresh to eat. I got Tova some noodles and veggies from the noodle/wok box take away. Yuk. But it is food and not so unhealthy.

Tomorrow it all starts.. Again. I hope Tova has a great day tomorrow. I hope I get a chance to go find the internet/dongle. Just like Austria.

Therapy, therapy, therapy.

Hello Adelaide. I wonder what it is like here.