We are trying so hard to get used to our new lifestyle! David is Working night-shift while we are trying to see the sights of Mackay and still trying to do homeschooling! Does Travelling, Homeschooling and Night shift work hand in hand together?
New Life Style While Trying To Travel
We are only going into week two of Dave doing night-shift, travelling and homeschooling all in one. Then there is housework, cooking meals, trying to blog (which I am still trying to catch up on!)….so far I have snapped once during the week! It was the other day – I was trying to get the washing up to date (which I can’t do while Dave is asleep because the washing machine is in our boot of the bus – under our bed!), make lunches, clean the bus up and think about dinner.
Discovered this building the other day ~
In a park ~ its has the most amazing paintings on it!
I didn’t even have time for a wee nor had I been drinking enough water that day. Then it was a matter of rushing around to get everything done (quietly so Dave could sleep), and then think about getting him off to work. Yep I was a bit over it by then so when Dave asked for a hug I burst out with “It would be good to have five minutes to myself! Sure I can give a hug in between sweeping the floor, washing the dishes, and doing homeschooling”
Such A Great Wife Not
As soon as I burst out with it….I was mad at myself. So I did what any good wife would do – I walked off to the toilet block for five minutes of peace and quiet.
So if that happened in the first week of Travelling, Homeschooling and Night Shift Work – what is going to happen next week? Dave has five shifts that are 12 hours and he is only going to work with three or four hours sleep in between…..I am trying to escape from the bus so that he can sleep but he keeps saying that he can sleep while we are here.
On Monday Nicholas starts HighSchool so that should be a little bit quieter in the bus – and then if he does well we will look at the primary school for Kyle and Cameron. I like homeschooling but I cant juggle it all. Zachery is looking for a part-time job and has an interview with Woolworth’s on Wednesday….so hopeefully Dave can get to bed as soon as he gets home from work, and stay asleep until school is finished. That should give him about 6-7 hours of sleep.
But then we are trying to juggle exploring the Mackay area! I still reckon that 2 weeks working away would be easier on our family – less tension, more living, more travelling and more fun
Dave says he is OK with all of us being here, and the lack of sleep but I can see and hear in the way he talks to us that he is tired and cranky! He is trying to get back into the Mining Industry so that he can work away and then come home and dedicate that time to travelling…..but the mining industry is impossible to get into! It’s not what you know, it’s who you know. I keep telling him to find the boss from the mines, take him for a beer at the local pub and he will have the job
Our Boys Are NOT Quite Boys
All of our boys are not quite – they are typically loud full on boys. The other day I took them to the park and we had so much fun – I even had a go at the equipment…not sure what you call it, but there was this round thing that looked like a UFO. It turned around and could go faster and faster.
Kyle Playing at the Local Park ~
This kid gets so dirty…no matter where we are going!
Nicholas and Cameron thought it would be funny to push me on that as fast as possible! It was so funny – the more I tried to hang on, the more I was falling off and trying to say stop!!! Can only imagine what I looked like for the people driving by – but I had fun. And I laughed – really deep belly laugh….and Kyle joined in. It was so worth it – I am so going to be looking for more of those times. I need laughter in my life right now.
The Round UFO Ride That Makes You Dizzy ~
I found the photos of Kyle riding it ~
I tried it out….its so much fun
Kinda like that saying “Laughter is better than crying” Well I am holding onto that thought for the week ahead.
Funky Toilet Block ~
Love discovering paintings on buildings!
Q:- Does Travelling, Homeschooling, And Night Shift Work go together?
A:- My answer is based on our family experiences. Your family could/will be different!! For the time being I say No. Dave says it works fine…but I can’t see how as I am the one trying to juggle family, homeschooling, dinners, cleaning, washing of clothes, asking our boys to be quiet, and still explore the Mackay area. I guess at the moment I feel like a single Mum – and I feel like it would be easier if Dave was working away!
So hear this Universe – Dave needs a mining job where he can work, and sleep on site. Then return home so we can go for drives, camping, bush walking, rock climbing, fishing, swimming at the beach, exploring and discovering areas we know about and areas we do not know about
He Says :- Its fine
She Says:- No – shift working is too hard on the family living !
Ask us next week – we might be more used to it by then.
Have You Tried Travelling, Homeschooling and Shift Work together?
New Life on the Road