OMG i have an 18 year old daughter……..im an old bird

me and George with some of her pals...paaarrrttttyyy

me and George with some of her pals…paaarrrttttyyy

how long did it take to eat...actually I think there is some still stuffed under her bed lol

how long did it take to eat…actually I think there is some still stuffed under her bed lol

18 today Georgia yipeeeee

18 today Georgia yipeeeee

happy 18th georgie porgie

happy 18th georgie porgie

Just a quick post to blog my lovely daughter Georgia’s 18th birthday, this was a few weeks back but thought I really want to add a post of some piccie’s of her milestone birthday including  the piss up we had to celebrate he he he…….naughty mummy

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HOME-SCHOOLING,ROAD-SCHOOLING,UN-SCHOOLING,HOME EDUCATING

oliver inside a dinosaur egg .ggrrrrrr

oliver inside a dinosaur egg .ggrrrrrr

the biggest sunflower competition

the biggest sunflower competition

we looked into home education when Oliver didn’t get a place at the preferred school and we had to endure the appeals process(which we won),whilst awaiting the outcome to the appeal we read loads of books and online forums and we really got what home educating was about and it stuck with us over the last couple of years. We let Oliver start school, it just seemed such a radical thing to do, to home educate, I mean I went to school , Dave went to school Georgia went to school, but the idea had planted it’s seed in my head and that’s where its grown and grown. We have been to numerous Home Educating groups that are held locally on a weekly basis and really feel it is the way we want to educate our child, well I think it’s more then educate its a lifestyle choice that I think will work well with our family and our plans. We plan to take Oliver out of school at the end of this term(summer) to home educate and then road school once we are on our travels.

Ive read so many wonderful, inspiring family travels blogs here are some of my favourites.

http://www.oursonnylife.com- Amazing family who have such a heart wrenching story, these guys will inspire you to make your travel dreams come true and to live each day to the full…these guys are fab.. check them out

http://www.worldtravelfamily.com- Amazing family travelling around SE Asia at the moment and am totally addicted to their blog. Alyson the super mummy is a complete champion for Homeschooling so you will find some wonderful posts about how she Homeschools and roadschools her boys. really inspiring blog with tons of info that is so relevant to our family.

http://www.with2kidsintow.blogspot.co.uk- Great advice for planning and packing, with plenty of tips and tales. Travelled for a year around India and South East Asia, they still update their blog with their travels.

http://www.360degreeslongitude.com- American family who travelled the world for year some of it on bikes until their then 11 year old daughter Katrina broke her leg… eeek, great stories, really well written book(imo) with lots of humour.

http://www.raisingmiro.com- mum and son having some amazing adventures on the road for the past 8 years, they have probably dealt with more things then I’ve had to in my whole life great keeping up to date with their travels, they have lots of invaluable info on their blog they are also on youtube with lots of podcasts, great blog, with a ton of info on roadschooling.

http://mmbzl.com – British family of 5( mum dad and 3 kids) went off for a year of family travels in July 2012, they have just finished that year after slowly travelling half way around the globe did they return when that year was done nah did they heck they thought we need another year to do this planet justice and that’s what they are doing. really great blog with a stack of info on S. America, cant wait till they get to SE Asia and see what they all get up to. Amazing family

http://www.escapeartistes.com- British mum and son have been travelling just about everywhere on planet earth for the past 3 years, they were planning on going for a year and set up their blog travels with a nine year old…..three years later they still going at it ..hence the new name lol amazing lady

All these families roadschooled their kids, some home schooled before and after their travels. I look at them with awe and excitement, to think Oliver could experience this type of living, well not just Oliver but me and Dave and even Georgia. Reading these blogs and books not only inspires me but really makes me believe that this is going to happen for us…..roll on 2014

ENJOYING SUNNY ENGLAND

TOOT TOOT MAKE WAY OLIVER IS DRIVING TODAY

TOOT TOOT MAKE WAY OLIVER IS DRIVING TODAY

driving the 9.27am hastings to London charing cross driver Oliver

driving the 9.27am hastings to London charing cross driver Oliver

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oliver on the big bus tour london

oliver on the big bus tour london

It dosn’t happen often but the sun is shining on the land of hope and glory and we are in a damn good mood. We decide to take Oliver to London to see the sights of our great capital….London here we come.

We live around 80 miles south of London and takes around 1 1/2 hours by train from Hastings to Charing Cross station. We got to the station and the train driver summoned Oliver over asking him if he would like to prepare the train for departure…….are you joking me Oliver totally flips out at this offer, Oliver then gets into the drivers seat and is told by the driver what numbers and buttons to press, he takes it all very seriously until the driver tells him to push this big black button which he does and toots the loudest bloody horn ever no kidding we both must of leapt 20 feet in the air the driver just cracked up laughing at us ha ha great fun.

Once we arrived we slapped on the factor 50 grabbed some water and snacks and jumped on one of the open top tour buses of London, the company we used was the big bus company, which is great value for money we brought a family ticket online for £66 which gives 2 adults and 2 children unlimited hop on hop off access to all their buses in London for 24 hours,live commentary,a free river cruise down the Thames and numerous free walking tours including a Harry Potter one which we didn’t get round to doing much to the sadness of my Harry Potter obsessed son, the website is http://www.bigbustours.com (there is an online discount if choosing a set date)
we saw many of the famous landmarks including Big Ben and the houses of parliament, the river Thames, the London eye, Tower Bridge, Tower of London and many other attractions. I had forgotten what an amazing city London is and what it has to offer for kids, Oliver and my friends daughter had a blast playing in a fab playground near the London eye, a free river cruise along the Thames, dipping our little tootsies in the fountain outside Buckingham Palace and of course the grand, the wonderful, the every kids dream shop HAMLEEEEEEEYS yah.

We had such a great day we got home around 7.30pm totally shattered but adamant we will return during the summer but perhaps stay overnight as there is just sooooo much more to see and 1 day does it no justice. WE LOVE LONDON

THE MASTER PLAN

my lovely George in her prom dress

my lovely George in her prom dress

save, save, save sort daughter out with job,driving and house,save save, start homeschooling son, save ,save, sell everything we own,save save.book flights,save save. pips,easy,sorted…..erm no

1st major hurdle is my lovely gorgeous georgia, she has just spent the last 2 years completing a level 3 childcare course in our home town, its been a long hard slog for her but it will no doubt pay off as there are so many jobs in nurseries,schools and children clubs requiring this qualification. Georgia really isnt up for travelling, she’s coming up 18, and looking forward to working earning some pennies to clubbing and holiday-ing with her mates, which is exactly what she should be doing. So we are getting her driving and hopefully she will have a job in the next few months,see i cant go untill she is settled ,there would be no point i would just worry, so thats really why as of yet we have no set date to depart, but we are looking at next June(2014) which gives us time to save more pennies and time for Georgia to transition to adult life. Georgia knows of our plans to go travelling but there are no pressures or set times,as we want it to be a natrual progression for her.