Monday was a child free day for myself. The boys all headed to work and school and Abby headed to my Mum's. My uni course is starting up again so I've been trying to get a big of a head start just like I did last year. With four little ones it's always best to be super prepared in case illness invades the household. The last thing I need is to fall behind! I managed to get a big of reading done but mostly it was organising and sorting paper work.
Tuesday and Wednesday I spent both of these days at my Mum's. I felt like I needed my mind occupying. For those who didn't know, I had my driving test on Thursday and by the time Tuesday rolled around I was a nervous wreck. So bad in fact I thought I would fail for sure just from the nerves. Wednesday I had a lesson with Pete my instructor that really helped my nerves. He was just so reassuring and a great teacher, I felt completely ready.
Thursday came and the nerves seemed to wash away a little. I was excited! I had to wait until 1:30pm to be picked up by Pete for an hours lesson and then my test was at 2:27. It felt like forever to wait. I put Abby down for a nap at 10am and tried to nap with her just to waste some time but that wasn't going to happen. My mind was too busy with everything!
When Pete picked me up, he had found out who the two examiners were for the day. "Jolly Jim and No Pass Paul" Oh great! So we did the lesson and covered all the bases, it went so smoothly. We arrived at the test center early just so we could go over a couple of the questions like how to fill the car with oil etc. The test centre is actually up at our leisure centre so it was quite strange heading into the reception without a tonne of swim bags and excited children. Pete and I went and sat at the reserved table where a lad and his instructor was sat. This poor guy looked green and I thought I was looking bad!
A blonde haired man in his high-visibility jacket came around the corner and Pete said oh here's Jim! So there I am smiling like a crazy person at him thinking I had the friendly instructor, that was until he headed straight for the green looking guy. Pete laughed and was like, right you'll have Paul and all of a sudden I have Pete blabbering these horrible roads Paul likes to take you down and remember how to do this and that correctly.
A dark hair guy came round the corner then and he didn't look anywhere near as the 4 headed monster Pete had made him out to be. I left Pete at the centre and we walked out to the car. I answered the question he asked and then we were off. For the first 20 minutes of the test he hugged his clip board so I had a pretty good feeling it was going well. He did seem mardy only ever saying minimum instructions, but I think I liked it that way. Small talk could have been distracting! Until I stalled at a junction! I had NEVER stalled Pete's car before apart from when he made me stall just so I knew how to correct it! (Thanks Pete!) The clip board came down and I could tell he was marking something. I spent the next 10 minutes going over and over, "is stall a major or a minor?" Then before I knew it we were back at the centre. I'll be honest I can't believe how quickly it went! Pete was stood waiting for me and before No pass Paul could tell him how I'd done. I saw Pete bend down and mutter, brilliant just two minors! Paul then turned to Pete and was like "Shh I ain't told her yet" so by this point I had a huge smile on my face.
I then got the "I'm pleased to tell you Miss Squires you have passed"! EEEEEEEKKKKKKKKK
I can't explain how over the moon I am!
Since then I haven't stopped driving! I did my first school run Friday and it felt amazing not having to rely on my Mum or brother!
Then today I tackled my first time in a bigger town as we headed to Grimsby so Ben could take his theory test (which BTW he passed!) It's not going to be long until he's driving everywhere! I guess we'll be fighting over who's driving when he does pass.
We treated the kids to pancakes at McDonalds before heading home. I love freedom!!!
The rest of the day isn't even note worthy but cleaning but it's been a great week!