I was incredibly blessed to meet Matt & Cora 2+ years ago when Joshua was alive. Our paths crossed occasionally, but it wasn't until just 2 months ago that we got the friendship ball rolling.
Two months ago Matt - Cora's Matt, yes this does get confusing because we both refer to Daddy Matt and Uncle Matt with the kids - was speaking on the DTS. Matt D asked me if I had Oceana in preschool and I hesitated. I often do hesitate because it's really the norm to have your 3 and 4 year olds in preschool. So normal, in fact, that I don't know a Kiwi who doesn't have their 3 or 4 year old in preschool. (It's government subsidized, 20 free hours, which is part of the reason its so popular).
But I spoke up and said that since I was seriously considering homeschool Oceana, I didn't see the point in sending her to preschool (we call it Kindy here). The conversation quickly took a turn I had not expected, and he told me Cora wanted to homeschool Keana (also just turned 4), but didn't have a lot of support to that end.
Cora and I caught up to have a chat about homeschooling and kindergarten and everything else under the sun just a few weeks ago.
And the result? Keana , Oceana , Eva , and Naomi  have two mornings a week together as a playgroup. We switch homes - Tuesday is our day, Friday is theirs - and the respective Momma is in charge of organizing her morning. We're not going nuts with the structure, but we are setting up a rhythm to the morning to help things run smoothly. And anyways, kids (like it or not - I'm so unstructured!) thrive on routine. :) Tuesdays they take Oceana home to play (and the offer to keep Naomi is there if I need the time) and on Fridays we take Keana home to play (giving them time off, since Eva already has a sitter Friday afternoons).
So, check it out - the first of many playdate tea parties:I'm very excited about this. It's awesome! And the girls roll along like the best of friends! Yay!