It has been another good year for us here in
N celebrated his 5th birthday in February with a very spooky Halloween party. He loves the spooky side of Halloween but not the gory, scary stuff (not yet, anyway). We decorated the house, his friends dressed up and I made a very special haunted house cake. N dressed as an Evil Bleeding Mummy Pirate (who was not Evil and not Bleeding) and everyone had a really good time. Also in February we held our inaugural Australia Day party (I know it strictly should have been in January but sometimes you have to be flexible). I loved putting it all together and it really was a lot of fun. The house was decorated with as many Australian and
In April we spent 3 weeks in
When we got back from
We were very lucky to survive the layoffs that happened last year at the mine just before Christmas (about 25% of the workforce was made redundant). We are very grateful to have kept our jobs and to have the opportunity to stay in the
In late June we had a short visit from my Aunt Christine and her two friends from
N started school at the beginning of August. He is in Kindergarten with Miss Jones this year. N has lots of friends in his class and loves going to school. He is doing really well there. His reading and writing have improved out of sight and he is now starting to write simple sentences. He is well ahead of most of the children in his class and we are very proud. He is still determined to become a marine biologist and loves sharks just as much as ever. I’ve started teaching N the piano. Once a week we have Music Night where we do our piano lesson (usually about 15 minutes) then spend another 15 minutes or so doing another musical activity. The children don’t get any music education at school here so this is the alternative we have come up with. N is getting better at the piano – the hardest thing at 5 years of age is sitting still long enough to have a lesson! The success of Music Night has prompted Math Night, Reading Night (both of which Nathan insisted on), Creative Night, Movie Night and Cooking Night – plus my favourite, Night Off.
P is still doing aikido twice a week and recently passed his 3rd Kyu test – he is very dedicated and enjoys his aikido very much. In July I did my first triathlon with a few people that I work with. I came second-to-last but was in it for the personal challenge, not the competition. It was an incredibly rewarding experience and I definitely want to do it again next year. This summer N played tee ball and liked it so much that he wants to play baseball next year. He is going to play basketball this winter so we will see how he likes it. There are not a lot of organized activities in
The week of Thanksgiving (late November, for those of you playing at home) we had a holiday in
We are spending Christmas this year at the
We hope that wherever you are you have a safe and joyful Christmas and send you all our best wishes for a very happy and healthy 2010.