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November Happenings

We celebrated Older Daughter’s birthday last Friday, about a week early, as she was going to be away on her actual birthday.

That’s the Mango Cheesecake I made for her birthday.

The following day, we saw her off at the airport.

She is off to spend three weeks in Shanghai, China for an intensive program of Intermediate Chinese. This program is equivalent to one semester’s worth of study. Very exciting, indeed. After one year of Introductory Chinese at Monash, her Chinese is already better than mine!

Since Older Daughter is in China, she wasn’t able to be here for the Girls’ Brigade Presentation Night.

Younger Daughter received an award for Best Junior.

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Birthday Time Again

There are six people in our family and three of them have birthdays within 38 days (inclusive) of each other.

Today is our youngest’s birthday, which also happens to be my younger sister’s birthday. My daughter’s due date was October 31 and I fully expected her to be born a few days before that because all her siblings were born before their due dates. October would have been a good month, too, because then we would all each have our own birth month.

Older daughter was due 3rd December but made her appearance, with some urgency, on the 30th of November. Had she been born on her due date, she would have shared a birth month with her father. When younger daughter missed her due date, and continued to ‘bake’ for another six days, I was beginning to wonder if we had somehow miscalculated her Estimated Time of Arrival. Nope, not only did she want to share a birth month with her older sister, she had to share a birthday with my sister.

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21

The oldest Yewnique child has turned 21. In Australia, a person is legally an adult at age 18; yet, 21 is still seen as a major milestone.

We had a small party with extended family for his 18th, but had a bigger party for his 21st.

 

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15

The younger son turned 15 today. Fifteen!

Yesterday, I wondered what I should make for breakfast for him and was tossing up between French Toast and pancakes. I had also bought some crumpets that were on special from the supermarket.

“Do you prefer French Toast or pancakes?”

“Umm….pancakes…?”

Then I remembered his love for Nasi Lemak.

“Would you like Nasi Lemak for breakfast?” I asked.

“Is that even a question?”

Nasi Lemak

 

Lamb Vindaloo for dinner. Forgot to take a picture! It was very good!

Strawberry Cheesecake for dessert.

Strawberry Cheesecake

 

 

Little Athletics Presentation 2016/17 Season

This has been sitting in my Drafts folder for almost a month! Yikes!

As followers of my blog know, we have been involved with our local Little Athletics club for over ten years now. I put my older children in because I am not sporty in any way, shape, or form so I needed to outsource their physical education.

This season, Mark was once again the President of the club, and I was once again the Results Input person. Our older son served as a General Committee member and our older daughter helped out with entering the sprint results electronically.

Our younger son competed in the U15 age group. I think he only missed one week of competition when he was away at a Boys’ Brigade camp, so he had an almost perfect attendance. That, coupled with the fact that when he was present at Little Aths he competed in every single event, earned him the most points for his age group and he was awarded First Place for the U15 Boys.

Our younger daughter decided not to continue with Little Athletics, turning her time, energy, and focus instead to dancing. My husband predicted that the day would come when she would choose to give up Little Athletics but it was still a bittersweet moment for me. Several times over the season I asked whether she was sure, and each time she assured me she was. “No regrets?” I asked. “No regrets,” she said, firmly.

Benjamin is entitled to compete for another year as an U16; he may or may not continue this coming season, he’s not sure yet. Nevertheless, the rest of us have decided to step down from our various positions.

We’ve had a good experience with the club and, as Life Members, it is not good-bye. We will definitely be in touch and be kept in the know with the club’s events and happenings.

Chinese New Year 2017

Today is the last day of the year of the Monkey.

It’s been a year of many ups and downs.

In case you missed any of it:

Warning: Contains the ‘F’ word. It’s British.

If they had waited a couple of more weeks, they could have added George Michael, Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds onto the list. 😦

To mark the end of the Monkey and to usher in the Rooster, this is what we had:

Fish in Cheong Cheng Sauce

Fish in Cheong Cheng Sauce

Fried Noodles

Fried Noodles

Roast Duck (store bought)

Roast Duck (store bought)

Chinese Roast Pork (store bought)

Chinese Roast Pork (store bought)

Chinese BBQ Pork (Char Siew) -- I bought the mat and a packet of marinade powder (just add water and meat).

Chinese BBQ Pork (Char Siew) — I bought the meat and a packet of marinade powder (just add water and meat).

Top: Buk Choy with garlic and soy sauce Bottom: Chinese Broccoli with garlic and oyster sauce

Top: Buk Choy with garlic and soy sauce
Bottom: Chinese Broccoli with garlic and oyster sauce

Orange Cake

Orange Cake

Mark’s sister and husband, who just happen to be here for a couple of weeks joined us for dinner.

As per tradition, there was plenty of leftovers! And it all fit in the fridge — phew!

Happy Lunar New Year, everyone!

Home School 2017

Today is actually a public holiday since New Year’s Day fell on a Sunday. However, I cannot start school on a Tuesday. The curriculum we use has the weekly schedules all printed out nicely and I try to follow that. I know I don’t have to adhere to it strictly; if there are public holidays, or whatever, just move the work over to the next day. But doing that makes everything off-kilter and more difficult. We might end up finishing a book on a Monday, instead of Friday the week before, and start a new book on Tuesday, instead of Monday, which is the proper way to do things. So, over the years, my children have resigned themselves to doing school on a public holiday. Besides, they’ve been on holiday since November 12, so it’s been seven weeks, and that’s long enough.

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Happy New Year 2017

Time, I’ve been passing time
Watching trains go by
All of my life
Lying in my bed I hear the clock tick,
And think
To everything (turn, turn, turn)
There is a season (turn, turn, turn)
And a time to every purpose, under heaven.

Good bye, 2016!

Hello, 2017!

 

USA Trip

We had the opportunity to travel to the US earlier this month with Elizabeth’s dance school. Last November, the dance school put out a request to see how many people were interested in going to LA with the tour group company Dance Around the World.

From February onwards, every Saturday, sixteen dancers worked hard and learned  a 25-minute dance routine to perform at Disney California Adventure and Universal Studios City Walk. They also learned the choreography for the Disneyland Main Street Parade.

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Brigades’ Presentation 2016

The Boys’ Brigade and Girls’ Brigade had a joint end-of-year Presentation Night again this year.

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Although Miss 17 earned her Pioneer Pin last year, she only received the actual certificates and pin this year.

Miss Ten got Most Consistent Junior.

Most Consistent Junior

Master 14 got Boy of the Year.

Boy of the Year

 

 

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