Category Archives: Celebrations

Stupendous Sunday: Happy 13th Birthday

I am now the parent of three teenagers! The days are long but the years are short.

Birthday Boy

Birthday Boy

 

 

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Easter 2015

I’m going to keep this short and sweet because Jeremy wanted to keep it low-key. For about six weeks, he had meetings with our pastor. At first, I took him to the church thinking these meetings were about getting involved with helping out at Kids’ Church. (He mentioned something about telling the pastor that he helps out at Little Athletics and already has a Working With Children card.) After a couple of weeks of taking him, I finally asked, “What are these meetings about?” He replied, “I’m getting baptised.”

The Plan was to have meetings with the pastor and get baptised on Easter Sunday. It all happened quickly and we didn’t have time to plan anything special.

Here is what you missed.

Happy Pi Day 2015

A once-in-a-lifetime event: March 14, ’15 9.26.53

I ought to be congratulated because this is the first time EVER I remembered to do something for Pi Day!

Shepherd's Pie

Shepherd’s Pie

 

Chocolate Cream Pie for dessert

Chocolate Cream Pie for dessert

 

Happy Chinese New Year 2015

Today is the eve of the Lunar New Year and that means it is time for the Big Family Reunion Dinner. Mark and Jeremy were scheduled to go to a Little Athletics meeting tonight. Tomorrow night there is going to be a Twilight for Little Aths. Friday night the children have Youth Group and I have choir practice. It was beginning to look like our Reunion Dinner wasn’t going to happen.

Last year, Chinese New Year Eve fell on Thursday which also happened to coincide with a Twilight as well. I managed to whip up something last year.

On Monday, the guys learned that the committee meeting had to be rescheduled. This meant that CNY Dinner could go ahead!

 

Clockwise from top: Chinese Broccoli (kailan) with oyster sauce; Asparagus with Prawns; Prawn Crackers; Cabbage, Carrots, Glass Vermicelli Stir-Fry; BBQ Pork (Char Siew); Roast Pork (Siew Yoke); Roast Duck; Szechuan Eggplant and Tofu.

Centre: Fish with Cheong Cheng Sauce

Looking Back at 2014

Here are some of the highlights of 2014 for our family:

Jeremy:

  • Became legally an adult
  • Started volunteer work as Equipment Manager at Little Athletics
  • Voted for the first time
  • Completed Year 12
  • Completed 120 hours of driving

Susannah:

  • Awarded 3rd place overall for her age group at Little Athletics
  • Received 3rd prize in a Short Story Competition
  • Awarded “Most Consistent Pioneer” in Girls’ Brigade
  • Completed Year 11
  • Got her Learner’s Permit

Benjamin:

  • Awarded 4th place overall for his age group at Little Athletics
  • Awarded 100% Participation at Little Athletics
  • Awarded “Rookie of the Year” at Boys’ Brigade

Elizabeth:

  • Voted Student of the Month at her dance school
  • Awarded 2nd place overall for her age group and 100% Participation at Little Athletics
  • Performed in her dance school’s Off to See the Wizard theatre production
  • Presented with the Encouragement Award at her dance school
  • Awarded “Most Consistent Cadet” at Girls’ Brigade
  • Performed with her dance school at a Carols by Candlelight event

Wishing all my readers a happy 2015!

Sweet 16

Older daughter turned 16 today.

She is turning into a very fine young woman.

Birth story here.

 

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Her birthday coincided with the Open Day at our Little Athletics Club, an almost whole-day affair with events running from 10am to 4pm. With the rest of the family involved in one way or another, we were obligated to spend the day at the Club helping out in various capacities. Although she is no longer an athlete (by choice), she still came and helped sort out Results Sheets (a HUGE job!) It was a scorching hot day, 34C (93.2F) and I was glad to sit away from the heat entering results.

No party for the Miss. Not even a special dinner or cake.

A simple take-away of various rice and noodles.

A simple take-away of various rice and noodles.

Her choice? Malaysian take-away dinner. The best cuisine in the world. Yes, I raised her right and we’re biased. 🙂

Awards

Winner of the Encouragement Award at her dance school. The school gives out fewer than ten awards in total a the Annual Show and Presentation. For a school that has over 200 students, this is quite an achievement.

Winner of the Encouragement Award at her dance school.

The school gives out fewer than ten awards in total at the Annual Show and Presentation. So, for a school that has over 200 students, this is quite an achievement. This year, the school awarded two students Encouragement Awards, and Miss Eight is one of them. The trophy is hers to keep and she will have the perpetual shield for half a year.

This year, the Brigades had a joint Presentation Ceremony.

Girls' Brigade Most Consistent Cadet 2014

Girls’ Brigade Most Consistent Cadet 2014

This is her final year as a Cadet. Next year, she will be a Junior.

Girls' Brigade Most Consistent Pioneer 2014

Girls’ Brigade Most Consistent Pioneer 2014

Boys' Brigade Rookie of the Year 2014 Awarded to the best first-year Senior Section Boy The award is in memory of a boy who was killed after his first year at Boys' Brigade

Boys’ Brigade Rookie of the Year 2014
Awarded to the best first-year Senior Section Boy
The award is in memory of a boy who was killed after his first year at Boys’ Brigade.

Older son also won Rookie of the Year during his time. So both our sons’ names are on the shield.

Eight Years Old

The youngest member of the Yewnique household is now eight years old.

November 2014 006November 2014 022A VERY happy girl, indeed!

She finished the Treehouse books in one day.

Halloween 2014

I’ve been slack with this blog. Apologies to my followers – True Followers, not just Subscribers, ie about, oh, three of you, with a standard deviation of three.

So, what’s been happening in the Yewnique household lately?

Well, Halloween has been and gone. I blogged about our experience last year here. This year, again, Miss Seven did not want to go out, but was happy to help hand out candy. This year I bought a bag of Milky Way, because, it claims not to ruin the appetite, so I felt I could hand them out without a guilty conscience. The first group of Trick-or-Treaters rang the doorbell at around 7pm or so. The daylight hours are getting longer now, so it was still light and the weather was good, so I was expecting more than the dozen we had last year.

The older three had Youth Group (a concept which has its origins in secular, humanistic, and evolutionary – not to mention sinful – thinking, according to some), and I had to leave the action for a while. While driving, I noticed several groups of T-or-T’ers walking around and I worried that the Milky Way wouldn’t be enough.  So, after dropping them off, I popped into the supermarket and bought some more candy.

I needn’t have bothered.

We only got a total of NINE visitors this year. Three down from last year.

The costumes were a bit more varied this year. Still mostly witches and ghouls, but we had a bumblebee and while driving I saw a Spiderman. No Frozen characters. I think the idea that Halloween costumes don’t have to be ‘scary’ hasn’t quite made it here. All the stores that sell Halloween costumes feature ‘scary’ costumes. Even the Discount Store had Halloween-themed items in front, while the year-long stock of ‘normal’ dress-up costumes were in the back.

Hope you had a Happy Halloween wherever you are!

No Cake For You!

A few days ago, I came across an article about a Christian couple in Oregon who run a bakery. A lesbian couple ordered a wedding cake from them and the couple refused, because it violated their beliefs. As a result of this refusal, the lesbian couple decided to sue.

You can read more about it here.

Melissa posted a message that said they were vowing to stand firm in their faith. It read, in part:

“To all of you that have been praying for Aaron and I, I want to say thank you. I know that your prayers are being heard. I feel such a peace with all of this that is going on. Even though there are days that are hard and times of struggle we still feel that the Lord is in this. It is His fight and our situation is in His hands. … Please continue to pray for our family. God is great, amazing and all powerful. I know He has a plan.”

The Grammar Nazi in me feels it necessary to point out that it is incorrect to say “To all of you that have been praying for Aaron and I…” It needs to be, “To all of you that have been praying for Aaron and me….”

Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way…

The article points out various instances where businesses were compelled to serve customers whose lifestyles are in violation of the business owners’ religious, ie Christian, beliefs.

Aaron Klein, the bakery owner, said that he and his wife will not back down from their Christian beliefs.

“There’s nothing wrong with what we believe,” he says. “It’s a biblical point of view. It’s my faith. It’s my religion.”

Okay, let’s talk about that.

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