Category Archives: Celebrations
Gosh, wasn’t it just last year I turned 40? I’m sure it is! I’m still doing a double take when I do surveys and have to choose the “40-44 years old” category.
Thanks to Facebook and friends, I found out that Nick Vujicic was going to be speaking at a church today — 4pm and 6pm. Miss Eight’s dance class finished at 3.05pm, so I made the decision to go straight after her class. This meant that we ALL had to go to the dance school and wait, and that we’d get to the church more than half an hour early.
As it turns out, that was a good decision because the carpark was already very rapidly filling up by the time we got there. This is the church I attended when I was a university student more than twenty years ago, but a LOT has changed since then, least of all its name! We finally made it to the main auditorium and managed to find seats for five of us (our oldest had another activity to attend). By 3.40pm, they said that the auditorium was full, and the “Overfill Room” was also full. People could either choose to stand along the walls, or come back for the 6pm service.
Twenty years ago, two very young people were joined in marriage.
I am now the parent of three teenagers! The days are long but the years are short.
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.
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!
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
Here are some of the highlights of 2014 for our family:
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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!
Older daughter turned 16 today.
She is turning into a very fine young woman.
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.
Her choice? Malaysian take-away dinner. The best cuisine in the world. Yes, I raised her right and we’re biased. 🙂
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.
This is her final year as a Cadet. Next year, she will be a Junior.
Older son also won Rookie of the Year during his time. So both our sons’ names are on the shield.