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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.

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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Little Athletics Presentation 2016

This happened last month, but I am only now writing about it.

We have been involved with this club for over ten years now. What started out as a way to ‘outsource’ Physical Education for our home-schooled children has turned out to be a full-on family commitment.

Mark is the President, and no, that does not make me the First Lady.

I am the Results Coordinator Manager. I collect all the results sheets at the end of the day’s events and enter them into the system.

Older son Jeremy served as the Chief of Officials.

Older daughter Susannah helped out at the track field, zapping athletes’ barcodes and aligning that with their track results.

Younger son Benjamin completed his ninth year of little athletics and because he went every single week bar one (he was away at a Boys’ Brigade camp that weekend) and took part in every single event, he managed to rack up enough points to get First Place!

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Younger daughter Elizabeth received her Five-Year Award. As an U9 athlete, she is one of the youngest recipients of the award.

Little Aths Presentation

She also attended every week bar one (Girls’ Brigade camp) and competed in every event, but did not collect enough points to get a placing.

Elizabeth LA Presentation

Our Saturday mornings are now a lot quieter and less rushed, that is, until October when the season starts up again!

 

November 2015

November is always a busy month for the Yewnique household.

The youngest turned nine. This is the one who was supposed to be born in October, but decided to wait and wait for almost a week, so that not only would she share a birthday month with her older sister, but also share a birthday with my sister, her aunt.

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Miss Nine performed in her dance school’s annual performance and also had the honour and privilege of being a student helper for the Mini Stars’ dance items. All in all she was in seven items: four with her class (ballet, jazz, tap, musical theatre) and three as a helper (ballet, jazz, tap).

We attended the wedding of Mark’s cousin. The bride is a South African of Indian descent and there was an elaborate week-long string of celebrations. Here we are at the Mandap ceremony which kicked off the week.

At the Mandap Ceremony

 

The younger two finished up their home school for the year. Did they finish ALL their assigned work? No…. As the song says, Let it go, let it go….

The Boys’ Brigade and the Girls’ Brigade had their Annual Presentation.

Pioneer Pin

Susannah received her Pioneer Pin, which is the highest national award for Girls’ Brigade.

Queens Badge

Jeremy received the Queen’s Badge, which is the highest award for Boys’ Brigade.

Queen's Badge

 

And finally, last but certainly not least, Susannah had her birthday. This is the one who was supposed to be born in December, and therefore share a birth month with her father, but decided to be born early and have her own birth month thankyouverymuch . . . that is, until her younger sister was born eight years later.

Susannah's 17th

 

44

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.

Nick Vujicic

Nick Vujicic

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20 Years

Twenty years ago, two very young people were joined in marriage.

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