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Happy 14th Birthday!

The younger son is now 14! He has grown about 7 cm (almost 3 in.) in one year and is taller than his two older siblings.

Birthday Boy

Birthday Boy


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



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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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. 🙂

Eight Years Old

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

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She finished the Treehouse books in one day.

Geeky Birthday Boy

Pandan Layer Cake My very first attempt EVER at making this cake.

Pandan Layer Cake
My very first attempt EVER at making this cake.

Benjamin's 12th Birthday

He didn’t want individual candles; and he didn’t want a big candle to represent the ten and little candles to represent the ones; and we didn’t have the right Number Candle for his age.  But what we did have, he was able to improvise and come up with a solution.

There are only 10 kinds of people.  I know which kind we are! 😀



The oldest child turned 15 today.

We had a small do.  Our family of six outnumbered the guests, that’s how small it was.  And only one of them was someone close in age; the rest of the guests were all adults.

Birthday cake was chocolate brownies.  With chocolate icing.  He likes chocolate.

Funny, but I don’t feel 15 years older.



My birthday isn’t until Monday, but I had a party on Saturday with about 40 guests.  It was Open House all day and guests arrived and left as it suited them.  The weather was as good as good could be for Melbourne winter!

40th Birthday Cake

Birthday Cake and Cupcakes

Thank you to all my friends who came and helped me celebrate.  Thank you for all your wishes and presents.  I hope you had a good time.

For those who weren’t here, I’m sorry you could not make it.

Happy Birthday, David Suchet!

David Suchet is probably best known for his portrayal of Hercule Poirot in the British TV series Agatha Christie’s Poirot.

I think Mr Suchet is Poirot.

Another year older.

I am now 39 years old.  Or, 27 in hexadecimal.  😉

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