Charlie was excited to take part in the NAB kids at work holiday programme today. It was run by Camp Australia and was fantastic. They spent the morning doing art & craft and rehearsing for a little Christmas performance which they performed on stage for all the parents at lunchtime.
I then took him to lunch and we sat outside on the balcony on our level and Charlie counting the many cranes at work in Docklands. We then had a wander around in the sun.
The afternoon session involved more art & craft then an excursion to the park where they played cricket and other ball games. He had so much fun that as soon as we left he asked if he could come back next year.
He then visited my colleagues and happily helped himself to some snacks from the kitchen!!
Today was the last day of kinder for the year. I have mixed feelings as most of Charlie’s buddies are going off to school next year with only him and 2 others continuing in 2012. I guess we never really contemplated this scenario when he started 2 years ago, not appreciating the impact of being a year younger than his initial classmates. We’ve had our fair share of issues as a result so I’m looking forward to a fresh start next year.
Here is Charlie as they gathered together to sing some Christmas songs
Later this afternoon we had a picnic at school with Ella, it was the preps last proper get together with their grade 5 buddies and Ella loved it. She has been lucky with her buddy, Jess, who has really looked after her this year.
It was also lovely to see the kids present the teachers with beautiful bouquets to thank them for the fantastic job that they do!!
I can’t explain why but it’s taken a long time for me to start feeling christmassy this year. I will forever lay part of the problem to being in the wrong hemisphere….wrong temperature, light outside and most importantly lack of family to celebrate with. Still with the kids excitement mounting the feeling at home is fun!
Here are the kids having a Christmas picnic with Olivia & Sophie
Last night we had the annual Cowderoy locals Xmas party, great turn out and lovely to meet neighbours we otherwise never see. The kids had a ball.
Today saw the last day of kinder for the year (which will have its own post) so tomorrow Charlie is coming to work with me to take part in the NAB kids at work holiday programme. Fingers crossed he goes happily!
It seems that the silly season is definitely upon us and weekends are busy, busy, busy.
After school on Friday I took everyone to see the Christmas light show in Crown Casino….they were mesmerised. Ruby & Poppy danced along to the music, much to the amusement of those around us.
On Saturday we were delighted to attend Naomi’s Dedication. She is the youngest child of our friends George & Janice. The service was lovely with readings from both of her big brothers telling of their experiences since the family emigrated from Scotland to Australia six years ago. Here’s Naomi with Alan & I:
The kids spent most of the time vying for turns on the trampoline. Here is Charlie in action:
We then headed to Jill & Dave’s housewarming party. They recently moved to East Bentleigh so no longer a 10 minute stroll but a 30 minute drive to visit them. Lots of fun was had by all with the highlight for the kids being the bath!
They then snuggled down to watch a movie before we headed home.
Today Ruby & Poppy went to their first party without Ella & Charlie. They love George (little brother of Sascha who goes to kinder with Charlie) and had lots of fun.
This afternoon we decorated the tree which was delivered amidst yesterday’s busy schedule. Ella & Charlie put decorations on but it took Poppy a while to grasp that she couldn’t then take them off and move them around.
Everyone was exhausted tonight so it made bedtime a whole lot easier!