Fixit has been made permanent at the Rehab Equipment Hire place. He initially applied for a warehouse packer/delivery driver position but his skills and talents were recognised and he was eventually hired as the Warehouse Manager. He works long, physically demanding hours in a hot dusty shed, but seems reasonably content. This is a shot of him celebrating his birthday this year, we had a deluxe dinner of sushi, garlic prawns and Peking duck pancakes, and he was very impressed.
Cherub graduated to a full-size bike. It is my old mountain-bike with a more masculine set of handlebars.
Cherub's school had another fete. I made more bunnies for the craft stall, and some cupcakes for the cake stall which suffered somewhat by being transported to the fete in the basket of my bicycle. I worked pretty much the whole day on the Champagne/Strawberries and Cream stall so didn't really get to wander round much. It was a good day though.
My sister was diagnosed with tongue cancer. She has had the lump removed and had 6 weeks of radiation to make sure. It's been hard for her, but she's been brave and positive throughout. Her recovery starts now.
During the school holidays my Dad and I rented a house on Phillip Island for a week and took my kids and Bron's kids with us, and while we were there we celebrated Cherub's 11th birthday. We did a bit of rock and tree climbing too, and some maze-running.
We also visited an a native animal park, where we patted kangaroos and tried to avoid the stroppy emus.
We helped Bron move into a better house, and I cooked lots of soup for her. Not that she was able to eat much of it before her mouth got too sore, but you do what you can.
We went to the Royal Melbourne Show with friends, and the kids had a great time as usual. Patting baby animals, trying out rides, inspecting yarn-bombed items and getting a showbag. Fun.
The boys finished off their soccer seasons, and Cherub was awarded Best and Fairest Player in his U11 team.
We took Cherub to see The Dream by Bell Shakespeare (Climber was off camping with a friend and a whole host of mosquitoes at French Island) The production was an adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream using only 6 cast members. It was clever and fun, although not as fantastic as some previous Bell Shakespeare plays I've seen. But you know, gave my kid some culture.
And we took both boys to their first comedy gig. We started them with a master, the brilliant Bill Bailey, and the kids loved it. It was really fun taking them to see this, sharing with them something we love and seeing them love it too.
Both kids received excellent reports, and Climber received an A for his flute exam. He also performed a short flute solo as part of Junior Stage Band. It was beautiful.
I missed out on September Craft Camp, but got to sneak off for a night to enjoy a girly-getaway to a deluxe spa resort with Jen and Astrid.
Climber went away on Year 8 camp. He had a very good time, possibly too good a time... (don't ask)
Fixit wasn't granted any holidays over the Christmas January period (grr) but was given a week in early December. It was nice to spend time with him again, and he certainly needed the rest and recharge..
And summer is on its way, which means we see much less of Basil. So I grabbed a picture while I could, with the portable air conditioner which will soon be working hard as the hot months arrive.
So that is us pretty much up-to-date, although I need to report back on my end-of-year concerts too. Still waiting on a bit of footage and some time to piece it all together.
In the meantime, I'm quite glad to see the back of 2014, what with the various familial health scares and the job stuff with Fixit. I hope that next year brings health and stability and fun, and wish anyone that still reads here love and happiness for the new year.