Well we've had a busy Christmas/ New Year season as expected, though not as busy as last year. Arden turned five at the beginning of the holidays, and we had a lovely family dinner to celebrate.
The Perth Christmas pageant was on 15th December, and Willow managed to walk the whole way on stilts, which was quite a feat given that she'd only got the hang of them a couple of weeks before. (The walk in the pageant was 6km!) The pageant was at night this year, and I thought it was much nicer than being at a daytime pageant, where it frequently ends up being far too hot.
Damien had a couple of weeks off over Christmas, so we went on a few outings, that we'd been meaning to do for a while. The first one was an outing to Hilarys to visit AQWA, and have a swim. The underwater walkway, was liked by all, except the moving floor made Willow, Gabriel and Damien feel a bit ill. We also finally got to Perth Zoo (everyone loved the giraffes, zebras, and orangutans), and Damien took Willow and Gabriel out sailing on the Swan River again.
We also are celebrating Willow's 13th birthday today. We've spent a fairly quiet day at home, but will be having an afternoon tea out at Koko Black later in the week.
I've got my homeschool stuff planned for the year, I did most of it before Christmas, and it was nice just to be able to set it aside and forget about it. Our plan is to start in Feb this year, with some part time school, as we're expecting baby no. 4 in June. I'm also going to do class 1 part time with Arden this year, to cover the govt requirements for pre-primary. I'd prefer to wait til he's but given timing and how interested he is in learning to read, I feel quite ok about doing class 1 over this year and next.