Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:4-7

03 February 2014

It's a wrap

School's back.   We've had another great summer although I must say I am very much liking how quiet it is here just at the moment.  Here are some of things we've done...

Celebrated Christmas wonderfully.  One of the best we've had, I think.
Enjoyed catching up with friends "home" for Christmas.  This included catching up with various missionary families home on deputation.  And in amongst the missionaries, farewelled a friend from church off for two years on missionary service.
Saw three movies with the boys.  Gone gone gone is the policy of one visit to the cinema each holiday.  And in between the kids' movies, I saw The Hobbit with my husband.
The boys had two weeks of swimming lessons.  That went well.
We went to the zoo.
I finished six books. There are still a couple on the go but will need to reign in the reading now against the commencement of normal life. 
At different times we caught the train into town and took in the museum, art gallery (kept our youngest amused by getting him to count how many paintings included animals and managed quite a good stroll through the galleries as a result) and the state library.
At the state library we enjoyed an exhibition of original art work from the illustrators of children's books - Alison Lester, Graeme Base, Moira Court, Kim Gamble and Terry Denton to name a few.  We were delighted to see our favourite page from Imagine by Alison Lester, a portrait of Tashi and a page from The Eleventh Hour on display - and the exhibition prompted a bit of use of the paint set in subsequent days.

This one is by Terry Denton
And every time we went into the city we also enjoyed the water maze.  This is too much fun and such a gift to the people of our city from the local council.

I turned 47.  And The Key to the Door turned 5.  I would have made mention of the blog's birthday, it being a bit of special one for blogs...
...but we were away on a wonderful week's holiday by the seaside. 
One seaside highlight was this 'aquapark" - so much inflatable fun. 
Too much screen time, not enough cleaning, the occasional afternoon nap, a few new recipes tried and tested and most recently, lots of new stationery labeled, bags packed and some slightly strange cookies (I wonder if they will notice that they were made with wholemeal flour) baked for lunchboxes and this morning, off they went, happy with their new teachers and looking forward to a new year ahead. 
And I will look forward to a new year ahead as well, once I've sat here in complete silence for just a little bit longer. 


Sarah said...

Oh happy birthday to The Key to the Door, and well done to you on 5 years of blogging.

Where did you go on your holidays? That aquapark looks fun.

Meredith said...

Thank you so much Sarah.
We holidayed in Busselton and the aquapark was right near the jetty. Lots of fun.