Wow! Where have the Last Ten Days Gone?

Well, here we are. It is already September and the childrens Auntie has been with us for ten days already. Where has the time gone!? We have really enjoyed having her stay with us and hope that she enjoyed being here too. Unfortunately we had a few days with rain and wild winds in between her stay, but thankfully we also managed to get a few days of sunshine.

So today is all about saying goodbye, until the next time!. So it’s another day at home, not doing much. Just watching another person pack their bag to head back home. I must admit, we love it when people come and stay with us, however we are very content to be living here, so we don’t get any ‘pangs’ of wanting to go back to Victoria, when they leave! A total win win situation for us – Even the children are happy to be here and content to remain on the ‘island’.

One Last Cuddle before you go Home - The Girls and Their Auntie.

One Last Cuddle before you go Home - The Girls and Their Auntie.

Wrapping up the year – with 2 weeks holiday.

Well as we all know Christmas is right upon us, so much so that we are starting to wind down for the week of Christmas. Our usual homeschooling activities will be put aside for a short while as we just ‘enjoy’ Christmas and New Year Week. In the coming weeks we will not be doing any formalised learning, so all the writing, spelling, journaling, maths, science art etc will be out the window and the children can just concentrate on having fun. We will (as any homeschooling family knows!) still be learning through a lot of fun and exciting activities over the next few weeks, so even though the children think they get a holiday, we all know different!

It is only the manner an emphasis on how they learn that will be altering this week, as each day and each experience is a learning one for all of us, so they will continue to learn and prosper even when they think they have having a vacation from school!

This past week has been a very interesting one. Since the start of December NIK has been very adamant and scared of the big red jolly man that many of us call Santa Claus or Father Christmas. So much so, that when I took the girls to have their picture taken with Santa Claus NIK flatly refused and hid behind my legs in order to avoid the event. JAHG however was happy to have per picture taken and along with Nanny, who was visiting at the time, she had her picture taken with Santa Claus and was very happy.

Fast forward to Yesterday, when NIK suddenly decided that ‘Santa not scary me no more mumma –  me have picture santa?!?’ JAHG and I said ‘what!’ and NIK repeated her request. Well as life has it the children where not dressed for the occasion as it was warm yesterday and I had given them a treat of a chocolate ice cream and in the warmer day it had melted quicker than NIK could eat hers, so she was covered from head to toe in Chocolate Ice Cream and not a pretty sight to be having her picture taken with Santa.

So I have promised her that we will go see Santa early next week and have her picture taken with him, she is now all very excited and each time she sees Santa around and about she has been asking for a ‘picture with you’, I am sure that Santa himself does not quite understand why a three year old would have to ask him for a picture with Santa when he would probably assume that most Mumma’s and Tata’s would take the children to see him to have the picture taken with Santa. So early on our agenda next week we will be going into NorthGate shopping centre and getting NIK’s picture taken with Santa, she wants JAHG and Nanny to be in the picture with her, but only JAHG will be, as poor Nanny had to go home to Victoria to be with Poppy, so is no longer here and able to join in.

Anyway apart from NIK now being ‘not scared’ of Santa, we have also managed to spend a few hours with Tata at his work Yesterday (Saturday). The children enjoyed this experience very much. We took him dinner as he was going to be at work until very late (as usual), and we wanted to let him know that we appreciated the hard work and effort he put into working so that we can enjoy homeschooling and life in general. JAHG asked a few questions about Tata’s work and why he was using different forms to do different tasks. At one stage the girls did some drawings for Tata so that he could keep them at work and be reminded of them. Kids can be so sweet.

Other things we did this week included our Christmas Party with Hamlet and our Lovely friends in Branxholm, the Bridgewater State Library Christmas Party, Josephine finished her Summer Reading Challenge, and we all have a fun week.

We will be all organised After Christmas and New Year to get Stuck into Our New year of Schooling. I am very much looking forward to the Challenge of teaching NIK to write and learn to recognise her alphabet and numbers by sight and hopefully with her numbers be able to recognise the words associated with them.

I also look forward to working with JAHG on her writing skills, which she enjoys and also her Maths as we want to build up her ability to multiply and use her times tables!

Here are some more picture of some fun things we have been doing in December!

Spirit of Tasmania – Selected Day Tickets just $99*

A great way to come and visit us is on the Spirit of Tasmania, and right now Day Tickets are available on selected day sailings for just $99* per person each way for travel between 17 January and 19 April 2009.

According to the Spirit of Tasmanian website

Day Tickets give you the freedom to move around the ship as you please without a seat allocation. Walk around the many outdoor areas or relax in the lounge while enjoying the scenery en route to Tasmania or Melbourne.

Please note, day sailings operate every Saturday and Sunday between 17 January and 19 April 2009 and also on the following weekdays: 29 and 30 January 2009; 2 Feburary 2009; 9, 10, 13 and 14 April 2009.

When we first moved to Tasmania in April this year, we came across on a day sailing. It was just awesome and even with NAT who was 2 years old and JAHG 7, there was more than enough happening around the boat to keep us all occupied. A very different and wonderful experience is enjoyed on a day sailing to the traditional night sail.

An experience I think everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy.

For more information or to book your tickets visit the Spirit of Tasmania Website.