Busy busy busy – – –   Thursday started with a Reading Journal session (which we ended up cancelling for Friday as everything was cramming in on us).  I asked the kids if they could tell me something they had learnt during our read aloud time.  Answers were a little vague so whether that was tiredness setting in or maybe they just aren’t seeing what they are learning.  We will continue this daily workshop again next week.

Shopping day on Thursday and with the birthday party coming up on Friday that meant extra items.  Jess had a music practice as she is playing at Church again on Sunday. 

We went to the airport to say goodbye to our NZ friend.  As it is with good friends we picked up where we left off and had a great visit.

Late Thursday afternoon I visited with a neighbour who had boxes and boxes of books that she couldn’t bring herself to throw away (another book lover!) so I rummaged through there and brought home a good selection of very old books which the kids immediately pounced on.

Our Friday was all about Daniel’s birthday party.  We had cake to bake and decorate, a room to decorate and games to prepare.  It was all done by 3.00pm when our little guests started to arrive.  Jess organised the party – from the invitations, to the shopping list, games and decorations.  The others helped her and she made use of their individual talents, such as Nomi painting a rocket for everyone to have their photo taken.

Daniel said he had the best of times, and we hope his guests did too.  After the cake the mums retired to the kitchen for a cuppa and left Jess to it.  She finds 6-10boys hard to handle so was glad of Uncle P. who was around to help.  After all the games they headed outside for a treasure hunt for the "Milky Way".  Uncle P then incited at water fight – so everyone went home wet.  Our parties always seem to end this way – planned or not!  I guess water is a must up here in the tropics!

Daniel and his "sun" and "moon" cakes

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