We took the opportunity to take a whole family photo. This is my parents, my sister and her family, my brother and his family and our family.

Family lunch to celebrate Dad's birthday

My dad takes his grandkids out on a drive each time we visit (My grandad used to do the same).

Girls morning down town - time for a bit of shopping and a coffee (My mum, sister and me)

How nice it is to be back home.  We had a great holiday – full of activity and people.  A highlight for us was to be able to spend time with my family – time enough to sit and talk and get to know each other more.    The kids and I had two days of doing nothing much in Darwin while we waited for Pete to catch up with us (he had detoured on the way home to catch a Vet Workshop in Sydney).

Being  on holidays, in different situations, with different people gave me plenty of opportunity to see things in my children’s hearts and skill-set that I want to work on in the coming months.  Whenever I see these ‘glaring’ issues (they seem glaring to me!) I try and take a pause instead of just jumping into my child’s life – I take a pause and consider what is the real issue instead of just correcting an action, and I consider the best way to address it.   I’m still working on this process for these concerns.  I remember saying to a mum one day “be glad your kids acted that way – now you have something to work on!”  And it is true, we need to be thankful that we can see the things we can help our kids with and that we have the opportunity to help them grow.

As I have mentioned before  I organise our year in seasons (read blog post about 2012’s seasons) – each season is a defined block of time with a defined purpose.  The month of February is set aside for some family projects (we may get a little study done but it won’t be our primary focus.)  Next week we start painting and tizzying-up our bathroom.  There, now it is out there in cyberspace consider it a commitment!    We’ve been trying to get it done for months.

There are some habits that we will be working on as well over the next few weeks:

  1.  Morning Routines.  From 6.00am to 8.00am we all need to get dressed, make our beds, exercise, have our quiet time, breakfast and chores.  No computers after 6.00 unless all that is done.
  2. Reading hour after lunch.  Our plan is to lunch at 12.30, do chores at 1.00, and then all sit to read at 1.30 for an hour.    This will be a time for us all to read our reading list books and to journal as we go.  Daniel may not last for 1 hour – we’ll see.
  3. Managing Facebook.  Over the last few months my girls have joined facebook.  With four people in the home on FB it becomes more obvious how much time is spent there.  We are working on finding an appropriate amount of time, and the best time to be online.  We want our children to enjoy friendships and yet we don’t want friends to take over their hearts.  See previous blog post
  4. Start our next family read aloud – we’ve dropped this over the last few months and I’m missing it.  We’ll be reading Zarafa

So though we aren’t studying at the moment there will be plenty to learn and do that is for sure.

 

 

 

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