Our family has embarked on virtual travels to various countries and regions. To explore these countries and their cultures, we have followed along with the festivals, cooked and eaten traditional foods, learned of traditional handicrafts with hands on exploration, along with many activities to immerse ourselves. Chronicled here are some of these activities.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Our Weekend in a Nutshell

We didn't get out much this weekend - the girls, especially Pea, were laden with homework and Hubby had to work on Saturday. It feels like this past school year has seen a real increase in homework, and decrease in family time - I am very much looking forward to summer vacation! The girls did have a fair few options of beverages to enjoy while working away :)

Saturday night, Elle headed to a friends house for a sleepover (that took her the entire next day to recuperate from) while Pea and I went to a choral concert my mother participates in. This is her second concert, and I have absolutely loved them both - this is such an energetic, fun, heartfelt choir that sings such a variety of songs, from local, to aboriginal, to multicultural. The energy and loving-kindness radiates as they sing and the audience is encouraged to join in with some songs. I love that these concerts bring Pea out of her shell, even if just a little. Halfway through, she reached over and held my hand, with strangers seated next to her. This is a rare public display of affection and anyone with a teen can attest to the need to cherish any form of affection from a teenager! Shunning, blank stares and eye rolling are more of the norm :)

Sunday was father's day, and after a very long week at work, Hubby just wanted to stay in with his family and watch tv. Despite the big breakfast, bbq tool and cards, I think my best gift to him was the rare occasion of acceptance on my part: not complaining of having the tv on, not asking to turn the volume down during the commercials, and most importantly, not insisting he change the channel to something more interesting! I guess I can pull that off, if only for one day a year :)


  1. Hooray for teenage displays of affection! T when he turned 11 informed me that whilst I could cuddle him as much as I wanted in the home could I not do it in front of people! I was devastated, my little boy was growing up. Thank fully he still loves a cuddle at home.

    1. I know - it's still a learning curve for me even if it's years in - sometimes feels like handling a wild animal! Remain calm and still, let them approach you, feel safe, and then yay! a bit of affection :) And I know we are closer than most, and that she is much more affectionate than the majority of teens - certainly more than I was!

  2. Sounds like something Jeff might want to do for Father's Day, just sit and relax.

    1. I do a lot more relaxing during the week than he gets a chance to, so weekends make for opposing ideas of how to spend time - since the weather's improved, I want to get out with the kids, and he wants to stay in.


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