July found us FINALLY catching up with our munchkins in Dubbo as well as going to the drive-ins with Suzy & the munchkins to watch Dispicable Me 2, Walking with Dinosaurs, a visit to the museum, finding a great park in Silverwater and some fun yardwork with the dingo :)
August was fairly quiet. Tori had class assembly, bookweek, education week and an excursion to Muru Mittigar. We also took a trip into Sydney to check out White Bay.
September was FABULOUS. We got to take our first cruise and it was to the South Pacific. We had 7 stops in 3 countries- New Caledonia, Vanuatu and Fiji. We discovered a mutual love of snorkeling and spent a LOT of time in the ocean. It was absolutely glorious and can't wait for our next one. Tori got to spend her birthday at a resort in Suva, Fiji :)
November- this month found us Whale Watching for the first time. A few school activites with Class assembly, Talent Quest and Christmas Carols. Brooke & I took Shelby on the 2 bridges walk and Kym celebrated his birthday.
December, as always, was a busy month. School activities were an excursion to The Rocks, school disco, Presentation night and Tori also received a Silver Award. Christmas activities included Mischief coming to visit, touring the Christmas Lights in various suburbs, RSL Xmas party and of course Xmas dinner with the family. Wet'n'Wild opened in Sydney and we got season passes and we finished out the year with a bang wathing the fireworks at Panthers.
2013 brought me lots of things... the joy of my first overseas flight & first cruise, the pain of losing 2 friends, the heartache of losing my grandfather which was bittersweet as it brought the elation of reuniting with my son and his family. We have had additions to the family and the realisation that some family is lost. Happiness at my sons engagement and sadness at my daughters broken heart. Today, this moment, all is well with me and my loved ones and I hope that carries on through 2014 & beyond. This years set to be a big one with my 25th wedding anniversary and my 30th school reunion