When we left Germany more than 2 years ago Marcus stumbled over this Flag Pole for 20Eur in Lidl and finally we had some time to put it in:
Hello family and friends,
it is this time of the year again and this year we’ll just give you a little summary of what we were up to 🙂
Before we start – we wish you all a blessed and merry Christmas and a good slide into the new year 2017. We’ve been waiting for the school holidays as Marcus’s Mum and brother will arrive in less than a couple of weeks and we’ll all have a great break after a very busy 2016.
The beginning of last year we celebrated in Sydney. We stayed at Alexis’s house for almost two weeks and enjoyed the views & some of NSWs nice beaches.
In March – Marcus was alone at home with 4 kids – as Claudia and Max went to a St. John’s camp:
Marcus also got a new bike in March 😉 – new motorbike
In April the busy sports season started – man – Niclas had sometimes 4 games per weekend and training every day during the week. Vicki did Netball & dancing and Max also played football. Together with the music lessons they are getting after school this almost brought us over the edge. But after all – the kids love it…
In June we finally got to have a few days off and we went up north:
This was followed by another busy season and bam – 10 more weeks past and we went up to cable bay again:
At the end of October – Claudia stopped working with Porse as she found a great job as a day care centre chef close by. That though meant that everyone got even busier as she’s now working everyday from 10 – 2pm – but she’s had a great impact there already after only 6 weeks and loves it being back at work.
And finally a listing of all the concerts and shows our kids were doing this year:
Let’s hope next year is not as busy for all of us 😉
After about 6 months of Jazz Dance classes – Victoria had her first show together with her school friends Isla and Lucy.
Here a couple of videos from the show – first video she’s in the last row on the left
second video she’s in the middle of the group:
On the way we went to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds were we went on a guided tour. The local Maori guide showed us all around we saw a big Waka and the house where the treaty was negotiated and the best was at the end – a real Maori show with a welcoming ceremony (which was dangerous as the Maori’s wanted to see if we want to fight them) a Haka and lot’s of singing and dancing.
Then we went on a big drive (1 hour) we were so surprised when we arrived after a little while only.
The day after we went to the beach and we had a day on the beach while unfortunately Mum & Luke wer sick – at the beach we were building a dam at a little river and a boy with his body-board helped us to build it by putting the sand on that.
The next day we went to my friend Laura and we went to a mud field and we had to go bare-feet in the mud and then we had to go and wash my feet. Laura and I then made a play-world out of palms and plants that we called Flip Flop Wonderland.
The last full day of our holidays, Mum and Luke were finally feeling a little bit better and we went to a nice beach where we spent half the day at a really nice beach with lots of little islands in the bay where we played in the sand.
On Sunday we went back home and had a nice lunch in the flying Moa restaurant.
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