Wednesday, December 2, 2015

December Status Report

The tree is up, the advent boxes are out and Christmas season has started in earnest.   Love it.   However looking at the number of tree decorations we already have, I may have to curb my guilty pleasure of buying more decorations each year and sets for the kids in the future!

End of primary school is nigh.  Mr 12 is counting down the days to the end of his primary school years.  He had a transition visit to his high school yesterday and enjoyed it, so is looking forward even more to next year.   I think the lure of a laptop is also driving the excitement a little.     

Finished a major project.  The Bayeux tapestry (a version of it!).  Purchased in Bayeux, France in January 2001.  15 years later I have finally finished it and it is now framed and on the wall.    I am very much enjoying looking at it regularly.

Have managed to make some decisions regarding next year.   We will continue to do the marriage courses (4 in total), some seminars (marriage and parenting), help with AFES wives conference, and I am looking into some study options.  I am planning to have Term 1 a bit quieter, as I have no idea what the transition to high school looks like for me or Mr 12, so it seems wise to keep some more time free.

Pondering the evocative power of music.   Music certainly can bring back memories.  I have had two strong reactions to music that I recall (not including Christian music – there have been a few of those as well!)  First was in 2001, at EuroDisney.   We were waiting to see the Main Street Parade and the music started up, and I was drawn back to happy memories of my childhood visiting Disneyland and Disneyworld and the fun and joy that those times were.    Husband was somewhat startled to discover me weeping in response.

It happened again last week at the movies as the Star Wars music started up, leading into the preview for The Force Awakens.   My sister and I spent hours as kids watching episodes 4, 5, & 6 and I can probably recite all the dialogue.   More happy memories awakened by great music.  I am very much looking forward to seeing the new movie, let’s hope it lives up to the hype!

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