We have a crowded house for a week as from last night onwards, Tracey's mother and Sister along with cousins Liam and Charlotte have arrived from New Zealand for a weeks visit and are staying with us. We have moved some sleeping arrangements around and Emily is in the lounge while Nana and Aunty are in Emily's room. Liam and Mathew are sharing a bedroom along with Charlotte and Lauren. They where all very excited last night and would no go to sleep until late, Then they where all up again very early to a grumpy daddy. Tracey and Aunty went for a walk and they both apparently moaned all the way around the circuit. I have made breakfast and all has settled down off to a another cold but sunny day.
Today Mathew and I graded to blue belt in GKR Karate, Along with friends the Carter's we set off at 8:45 am and didn't finish until 1:00 pm. After our grading we went out to lunch to reflect upon our achievement and success today. This brings us up to 5th Kyu ranking. I am very proud of Mathew for this achievement as it means allot to us, I wish to thank my friend Sempai Tony and both Sensei Leighanne and Sensei Ben. We had a good day and pushed hard as both Mathew and I have got the flu/colds but now am feeling worn out.
I have some photos in the gallery here.
Emily made the school talent quest finals on Thursday night, Emily sang "People help the People" by Birdy. At the start the microphone failed and the teacher had to come on and replace it with another then Emily carried on and finished the song. Tracey and I where very proud of her and clapped when she received her certificate. It was a big achievement for Emily as she would not have done this one year ago. Their has been some discussion in the house as to where the talent comes from Tracey of course said "it comes from my side of the family". She won the group ensemble certificate to the right. I have some photos in the gallery here and a video in the video gallery here. (remember the videos are large and you will need high speed internet to view)
A very proud parent Andrew Frater.