kate5kiwis: the eleventh day of Christmas


“If you were all alone in the universe with no one to talk to, no one with which to share the beauty of the stars, to laugh with, to touch, what would be your purpose in life? It is other life, it is love, which gives your life meaning. This is harmony. We must discover the joy of each other, the joy of challenge, the joy of growth.” — Mitsugi Saotome

Friday, December 11, 2009

the eleventh day of Christmas

there is no such thing as the perfect decision.

when we all decided to go to school, we made the decision this time last year. it was a completely unknown entity, sending three little tackers off into the big wide world. it seemed an antithesis of our beliefs about family and education, yet the mamma and the papa needed our own togetherness oasis. i was up and down about the decision the whole of last summer, and yet, the sun has continued to shine. hotly and sweetly.

fast forward one amazingly eventful year.

last night and today, there have been a few celebrations:

Michael topped his whole class (he got a stickerfiKATE with a GOLD STAMP for Academic Excellence), and today both Raych and Joel walked across stage at Senior Prizegiving. Woozie for Soft Materials Technology (all her fabricky creativeness) and Charlie for French, Te Reo Maori; Excellence in Tutor Class (Service and special character award); and Excellence in Year Group (80% average across all subjects).

not bad for ex-homeskoolers, huh?

so tonight we are cracking the bubbly. and having a freaking weekend. cos The Dawg has worked around three hundred (oh alroight then, closer to four hundred) hours, day and night, since he started back a month ago. We've hardly seen him. and last night he had an epiphany, which is great timing, cos it's nearly his birthday, when he will turn the magic age of 42... which is, of course, the answer to life, the universe, and everything.


Blogger SoozNooz said...

Ahh -- my dear now that would be 43!!! You see then you know everything!!
I love hearing and seeing and knowing your fabulous journey. You have done te right thing - it's hard to know what that is but you have --- the proof is in the pudding.
Wow I know that feeling - dragging our kids to another country - out of their comfort zones and to a semi strange existence. Have they thrived - YES, have they struggled- yes - has it been GREAT ---Hell YES! xxx

10:52 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

Bubbly all round - bubbly and epiphany make for a great cocktail!

4:17 AM  
Blogger Little Miss Flossy said...

Sounds like the perfect end to a busy year, congrats to all the kids for cleaning up the prize lists. Totally lovin' the Soft Materials one, got a few of those myself LOL

I went to Jono's prize giving yesterday and was totally stoked to see the girl who won my Year 8 Textiles Cup last year, also win it in Year 9 at High School this year.

4:55 PM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

YAH! Jumping up and down for you all here and so happy for you all that the new path you choose this year has worked out so incredibly well for you. I have a sneaky feeling that whatever your family puts its mind to will work out just fine. Enjoy the summer and copious celebratory cocktails!

9:16 PM  

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