Yessterday was the last Teen Group for the year - we went to the beach.
It was a seriously beautiful day. I loved the surf, the lunch on the grassed area was fun and the kids loved swimming and catching up with friends.
Christmas and Advent are always times of endings for us - it is the start of the summer holidays and many regular activities finish.
Some people finish homeschooling, with the aim for children to start school in the new year , at the end of January or beginning of February, when schools resume.
Other people plan to start homeschooling in the new year, so we know the new year will often bring new people to our outings and groups.
So, we are finishng off our Christmas crafts with decorating teddies - well, its mostly the youngest, but he is having a whale of a time and getting suggestions from the others.
Next week, the three youngest fly interstate to spend time with their older brothers. And Alexander will have his braces removed!
At home, it will just be dh, I and Jonathon. Weird having only one child at home!
Everyone returns on the night of the 23rd for Christmas - all nine of us will be home for Christmas.
I am planning on a Father Christmas photo for Christmas Eve.