Saturday, February 01, 2014


MUSICa gradual increase in loudness in a piece of music.
"each time the key changes, there is a gradual crescendo"
a progressive increase in intensity.
"a crescendo of misery"
adverb & adjective

with a gradual increase in loudness.
"a short crescendo kettledrum roll"
increase in loudness or intensity.
"the reluctant cheers began to crescendo"
I crashed out at 9.30pm last night - I was simply wiped out after this last week.

I woke up at 3am (when the Grumpy Old Man came to bed, I suspect he dozed off on the couch and that's when he woke up as well) and couldn't get back to sleep.

We've come to the end of yet another HUGE week!

Definitely a crescendo week!

After several weeks of school holidays, the time finally came to get back into the world of uniforms, timetables and homework.

This year Lukas moved up to high school and Ari started primary school. I think I must have been carrying a fair bit of emotion surrounding these events. More than I knew, anyway, because I've felt quite overwhelmed by it all - I've been feeling quite emotional, all bubbling under the surface.

These two photos illustrate a bit of what was going on here... We took the boys to do some school supplies shopping and on the way out of the centre, Ari wanted a ride. Bryn and Lukas decided to join him, because it's fun to ride on rides...

But then they felt a bit embarrassed because, well, they were a bit big for the ride. Still, they didn't want to get off the ride... They just didn't want to be seen on it...

We're all a bit like that at the moment, in the gap between the last stage and the next stage...

Erik and Luey got new hair cuts...

Erik shaved for the first time on Monday...

Ari got a new lunchbox for school...

Erik and Lukas left for the first day of high school 2014, together on Wednesday. It is hard for me to believe they are both at high school now.

This was 2007... How does a mother not get emotional seeing these two photos???

Erik grew into his blazer this year.

I finally figured out how to contact school books [almost] perfectly! (No, you don't get to see the two books I stuffed up completely after taking this photo!)

Bryn moved up from Junior school, way up to middle school, on Thursday! By the way, see that shirt - that's the shirt Erik is wearing in the photo from 2007 (more tears from me).

We had a 'last date before school' with Ari. The Grumpy Old Man went all soft and misty eyed during that lunch - he won't admit it, but he did!

And then, finally, after many YEARS of counting down and anticipating this day, Ari started prep! I took LOTS of photos! Erik was pretty much sick to death of posing for photos by this point, so just ignore that surly teen look on his face...

The primary school boys together!

Ari, the superstar!

Ari got some lovely bag bling for his first day - see the TARDIS? Every prep aged Doctor needs a TARDIS!

Walking into school with his big brother!

Playing with the other new preppies while waiting to go into class.

His name on his classroom window.

Showing one of his teachers his new iPad mini.

At the end of the day we discovered some work posted in his class window - and a picture of Ari with his buddies.

At home we discovered photos on his iPad from his first day. He's quite a good photographer (he gets that from me, of course). Here are both his teachers together; Mrs Robins on the left, and Ms Pickburn on the right.

Not forgetting our old 'new school' kid... Lukas has a very enjoyable, but exhausting first few days at high school. He has already made a friend and is thrilled with his music and gaming design classes!

Creating a colour coded time table for each of the high school boys was comparatively easy this year because they no longer have a three week roster. They will both have the same time table week after week.

So, here I sit, it is still before dawn. Ari has woken up but the rest of the house is sleeping. I feel quite rung out - besides all the school start preparations, I also had a committee meeting on Thursday and a Supervisor meeting yesterday. Still and all, I definitely feel the need to get back intoI a routine, to get our lives running more efficiently again. I have written out a shopping list and unbeknownst to my poor family, I have big plans to get this house cleaned and sorted today. There is another busy week coming up.

On Monday I have an appointment at the Eye and Ear clinic to find out of we can figure out what is going on with my sight.

On Tuesday I have a braille lesson in Kensington.

On Friday I'm going with a bunch of friend to meet a brand new, very sweet, little person with a gorgeous name who we've all be admiring online for almost a month now - the torture!

I have just under three weeks to write the last three stories for my colloquium and edit and order the other 17 stories. I need to meet up with a local academic to learn about the research theory I'll be apply to my research.

I'm now looking at attending the Australian Association of Writing Programs Conference which is being held in New Zealand at the end of 2014. So, I have to write and submit a proposal for that as well in the next couple of weeks so I'm ready when they ask for submissions.

I have also started to think about the possibility of going to Iceland at the end of the year, or early next year to do research. I mentioned this to my supervisor yesterday and she thinks it would be a great thing for me to do. I've just got to see if I can make it work financially with the Deakin research grant.

In one sense I'm very happy this last week is over. I think it's been a big hurdle to jump on my calendar, and I've navigated it well - even though it has left me all wrung out. I'm now ready to move on to the next stage.

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