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image coutesy of: image courtesy of: http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/images/view_photog.php?photogid=2337I usually do an annual family newsletter and eCard.

This year I don’t have the energy or willingness to do one. For those that know this is probably understandable. For those that don’t then please read on – I will do a very brief overview of the year, but you’ll have to read between the lines for the details or just ask.

So, in bullet points:

Coel
– on-going health issues and his specialist has no clue.
– on a highly restrictive diet
– made school captain
– started trumpet lessons & joined BCBC Junior orchestra

Jenna
– pupil of the year
– started full contact rugby
– braces on the way
– attained various levels of grade 3 from pass to distinction in piano, flute and violin
– stopped ballet

Owen
– finished very successful year at CERN
– now back in Uni on his final year – dissertation planned and under way
– broke up with one girl, now dating another
– keeps bringing home different musical instruments
– lost count of how many languages he now speaks to varying degrees

Kathryn
– failed one half of her stage 3 signing & needs to resit
– her great aunt passed away
– her health has not improved but new drugs in the last week so we are hopeful
– almost down to her married weight
– survived a job evaluation process

Stuart
– my father passed away
– failed red belt grading
– produced a photo book for family members
– next to no back pain

I’m absolutely certain there will be more “stuff” that I’ve simply forgotten about but somehow it doesn’t matter. In the grand scheme of things we are mostly all well but are definitely looking forward to 2013 and trusting that it will be better for all of us.

So let me finish by saying:

Nadolig Llawen a blwyddyn newydd dda.

 

Image from: http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/images/view_photog.php?photogid=2280It’s been a while since my last update and to be honest I’ve been concentrating on my other web properties.

Please do have a look:

– my photo a day blog.
– or Panoptic.

Though truth be told the writing aspect has very much taken a back seat, so here’s a quick roundup.

Owen is safely ensconced in Geneva in Switzerland and now has the room to accommodate folks that don’t mind sharing with him. He is very much “living his dream” at CERN despite Madame Fruitbat** attempting to sabotage it all.

Jenna started “big school” and is loving the newness of it and has now started to learn the flute on top of piano & violin.

Coel meanwhile is enjoying the new found freedom of not having his sister to watch over and report his every action. Also, despite winning the world title in sparring for his age and grade in Tang Soo Do he has hung up the gloves and like his sister no longer participates.

All three remain in good health – though we have to take Owen’s word about that sometimes!

As for Kathryn, she is still soldiering on with her ‘illness’ and on top of that found out she had a cancerous mole on her big toe that turned out to be a melanoma – one very hasty op later and she now needs a bit of minor plastic surgery which is booked for early days of October. But due to speed of discovery and removal prognosis is excellent.

As for myself – well I just keep on keeping on as my old pastor used to say and today I head into new territory. Today I hope to leave my younger children behind when I grade to 4th gup. My ambition being very much to secure that black belt.

More anon or look me up on facebook for more frequent and up to the minute news.

** our name for his lunatic and now ex-landlady.
And should anybody be looking to stay in Geneva then please contact us first so that we can advise whom to avoid.

There’s a Bon Jovi song that has the line:

We’re half way there, living on a prayer.

At the moment that’s exactly how I feel.

I am now exactly half way along my journey of obtaining my black belt (before I turn 50). Last Saturday Coel and I graded to 5th Gup in Traditional Tang Soo Do. 5th Gup is also known (in our federation) as green belt with one red tag. The second half of the line also points to just how much work I have left to do.

After having had what our M’am calls a “brain fart” during the opening 3 or 4 techniques I have to confess to being surprised that I am half way there.

I need to improve on my Korean.

I need to improve on my remembering of the forms.

In short, I need to improve.

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