Here we go for the second annual McKenzie family Christmas letter.
The usual relentless lifestyle we lead continues unabated with our ongoing involvement at church, work, committees and social activities. Denise is on Vestry for the first time at this parish, spent plenty of energy working with the Teenage program including a weekend camp at Sorrento and has recently joined the Social and Fundraising Committee at childcare.
Grand Prix group dinners continue as always with 12 years of history under our belts (in more ways than one). The group continues to grow with three new members in the past 12 months (Joshua Annat, Victoria Halpin, Hunter Jefferies) and at least one more in the pipeline. We experienced the usual variety of new dishes and old favourites.
After 7 Â½ years with Expert IS/Infosys, Adrian change employer to nabCapital in a project management role. The current projects are going well which makes life much more pleasant. The highlight for the work year has been the introduction and use of â€œAgileâ€ project methodology. It has been somewhat of an epiphany and has transformed the way he thinks about projects delivery.
Denise continues her work at the Department of Sustainability and Environment (Victorian State government) and increased her work commitment to three days per week and â€œenjoysâ€ the challenges of balancing work and home life.
Anna has had a fantastic year of fun and development spending half her week with mum and the other half at childcare in Ringwood East. She is full of energy and has developed from crawling at the start of the year to walking, running, tripping over, jumping, dancing and climbing towards December.
Her vocabulary has expanded significantly as the year progressed to the extent that she can now make herself understood. She does however favour one word: NO!
The year was full of activities, experiences and outings including:
- Antoinetteâ€™s first birthday party which was a great success in February thanks to all the super heroâ€™s that attended.
- Trips to the Aquarium, Zoo and Melbourne Museum
- A developing fascination with Cycling, Cars, Trains and Planes
- Weekly swimming excursions for Adrian and Anna which have proved to be very enjoyable and fruitful with both participants swimming skills and techniques developing over the course of the year
We had holidays in March where we went to the RACV Club in Inverloch with Gran (Jenni) and Grandpa (John) to stay in the caravan (and wind!) and then onto Tasmania (via boat) and stayed with Papa (Peter) and Nanny (Judy) at Little Pine Lagoon and visited family in Hobart and Huonville.
On a slightly sombre note we farewelled some wonderful people this year and remember the fabulous lives of Chris, Gail and Gary, and are thinking of their families during this Christmas season.
For more details & photos on the year just been and the year to come drop by the blog once in a while at http://deeandage.com.
We wish you a very merry Christmas and a safe and happy two thousand and nine. We are looking forward to spending quality time with you all.
Love, Denise, Adrian & Antoinette
We are writing to let you know that Denise is pregnant and we are expecting the arrival of a new family member in July 2009!
Sorry for the impersonal email; given the time of year and all the complexities of Christmas and pregnancy, it seems like the most practical way to let everybody know.
We are currently 10 weeks into the journey but decided to let everyone know prior to the 12 week scan, rather than sit on the news over the holiday period.
We hope you have a fantastic Christmas and New Year with family and friends and look forward to speaking with you soon.
Denise, Adrian, Antoinette & TBC.