Our Inaugural Chromosome 18 Christmas Party was a ton of fun catching up with the old and meeting the new.
We gathered at New Farm Park and were visited by some special guests. It was a stroke of luck for us to happen upon a local dog owner who brought his handfuls of fun out for the day. Needless to say there were some sad faces when we had to say good bye - thankfully the owner explained they weren't quite old enough to be finding new homes. One of our Mum's Monica has declared this to be our annual event so we'll need to think of something to top the puppies who absolutely made our day.
The laughter and the sharing reminded me of how much we have to be grateful for. Without the courage of our region's Marlene Brightwell seeking out Jannine Cody all those years ago, we wouldn't have access to the knowledge, care and community that is only a tap of the keyboard away. Lookng forward to our Australian Conference in 2013 and just a little sad that the US and European conferences aren't on our travel itinerary this year. Our European Families are celebrating all things Chromosome 18 in Milan.....I am happy to admit I am just a little jealous of you all over there!
I have been getting a little bored with my photo layouts so thought I would add some spice to my life with this Photofunia: Photobooth App! I may be a little more adventurous in the future.
The end of year concert with Allycia's Fitness and Dance classes from Caloundra Studio was spectacular. Allycia had a a ball and looked at home up there on the stage. I just happened to notice that star above her head.......just sayin!
Just love watching this kid have a ball - FAD did a great job this year with the costumes and lighting. Aunty Julie was our photographer extraordinaire and captured these great moments of the girl in action.
A quieter Christmas moment for Allycia and I when we visited one of our little local churches collecting for a campaign to combat hunger and lack of water in Africa. The space was beautiful and peaceful. Allycia asked the chaplain a few questions and wandered around looking at the various displays and posters. This poster captures what the season means to me - it really is all about love. Intangible, untouchable, invisible, indescribable but we know when it's here and we sense so very deeply when it is not.
Allycia's final piece for the year - her interpretation of an alien and you guessed it - the theme behind this piece is about love and about family, friends and loved ones. It was her Uncle Geoff who asked her to critique the work for us and she blew us away. The main colours of red and purple are her favourites, she talked about how she made it and then explained the significance of the golden dots. Each dot represented a family member or a significant person in her life - beautiful.