2016 Flashbacks - Part 3

Our summer is long here in Cyprus, not only because of the heat, but also the fact that the schools close for 13 weeks and the summer holiday starts in mid June.  Add that to the fact that for most people I know here it is the busiest time of year where many people get very few days off, if any at all.  (Aaron, like many here do, used to work 7 days a week from April to November)

We are very lucky to have had lots of work this year but in a way that we got to enjoy the summer as well.

In July we had a great family day out at Cyprus Land in Limassol and combined it with a trip to the Mall, bowling and dinner on the way home.  It's not often we do a 'big' day out like this which makes it all the more special and memorable when we do.

There was of course tons of swimming, both in our shared pool at home and out at various hotels with friends and the obligatory ice creams treats!

Leo had started Taekwondo lessons in June and was so excited to finally get his whites and then his yellow tag at his first grading this month.  The lessons are the highlight of his week and he looks forward to every one.

At the start of July we had a joint birthday party for Aaron and Sam (birthdays at the end of June and start of July so we picked the weekend in the middle)    I love our parties / BBQ's we have at home and a birthday was a great reason to make it a bigger one.    Aaron borrowed DJ equipment and lights from a friend of his and we made sure to invite the neighbours and proceed to have a great evening. I managed to take only one blurry photo of the whole evening but I still love it!

In August we took Louka to Waterworld for the first time.  Leo LOVES Waterworld, we go once or twice each year and it is such a special day for him I was unsure how Louka would get on.  It's taken Leo several years to work up to going on anything at all and I thought it might be tricky with both of them, especially if Louka got too tired

I needn't have worried!   Louka was amazing and kept going from 10am until we left at closing time at 6pm.   He went on anything and everything that he was big enough for,  including some stuff he wasn't after the lifeguards took pity on him and let him with me taking responsibility.   It was a fantastic day that they both still talk about four months later.

August is also our wedding anniversary, and this year we celebrated our 12th.  We had a nice meal out at Sizzlers Restaurant in Pernera - our first visit but certainly not our last as it was amazing!   Also managed another night out,  which was lucky considering how much we were working during the month, and saw Echo's final performance at the beautiful Sirena Bay.

Most importantly in August we celebrated Loukas 4th birthday.  We had a party at home - as we always do,  I love our parties at home and hope the boys continue to do so too.

September was back to school month after the long 13 weeks of summer holidays.  We were still in the height of wedding season so were working many afternoons / evenings each week but we managed to squeeze in some fun stuff too.

I was very excited to attend my first Comic Con, having heard good things about it from the year before.   It was good in a 'Cyprus' kind of way and if they make a few changes based on various feedback they received it should be awesome in 2017.


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