Aliens in the Apple

2013: A year in photos

Franci 31 Dec 2013 Family Just life

In an attempt to get up to date on here, I’m doing a ‘year in photos’, with a few glimpses into some of the highlights of the past year.

It’s one of those years I’m very thankful to see the end of. And yet, at the same time, I’m thankful for this past year in which God showed us abundant grace.


In January, my friend Lizél got married in South Africa. I went over by myself for 2 weeks.

Marica started school at Aidanfield Christian School.

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We spent Waitangi weekend camping at Okains Bay with some friends.

I started looking after my nephew Tyson during the week while my sister studied. He spent the mornings at preschool and the afternoons with us.

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Marica had her 6th birthday.

I made a quilt for Jeremy and Lillian’s baby, Shanna. I furiously sewed in the evenings to finish in time while Ben read me The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert. (I’ve since finished three other quilts — one for Laurelin, one for Tyson, and one for the family. The quilting bug bit me!)

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I had a very low-key birthday. We ordered Chinese for dinner and my birthday cake was the daily special from the local supermarket.

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I was too sick to take any photos!


Laurelin Grace Hoyt was born.


We took the girls to the mountains for a day of playing in the snow.

Our friends Rob and Julia took the two oldest girls on a trip up the Port Hills on the gondola.


Life just kept going despite Laurelin having colic and crying an unbelievable amount during the first 3 months of her life! Ben perfected the skill of getting her to sleep. And I got a make-over.


Our kids were still providing us with a constant stream of comic relief.

Ben celebrated his birthday with a Poetry Evening.


I read to Marica’s class during Book Week.


Two of Ben’s cousins, Greg and Sharon, came for a visit.

Our friends Rob and Julia got married. I did the flower arranging and the girls were flower girls.


Esther had her 4th birthday.

We took a little day trip with Bevan and Elrike.


Laurelin got her first tooth.

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Marica had her first ballet recital.

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Ben gave his talk on Hacker Christianity.

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Ben and I organised the annual Community Christmas Carols at our church. This year we added some fun for the kids beforehand with face painting and a bouncy castle.

We celebrated Advent.

We had a lovely Christmas with the Voges side of the family.

And that (mostly) wraps up 2013. Happy New Year, everyone!

Comments (4)

lianahavelaar 5 Jan 2014 at 6:17pm

Where was your day trip with Bevan and Elrike? And is that really Marica at the ballet recital?? - unrecognisable!

Lois Hoyt 6 Jan 2014 at 3:01am

The year’s photo summary is wonderful. It must have been quite an undertaking to upload all of these photos.
I enjoyed the “unconvinced” expressions on Marica and Esther in front of the gondola sign, a contrast to some of the expressions on each of the girls’ faces on other photos. I can’t begin to comment on all of those beautiful ones!

Franci 6 Jan 2014 at 3:19am

We went to Whitecliffs with Bevan and Elrike, very close to where we were for our Hoyt reunion in 2013.

And yes, that’s Marica! She had to have loads of make-up on!

Franci 6 Jan 2014 at 3:20am

I’m glad you enjoyed them, Mum! It was quite fun to do, but it did take an awfully long time.