I had my daughter and her family, (husband, son and dog) son and the dog spend almost 3 years in our house.
It was a load of fun, the house once again with the warmth of a family, the laughter of a child growing up from babyhood who is now over 3 years old and so independent!
It kept my husband sane, busy with the little one going for walkies with Kiba the dog, too. Kiba is still with us, until the backyard is gated well at their new place, but I have to say the 3 year old doesn’t shed as much fur!
I had many outings with my grandson showing him off to my friends or going shopping and eating at the shopping centres – he always surprised nearby diners with the amount that he could eat! – he’s growing up so fast! There was always a warning from Mummy: no more toys! He has everything he needs. I splurge now and again though, on a new pair of shorts or socks he picks out himself.
We know they’re not far, only a short drive away. It won’t be the same but we will still be a big part of one another’s lives.
In fact I’m visiting today, I wonder how many boxes they’ve unpacked. Moving house is always chaotic. Especially with young children. This way my daughter can get more things done and I can get in some time with my grandson.
Maybe between ‘3 years in our house’ and ‘It was a load of fun’ put this paragraph:
I have always had an open door policy in my home. So my kids keep coming back! I’ve even had clients wanting to downsize and I’ve told them to hold off. Months later they’ve informed me their children had come home to them too!
My friend Jean’s daughter Kendra started this little craft with these 2 tables and chairs. She did the hard work but ended up leaving aside.
Years gone by and her Mum Jean decided to donate to my craft group in Edgewater.
I love it right away and took possession of it.
Showed to my friend Wendy who is very good with crafts and she offered to finish for me.
In one week she brought the finish product and of course my grandson was the lucky winner of this precious little craftsmanship.
Thanks Kendra, Jean and Wendy!
To all of my newsletter readers:
Enjoy your Christmas, family, friends and working mates.
Make a resolution for 2018. And stick to it!
Make a plan for the future.
Make an achievable goal!
Make it happen whatever you wished for!
Make Love not war!
Have a great Christmas!
The Sunset International Neighbours (S.I.N.ers) is a Group of ladies that was founded in 1990. We formed this group to solidify and help foster friendships among our members, some of whom have been coming now for 27 years.
We meet once a month at someone’s house for lunch, and every month it rotates to a new home. We all bring a plate of food to share, and sometimes a friend to add to the group. Over the years we have also watched children and grandchildren grow through their various visits, such a joy.
We don’t sell Avon, Tupperware, or any other product, except sometimes Real Estate (hehehe). We sit, eat, talk, exchange views, and make friends.
We had our Christmas party this last Monday. (Out meetings are always in a Monday, it had become tradition).
Some of us are very talented in the kitchen. I’ll let you decide if I am included in that group (hint hint I don’t cook).
Last Monday we had the pleasure of welcoming one of the S.I.N.ers’ youngest visitors, only a few weeks old, granddaughter to this month’s host. And of meeting two boys, now 17 and 15 year olds, that we have been in contact with since they were born.
We also had another member bring her tweenage granddaughter, who usually joins us around Christmas time and of course my daughter with her son, my adorable grandson.
These meetings are always a pleasure to attend, we catch up with one another, share good news and bad, and strengthen our friendships again, one bite at a time.
I hope you all find time this December to meet with your friends and loved ones, to talk over delicious food, and maintain those connections which are important to you.
My daughter Nikky is all heart and soul dedicated to her photography skills.
If you need a photographer who can do the perfect job on special events, first child, family photo black and white , Christmas , etc call Nikky .
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This is a transit Hotel in Dubai on Concourse A, situated on the 6th and 7th floor of the International Airport. I loved the ‘Welcome Mrs Barrett’ written on the TV screen.
The suite is fitted with a 5 star hotel greeting: coffee, tea, free water, fridge, robes, slippers , sewing kit, shampoos, conditioners, cream, bathing cap, shaving kit, soap etc, etc, etc.
Taking the elevator to level 3 you will find the departure level with all of the duty free shops, restaurants, currency exchange, etc, etc, etc.
It has a large king size bed -or larger than!- comfortable chairs, air conditioning and a most welcome large size room that is at least 5×4 meter square.
We had a super comfortable and welcoming stay before carrying on the next leg to Brazil.
I highly recommend it for anyone doing extensive travelling. The restful stay between legs makes all of the difference for me on these long journeys to visit family.
My daughter, son in law, grandson, and my husband recently crossed the oceans to Canada and back, and roughed it by carrying straight through to their destination, but I’ve done that before and this is DEFINITELY the way to go!
Why don’t you try it next time?
My house looks like a playground now that my daughter, her hubby and baby Kai have moved in with us.
I am a Real Estate Agent and now a happy grandmother with a 6 Month old grandson to show around whenever I want now that he is in the same house.
Who knows? Soon Kai will be helping me with my “home opens”? At least he will entertain the prospective buyers with lots of smiles!
Such a bundle of joy to see him grow each day and hear all is cute little sounds. I am so lucky and proud of my little grandson.
It won’t be long now and he will have me running after him, but I can’t wait!
Hi Alycee Happy Mother’s Day to you too. I always enjoy reading your blog in your Sorrento newsletter. It’s good to hear you going on about any subject that crops up in the conversation (your family, the road blocks, the latest smartphone review) – and all in down to earth language. It’s like having a…Read More→