Wednesday, March 29, 2017

A LITTLE SPOILT

I have been a little spoilt this week...
Chloe arrived home this week this this beautiful arrangement of flowers for me....
Just to let me know I am loved and appreciated....
How blessed am I....







Monday, March 27, 2017

A QUICK VISIT TO SEE THE GRANDIES.....

We had a very quick trip to Brissie to see the Grandies on the weekend...
Way to quick....
Willow was counting down the sleeps until we got there...
She couldn't wait and then she was heart broken when we left the following day...
We overnighted in Bundy on the Friday night and then were up at 4am to dry through to Brissie early Saturday morning...

We were greeted with this beautiful rainbow at sunrise...
Such a lovely promise of a good day ahead..
Chloe came with us on this road trip...
It was so nice to share this weekend with her as it will probably be the last as she is getting married in 6 weeks time and then moving to Melbourne....

Early morning rainbow..
What a way to start the day
 We didn't get to Sarah's until about 11am.  Willow was outside waiting for us...  She was so excited to have us there... Sarah and Chloe went off shopping and Steve and I enjoyed the afternoon with the children... So special..

Enjoying playing with her Poppy
Poking faces
How adorable is this little possum
He knows that swiping the screen changes things....
 They both loves stories..
Loved sitting on Poppy's knee and reading along with him...

Reading with Poppy....
 Willow was terribly excited that we were going to be going to the park for family movie night with them.  Several times a year the Logan council holds a family movie night at the Park where they set up a big screen and show movies.  Also lots of mobile food stalls set up and on Saturday night they were even offering free cones of popcorn to the children to eat whilst watching the movie. 

The movie this time was "Finding Dory"...  It was a little scary at times and Willow spent half the movie on my knee..

Family movie night in the park...
 We were fortunate enough to also catch up with our good friends Ian and Kathy.  They came and surprised us at the park and then come home with us for a cuppa....It is always really great to catch up with them,  makes us all very excited as we talk about and plan our big holiday together....

We did have a heart broken little girl the next morning when it was time to leave....
She didn't want us to go and it didn't matter how much we told her that she would see us again in 5 sleeps time and that we would be bringing her home to have a holiday with us....

We were a couple of hours late getting away from Sarah's and at the time,  we were concerned about getting home later that we wanted to,   but in hindsight, I am so thankful that we did get away late because if we had got away at the time we wanted too, it would have put us on the highway in the area a fatal accident happened...

We had to make a detour just on the north side of Gympie and we ended up going through Biggenden and coming back out onto the A1 just before Gin Gin....  It was a lovely drive....  whilst my heart really felt for the families of those who lost their lives in the car accident, but it also marveled at the beauty of this beautiful country we live in...

The whole day was lovely,  not only did we get to drive through some beautiful countryside we all got to experience the most wonderful sunset together on our way home also....  The colours were magnificent and I am so thankful that I got to share it with Steve and Chloe....


 Now we are home and it is raining again...
We are bracing form another cyclone to hit the Queensland coast and whilst it is not directly heading for us, we will cope a lot of the rain from it and they are expecting flooding...

We have had no rain all summer and then in the last week, it was bucketed down... We had something like 8 inches last week and goodness knows how much we will with this low crossing the coast...

Sunday, March 26, 2017

PREPARING FOR A WEDDING......

I have been way too busy with a wedding and this poor blog has been neglected which is a little sad as I don't really want to forget the wonderful things that are happening this year....
We have been learning new skills,
Doing a little gardening....
Chloe wants some of these on her tables for her wedding so we have been busy...
We have been making Kokedamas...

 Pretty happy with the way they have turned out...
Unfortunatley we have heaps more to make and running out of time...
 We have been chasing succulents to do this...

Also looking for other ideas for the table centres too.
Have come up with this idea...
Lots of work to do here too with all the engraving...





 The weeks are flying....
We now have only 6 or 7 weeks until the wedding.... and I really wonder how we are going to get it all done....
Especially when we still have a fair amount of time away yet....
All good fun....

MAX'S FIRST BIRTHDAY PARTY....

Still trying to catch up with important family events....
I am way behind with everything this year....
Too much happy and not enough time for it all...
It has been a crazy year as we try and organise a wedding and get ready for a holiday....
Crazy crazy year but we will get there....

We all went on a Teddy Bear's Picnic for Max's 1st Birthday and what a wonderful day it was...
It was only a small birthday party with both sets of Grandparents, Max's uncle Pat and Aunty Amanda and Aunty Brenda...  The Little's and Moxey's also joined us up at the park.....

Icing a Cake
Teddy Bear Fruit Kebabs
Tim Tam Teddy bears in little cars...
The birthday cake.....
The birthday boy tasting the icing... YUM YUM... He wanted more..
 Sarah and I headed up to the park early to set up the picnic underneath one of the big fig trees overlooking the lagoon....
Decorations in the trees...

Someone had to climb up and hang them....

The birthday boy with his bear ears on...

Picnic basket and party bags...
Lots of teddies joined us in the park...
The kids loved their party bags....
Picnic blankets all set up....
Jumping castle for the kids and the teddies...
Max with Grandma Kaye
He loves to bounce.....
Party food for a Teddy Bear's Picnic
Opening some of his presents...
His big sister likes to help but Max is pretty excited with what he sees...
 Max's little friend Patrick really loved Max's birthday present also and was keen to have a little ride and play with it.....
Patrick reading the card to Max...
Think Max was more interested in the paper than the presents...
Food glorious food....
The view from our picnic rugs...
Riding his new birthday present....

Thoroughly enjoying his new birthday present...
Poppy showing Max how his horn works...
Teddies lined up ready for a bounce...
Willow ready to jump..
Getting ready to blow out his candles...
Careful Grandad,  you might end up wearing that Chocolate Cake...
 Today Max gets to try cake for the first time.....
And he loved it.....
He has a sweet tooth....
Enjoying his first piece of cake...
What a face....
Shoving it into his mouth.....
Willow enjoying Max's birthday cake...
Two special little girls....

 The party finished at lunch time and then it was time to take Max home for his afternoon sleep..
We still hadn't managed to give him his presents from us all this morning,  we were too busy getting ready for a party, so thought we would wait until later in the day and let him enjoy them then...

His very own couch..
and he loves it...
Got to love our birthday boy..
Paper is so much fun.....
Present from Moppy and Poppy
More presents....
Taaaaa

 Willow loved Max's Duplo and was very happy to help him put it all together...
She is getting really good at doing it now and can follow the instructions pretty well...
Birthday presents
Sand and Water play
 He still loves his bottle....
 He scored a chair for when he comes camping with us..
He thought it was great...
We thought he was cute....
Can't wipe the grin off his face...
 They ended the day by having a bit of a swim in the back yard...
He loves the water and he loves to bounce... He was having a ball..
 Just love this little cherub...
Love him to bits...
Feel so blessed to have these two little treasures in our lives...
 It was a wonderful day and I am so blessed and thankful that we were able to be down there and be a part of it with the children....
These really are the special years...
So blessed.....

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