Photo: Impromptu BBQ (Charlotte forgot to bring clothes)
Nick has had a really relaxing birthday this last weekend. I won't say how old he is but he is as fit as he was in his 30s. We spent the Saturday day at a swimming pool with a water slide. That kept most of the kids happy . Hannah (3.5) can't wait until she is big enough to go on it. Ryan(8) can't wait until he realises his mum carries out her ultimatums , which means sitting at the pool fully clothed, watching all have fun. Will he learn? Our girls certainly follow through on their parenting skills. Good to see. Consistency is one of the keys to a successful relationship with your children.
Sunday lunch at our beautiful Henley Beach . It was only 30degrees c but felt hotter. It was a glorious day. The kids gave us a canvas print of one of our favourite photos taken at the beach in Cuba. It is huge and it looks fantastic. It was a very thoughful gift. Thanks guys. The grandchildren were so well behaved .They are a delight to go out with, even at a posh restaurant. Thanks for the lunch everyone. We still miss Adam and Eva at our family gatherings it is a huge chunk missing. Adam called from Scotland at 5 am. their time .He had inbibed a few wee drams for Nick and was standing alongside the Loch ... complete opposite to where we were. That was kind of him wasn't it.Adam and Eva are holidaying in Spain and France for a few days. Only 11 weeks before we head off to see them. Lee our niece in Ghana messaged Nick. He was chuffed about that. On a sad note.. Damiano , Raffs' dad died at the young age of 54. He was waiting for a liver transplant. It has been very emotional time for Nicole and Raff. The familys' wishes were for Ella (4.5) to not attend the hospital or the funeral . It created a lot of angst to say the least between Raff and his stepmum. Ella wanted to say goodbye so they took her and Nicole sat at the back with us. Raff was a pallbearer. To see his face as he walked out of the church it was heartbreaking. So much unsaid. May he find peace of mind. It was the best thing to take Ella and she went unnoticed . She was as quiet as a mouse. Children are so perceptive. Raff has lost both parents . So young they were. Live life to the fullest. . Lucky buggers! Bye for now.