Dad’s Retirement

The countdown has started to my favourite time of year. I love Christmas and I will love it even more this year because my family will be here. This advent calendar is up in the kitchen filled with the yummy chocolates kindly provided by Granny Esther ( thanks Mum XX) and little bits and pieces of Christmas decoration are starting to appear slowly but surely around the house. I am waiting to put up the tree though as little Rachel would dismantle it in double time I am sure !!

My lovely family were all here last weekend mainly to finally celebrate this Man’s retirement

It would have been sooner but he did insist on gallivanting off to Australia for a month. So last weekend was the only time before they set off again for the UK for a flying visit and before Christmas rolled around to get it done.
And what a weekend it was …………..

Mark came up with his new and incredibly lovely girlfriend Bern ( I can only hope we didn’t frighten her too much with our nuttiness because she is a keeper !! ) And I finally got my new updated picture of that little Brother of mine, it is just a shame it was in my messy kitchen with it’s appalling light but needs must !

Bern was so lovely and so good with Caitlin, the girls were totally impressed with the fact she used to ride horses too that she even made it into Caitlin’s weekly news at school, as did the lovely Finn because she sat beside Caitlin at dinner like the wonderful Auntie she is and looked after her nieces with endless patience.

After all the introductions and the getting ready we all headed out for dinner in our local restaurant and it was fabulous. The food was incredible and the waiting staff very patient with the 12 and 1/2 of us ( Rachel is the 1/2 LOL )

I don’t think we could have asked for a nicer meal out to be honest – everyone was happy and the restaurant was actually all ours for a little while as we went early because of the kids and the food was amazing ( Did I mention that already ? )

After the meal we all strolled home and that is when the nuttiness began – now I can tell you Abba music and dressing up was involved but much more and my family will have my guts for garters. Put it this way there is video footage for bribery purposes if needs be and this is the least silly outfit Dad ended up in ! Yes there was worse !

We presented Dad with his new case for his bass – my Dad is a talented musician and is back to playing the bass again now he has the time. And then we danced, laughed and drank far too much wine into the wee small hours of the morning !

I love this picture of Mum and Dad – it warms my very mushy heart !
The kids stayed up way too late as well although they did relax on the sofa bed in the front room that I had set up for guests watching Disney movies.

The next day when we all rose from our beds – well not all of us some phoned their order in – MARK !! We had a leisurely breakfast and declared the evening before a success. Everyone seemed to have a ball especially the Guest of honour and that is the main thing.

As for this week – well it has been no less exciting Becca has exams starting tomorrow and a nasty cold to boot and Caitlin was carol singing with the Brownie’s down at the old people’s home in the town tonight. I have been making more cards and lots of layouts for work (which I can’t share yet!!)
So I am afraid cards is all you get – not earth shattering designs by any means I know but made with love I assure you 🙂

I also made this birdhouse decorations after seeing one on Debbie‘s blog and following the link to Nichole Heady’s templates check it out she has some gorgeous stuff up there and a couple of my favourite scrappers work with her.

Finally the lovely Beckie awarded me this which is a testament to what a fantastic lady she is

This blog invests and believes the PROXIMITY – nearness in space, time and
These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind blogger’s aim to
find and be friends. They are not interested in prizes or self-aggrandizement.
Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships
are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers! Deliver this award
to eight blogger’s who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written
text into the body of their award!
I have to award it in turn to eight others but I am so bad at having to choose people and hate leaving anyone out.
So any of the girls in my “places to go and people to see” links totally deserve this award they are my friends and my inspiration which is why they are there in the first place ( total cope out I know but it is late and I am tired LOL !! )


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