I just realised that I haven’t loaded anything onto my blog since last year! And there has been so much to share as well! We had everyone home for Christmas, even Daniel and Marysia from London, and we had some fabulous family times together. Joanna turned 20 on the 15th of January, Marysia turned ? on the 19th of Jan, Jessica turned 18 on the 24th of Feb, Leeara turned 15 on the 24th of Feb as well, Casey turned 6 on the 5th of Feb, Jayden turned 6 on the 29th of Jan and Robin turned 57!!!!!! on the 2nd of Jan!!! WOW!!! So many birthdays and so much fun! We had a big family holiday in Rotorua and Hamilton to show Marysia some of New Zealand. We also walked our walkway twice. Once with Matt, Bek, Leeara, Casey, Jo, Jordan, Dan, Marysia, Robin and me; and the other time with Jayden and Christian on their bikes…I walked/ran behind them! Jordan worked at Powerco with Robin and Jo over the holidays and stayed with us most of the time as well. He is doing well at Uni and is onto his second year. Joanna is now onto her final year of nursing and has been working at Taranaki Base Hospital. She has also left home and is flatting with a friend who is doing nursing as well. Jess has entered her Uni years. She is now living at the Auckland Uni Hall…and loving it I must say (by the looks of her photos oin Facebook….a little worrying I must add). No….seriously…she is a good girl and is studying hard. So that leaves Robin and me at home alone!!! After 6 children and many years, we are now home alone!!! Thank God for our Scrapbook/computer room! It entertains us nicely! I am loving the lower work load I must say. I only need to do washing twice a week! My house stays tidy..everyday! And the bathroom is amazing! It stays clean and we don’t have masses of towels to wash everyday! I do miss the company though and the girls brought LIFE into the house (boys did too, but that was many years ago really as Ben left home at 17 and he is now 25). We picked up Jayden and Christian last weekend for 3 days and that was a very special time. I love having some of my Grand children in NZ even if they do live a 3 hour drive away.
Our family was also in 2 magazine publications. Ben and Chloes Wedding was featured in ‘New Zealand Weddings’ and Leeara was in ‘Dolly’ magazine as a model! I am so proud of them 🙂 and have copies of both magazines to keep forever!!!
I am once again very involved in mainly music and have been leading the second session all term (and helping with the first session). We have 40 families coming along to that session (the same at the first) and we have lots of fun. I love singing and as I don’t worship lead anymore it gives me an opportunity to keep music and singing alive in my life…and hopefully blesses a lot of people at the same time.
Mum and Dad celebrated 64 years of marriage on the 4th of March. Well done I say! We all went out for tea and spent the night chatting about our childhood! We had lots of laughs and I think Mum and Dad realised just how much we appreciated our family and them as our parents. We took some photos outside the restaurant and had a laugh as we looked at the photos. The restaurant name was ‘The Ugly Duck’ and we took the photo under the sign. I was right under it! It was a bit of a shame that Rodney wasn’t there (as all four of us girls were), but we did get a family group photo on Christmas day 🙂
I’ll attach some photos as a sample of the time from November 2011 until now March 2012. Have fun browsing them xx