This summer has nearly passed us by - last year we were at the beach extensively; this year not so much. Thus it was, at the first possible opportunity, we assembled the Gregorys and a couple of beach chairs at Caroline Bay. The boys found a small hole and made it much bigger...
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Family up, car packed, and on our way to the airport by 8 am - no head injuries this time or ambulances being called - we did warn Dad not to try that trick again! Arrived at Christchurch Airport in good time for the two-hours-before check-in and barely waited a minute or two before suitcases were bumped off along the conveyor belt.
Monday, January 27, 2014
Up to today I had fairly successfully pretended that D-Day was not coming rapidly at us, but when my brother skyped from SA to wish us a happy last day together, the floodgates opened. I nearly banned the use of the word "last", but denial only takes you so far!
Sunday, January 26, 2014
I still maintain that we did NOT invite ourselves to the Bothas...flicking a text to Andreas with an innocent "might you happen to be in the mood for pancakes?" is a sneaky ploy though which worked a charm ;) The men worked diligently in the kitchen...Andreas doing the hard work of cooking and flipping, and Nick generously coating the crepes with cinnamon and sugar, to produce a whopping stack of tasty treats. We tried hard to finish the pile but between the nine of us, just couldn't get to the end of them! 'Twas a lovely evening together and the first of many goodbyes as my parents leave on Tuesday :(
Saturday, January 25, 2014
Family photos...the worst possible torture for the Clevely family, apparently. Not sure exactly why it's so difficult to get four people to smile at the same time or co-operate and stand still long enough to do this, but I do remember now why they are so few and far between :)
Friday, January 24, 2014
We have retained our "Friday night pizza and movie" tradition while my parents have been here - it's been a challenge choosing movies to suit six people ranging from 9 to 77 years old; I think the favourite was the 1976 version of "Freaky Friday" with Jodie Foster as the daughter in the switch. I have video footage of mom and dad in various stages of giggling and laughter...fun memories! After the first movie and pizza Mom and Dad and the boys settled into communal reading while Nick and I watched a second one. Great having a bed to comfortably seat four people :)
Thursday, January 23, 2014
After a 'regular' day of a spot of grocery shopping, sewing, and pottering about at home, we went out for tea to Mark and Pam Cvitanich's lovely home. We catch up with them every two years when my parents are visiting ;) No, kidding on that one, but it does seem to be the pattern! Had a great evening together - especially reminiscing about times at Honeyridge (my childhood church and my parents' current church) and people we knew/know. How good to be part of God's family with so many extended relations!
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Dad's been wanting to visit the Botanic Gardens for some time now but for the most part either the weather has been against us or it just hasn't been convenient. Happily today was a great day for it with a warm, fine morning.
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
So um...Mom was so taken with my second-hand outfit (top and jeans from SaveMart) and said I should blog it. I said she could have a photo with pleasure but she said no, it had to be a blog. Here you go then Mumsie...something about "old and new"...certainly referring to the clothing!
Sunday, January 19, 2014
It's Mumsie's birthday today! So pleased to be able to celebrate with her...we warned her last night that we'd be running the traditional Clevely birthday for her, ie hiding pressies in the lounge. It was with much hilarity and "hot" and "cold" that she shuffled around the carpet on her knees, poking around in the most unexpected places and not looking in the obvious ones. We steered her away from the big present until the end, surprising her with a Kindle from her loving husband and three darling children.