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Tuesday, 10 December 2013

We're home again ....

Hallo again dear bloggy friends.  I'm home again in Devon after a wonderful weekend away in France, to celebrate Eleanor's 16th birthday.  I'm pleased to say that the journey there and back was peaceful and uneventful, with no holdups at all.  We drove over in bright sunshine, and we drove back in bright sunshine! 
Today I went and watched Eli in his school Nativity Play.  Isn't there something very magical and special about a school or Church Nativity Play with little ones of Eli's age.  It's always lovely to watch their little faces when they see their mummy and daddy, or grandma and grandpa in the audience! You can see them looking all over to see if they can find them.  Well, I got there early and was first in the queue, so hubby and I were sat right in the front row.  Here are a couple of photos and, although Eli wasn't very happy about being an angel, he really threw himself into it!

Back to our weekend, Eleanor was thrilled with all her pressies and thanked us all for going over.  Me, well, at sixteen, I was thrilled that she chose to spend her birthday weekend with all of us.  You have to make the most of these special moments.  Things can change so suddenly.  Next year, Eleanor could well have a boyfriend, and she will be setting off to University.  (She is presently looking at going to Madrid, where her Spanish would come in handy.)
I thought you might like to see a few photos!

Birthday cake on its way!

My beautiful daughter number 2 and granddaughter number 1!

Delighted with the Marshall headphones we bought for her.

Over the moon with her iPhone!!

We told her that these used to be called Brothel Creepers!!

Love you Aunty Alison!
Emma and Alison
How blessed am I?!

Time to blow out the candles

A walk in the forest.

Well peeps, I hope I haven't given you too many photos today, but, hopefully, it will give you a flavour of the lovely time we all had.
Bye for now my friends.



Shady Del Knight said...

Hallo, dear Thisisme! I'm very thankful knowing you made the trip over to France and back in bright sunshine and w/o any problems. Stateside, it's a terrible day on the highways with inches of snow and ice snarling traffic in my home state of Pennsylvania. (No snow here in Florida on this 85 degree day!)

I'm tickled to see your pictures of Eli giving it his all in the school Nativity Play. He might have been reluctant to play an angel but, when all was said and done, I'll bet he had a devil of a good time.

I was also thrilled to see Emma up on her feet and looking better than ever at Eleanor's birthday celebration and that goes for Alison and the birthday girl, too. What a lovely family you have!

Thanks for reporting in, dear friend Thisisme, and enjoy the rest of your day and week!

rainbow said...

There is no way the show us too many photos

Claudia Moser said...

You are indeed a lucky one :) such a lovely family! Happy you are back and safe

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

Hello Diane, first of all , very pleased to read that this trip was uneventful , no traffic problems and the sun shone.

How blessed you are indeed, delightful grandchildren and daughters. Emma sure had a fab birthday , and wow, going to Spain to study would be brilliant, such an opportunity :-) ,, happy you are back safe and sound, xx

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

Ooops Eleanor I meant for the birthday and Happy to see Emma is up and about again,

Olive said...

How sweet the sweet 16th birthday is. Your family is lovely.

Suzanne Prickett said...

Hi Thisisme. Glad to see you made it home safely. What great pictures! The birthday girl looked so happy! Your lovely daughters looked glowing. You have such a loving family.

Of course, Eli is a champ. He looked as though he was really into his part. Such a handsome angel!

You put out a wonderful post today Thisisme! See you later-get some rest! ♥

Bouncin Barb said...

Such fun to look at Eli and his peers in costume. Those were the days. Eleanor will remember her sweet 16 always and how her awesome family came to spend it with her. Great pictures.

Glenda Manus said...

Beautiful photos. Isn't it wonderful spending time with your daughters and grandchildren? I understand what you mean by enjoying each moment at the time - someday they may be too busy for grandmothers. I certainly hope not. You are blessed indeed my friend!

Manzanita said...

This is a lovely post with a stunning birthday party. Brothel creepers? I've never heard that one. Haha
Yes, you are most blessed with such a beautiful family. That nativity play brought back memories of my kids when they we little. So sweet and thank you for sharing your precious pictures.

doodles n daydreams said...

It sounds like you had a lovely family weekend.
Eli was certainly a gorgeous angel but perhaps you'd better not say the 'g' word to him, haha.


Jennifer Hoppins said...

This was a magical post, full of celebration and happy smiles. You are truly blessed to have such a gorgeous and sweet family. Eleanor's party looka wonderful! I love the table all laid with white linens and sparkling glasses. So elegant! And the chandelier is stunning!
Eli IS an angel!

Linda O'Connell said...

Your 'girls' are beautiful, and this birthday will be a treasured memory for all. Especially the little angel :)

Maria C said...

My son, David, was also an angel on the Christmas pageant at his school when he was five. He was actually, the Angel Gabriel and had to stand behind Mary the entire time. Oh, how he hated it! We tried to make it a little better by giving him a glow-in-the-dark halo, which was pretty cool, actually. Ah, sweet memories! Your granddaughter is so lovely! How wonderful that you were able to spend her birthday with her! And I never heard of brothel creepers! Too funny!

Montanagirl said...

I always enjoy seeing your photos - there's never too many. You have a lovely family, and I think you are very blessed indeed!