Saturday, 30 January 2010

Like The Good Old Days

As a child I remember lots of get togethers with the extended family. I used to love Christmas day when we would all go up to Nan and Pop's house for lunch and all the cousins would have a great time playing or sitting around talking, as we got older. Today was one of those days that brought back lots of memories of the 'good old days'.

Since so many of the family were here for Pop's funeral, it was the perfect opportunity to get the extended family together. Today lots of us met up at Uncle Kim and Aunty Deidre's for a BBQ.

Simon and Simone brought along their kids motorbikes which everyone had a great time riding around. Jalen was so excited about it. I had a minor freak out when I first saw him on the four wheeler but he seemed to be okay on it.

The little kids had turns, but I think the bigger 'kids' enjoyed it even more!

Everyone was placing bets about who was going to be the first one to come off or have a stack.

Most people were betting it would be Uncle Tom.

Harri was so excited about going on the bikes and didn't want to take off the helmet as he thought if he kept it on it would mean he could have another ride very soon. He didn't even take it off to eat his sausage but would lift it up so he could take a bite!

It was so nice to catch up with everyone and to spend some fun time together, especially after the sad day that we had yesterday of saying goodbye to Pop.

Nan enjoyed coming out for the day and spending time with everyone. She was happy sitting in the corner having everyone come over to sit with her and chat.

While I was sitting with her she would reach over and grab my hand and just smile and laugh at different people that she noticed and would point to them letting me know that she wanted to say hi to them or that she recognised them.

Aaron and I joked with her that Noah and her were going to have a wheelchair race after lunch. She thought that was quite funny. She would've won easily as Noah slept pretty much the whole time.

There was a bit of cricket happening after lunch which the boys named the 'Shiela Shield' :)

Aunty Deidre and I were talking about how things have changed so much since I was a kid and now my parents and Uncles and Aunties are the grandparents and I am a parent. Mum always tells me being a grandma is the best feeling ever.

Kobe had the best day just wandering around all day.

At one stage he came up to Jay and just gave him a huge big hug and was patting him on the neck.

They had an awesome balloon pit set up from Emily's birthday party last week that the kids loved playing in.

Uncle Kim took all the kids for a 'hayride' which they thought was great. Emily and I also went on it for old times sake. I used to love going on Pop's old truck for hayrides although Pop used to scare us like crazy with his dangerous driving!

No family get together is complete without a water fight. Just as we were getting ready to leave someone turned on the hose and lots of people ended up very wet including myself.

Eden thought he could use Hallie as protection, but she didn't care at all about getting wet and was the one getting everyone else wet!

Harri was also a wildman with the hose and loved getting Grandpa wet!

Just as Aunty Ann and Uncle Tom were leaving they threw out lots of jelly beans for the kids. Check out Aaron - the biggest kid of all!

It was such a nice day to catch up with everyone and remember the good old days when Pop was still around and Nan and Pop were a lot younger. It was nice having it at Aunty Deidre and Uncle Kim's house as it is the same spot as Nan and Pop's old house. They have changed the house a lot, but it still brings back lots of great memories. It's scary to think that time goes so fast and that it probably won't be too long and it will be us who are the grandparents rather than the parents, and Mum and Dad will be the great grandparents. Sometimes you just wish that time could stand still.


  1. It is a real time for a lot of contemplation isn't it?
    Time is flying by so fast.
    It was a great day, and it was so nice to catch up with everyone, and seeing all the little cousins forming bonds like you did with your cousins.
    Families really are forever.
    I love you.

  2. stop doing it Lisa...i have had to stop a few times as i can't read what you have written for the tears of laughter and sadness too..
    but like you said "Time doesnt stand still" and you will carry on the legacy when it is your turn...
    I know waht your boys are going to want Santa to bring them this year!!!!!..but where will they ride them...another trip to the farm perhaps weekly????!!!!

  3. and i just read what your mum wrote and i am bawling again...
    by the way that is darbys AKA ..she has been on the computer today and didnt sign outlove Annette XXXX

  4. I'm glad you and Simone have blogged about today, I get teary just thinking about Pop and how he would have loved to have been there with all the family. It was nice to see everyone together and enjoying the company, it has changed alot up there now.

  5. oh...i want to blog now!!!!!
    such a fun day, so nice to spend it with the family..wish we could do it more often!

  6. Wish I had been there! I have so many great memories of Christmas at Nan and Pop's and hanging out with all the cousins. (And eating way too much food). It would have been so great to catch up with everyone and re-live some of those memories.

    Totally feel the same about time going too fast. Chris is always asking the kids if they can stay little for ever. I feel like they'll be all grown up before we know it.

  7. Like Tone said, let's do this a couple of times a year so we can have more memories of all the great-grandkids together.

  8. This looks like such an enjoyable and nice day after such a sad one. I LOVE the new header and colours of the blog too =)

  9. That's one BIG family dinner!

  10. p.s this is collette not jess...currently visiting her and apparently she's still signed in haha

  11. couldnt think of a better thing to do after saying goodbye to someone you love.

  12. What an awesome day. Love the photo of Kobe snuggling Jay!


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