~ Happy New Year! ~

Posted: January 3, 2019 in Celebrations, FAMILY, Family stories, Grandmother, holidays, love, Milestones, New Year's Day
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A couple of days ago, my family and I returned from our summer vacation. Summer in New Zealand heralds Christmas and the long break from school. It’s the annual chance to escape from the city for a while and take a breather.

This year, my two younger boys travelled with their father to visit the other half of their family who live in the lower South Island.

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I decided to spend the holiday at the beach with my eldest son and his family. We travelled to stay at my father’s former home (now holiday accommodation) with it’s spectacular view of the sea.

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This meant I got to spend ten days in the company of my first grandchild, a squeezable six-month-old baby girl.

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I had looked forward to it for months, as I’d only spent time with my granddaughter for a few hours at a time prior to that and it hadn’t been long enough to form a proper bond with her.

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It was such a heart warming experience to watch my son with his daughter. His life is coming together. He qualified as a plumber and gasfitter in 2018. He’s met a terrific partner; they’re engaged to be married. She already has two children and they’ve had their first child together, and they make an excellent team. It’s gratifying to witness your child being a responsible parent. He’s a great father and takes care of his family. What better sight is there to see.

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There’s something special about the summer holidays, isn’t there? When you get to spend time with family under the same roof. It was relaxing and wonderful to hang out together for an extended period. It was even more fun having a new baby in the family. We had the very great joy of introducing her to some things. I relished introducing her to Kiwi classic children’s books by Lynley Dodd, The Nickle Nackle Tree and the Hairy Maclary series.

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We took her to the beach for the very first time.

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We gave her first whole fruit to herself, a nectarine. She noshed big chunks out of it.

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We introduced her to badminton! She was a dab hand, straight away, at bashing the racket on the concrete and making dings in the rim.

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We taught her the art of selfies.

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We showed her how to wear a fetching Santa suit at the beach and make all the females swoon with adoration.

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Suffice to say, my granddaughter and I have bonded at last. I think it was better I was on holiday without the younger boys because it gave me the chance to focus on the baby.

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I returned to the city to collect my two youngest sons from the airport, and we were all home safe and sound by the evening of New Year’s Day.

I have had a little think about my intentions for the next twelve months and written them down in a notebook, which feels like a way of making myself accountable. Despite the doomsdayers and naysayers, I feel optimistic and excited about the year ahead. Life is what you make it, as my dear old dad always said, and I’ve started 2019 feeling refreshed and revitalised in every way.

Happy New Year to you and yours! Here’s to a rockin’ 2019!

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Talk to you later.

Keep on Creating!

Yvette K. Carol

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On the seventh day, God rested. His grandchildren must have been out of town. ~ Gene Perret

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Comments
  1. davidprosser says:

    She’s absolutely gorgeous Yvette. Obviously inherited some of Grandma’s great looks.
    Happy New Year
    xxx Hugs Galore xxx

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  2. Yvette- what a warm and wonderful holiday. I wish you and your beautiful, growing family many, many more!

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  3. Ronel Janse van Vuuren says:

    Aww. Your granddaughter is so cute! Thanks for sharing your pictures of your holiday 🙂

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  4. Lynn Kelley - Author says:

    Your boys are getting so big, Yvette! And that pic of your oldest son with the baby is heartwarming, indeed. She’s absolutely adorable. I’m so happy for you and your family. Cheers to a wonderful 2019! Happy New Year! May all your dreams come true!

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    • yvettecarol says:

      I know! Sam-the-man is taller than me, now, and it’s the strangest feeling!
      Thank you, and I wish you every blessing. How incredible it must be to have multiple grandchildren.
      Happy 2019, my friend!

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