Sunday, July 15, 2012

A wonderful week

The point of our trip was a family get-together for my Dad's 70th birthday. I have two sisters, one brother and seven nieces and nephews ranging in age from 2 to 21 - and we haven't all been together in many many years. So Dad made us commit to doing something for his milestone birthday, but realised that if he wanted us to actually hang out together for any length of time we needed to get away. So - because he is both generous and a genius - he paid for us all to have a week on the Gold Coast. We drove up and the others flew over from NZ - Dad, four kids, three kids-in-law, three granddaughters, six grandsons and a delightfully laid back exchange student from Mexico.

We had a great time. Hung out by the pool, had seven meals a day, visited a few theme parks, walked on the beach, went shopping and tried to co-ordinate the sleeping and eating schedules of toddlers, teenagers and the middle-aged. This is me feeding the lorikeets at Currumbin Wildlife Park.

 The boys just loved hanging with their cousins, big and small. The last day was photo day - the men in our family run to a certain physical type of fat little toddlers, gangly boys, lanky teenagers and tall solid men. So here is the evolution in action .... although careful perusal may show an exchange student :)

The week went unbelievably quickly - my family are all really nice people who know how to have a good time. I have never understood those families that say Christmas always ends in a fight, or half the siblings are holding grudges or not talking. How on earth does that work? And why?


  1. i am so glad you had a nice family visit! i never did understand the way people fight within families, either, although sometimes there is some of that on one part of my family. consequently, i try not to stay at that family members for any length of time, which really is sad. on an upbeat note, i would have passed out from fright (okay, so my weird sense of humor calls that upbeat...) if that lorakeet had been on my head! they sure are pretty birds, though. take care of yourself!

  2. I quite agree. My family are all nice too.

    (That's not how we dress for winter in Scotland. In fact, that would be a good summer day here, or at least a better-than-normal one. I am currently wearing a wooly cardigan.)