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Monday, February 21, 2011

A WEEKEND SURPRISE

It was Bill's Birthday this weekend and our eldest daughter, Carol, came from Sydney to celebrate her dad's birthday. It was such a wonderful surprise. Her husband, David, had actually been in Brisbane on a job during the week and Carol thought it would be fun to join him and us for the weekend. Carol had been working in Auckland, NZ all week. She then flew to Sydney, swapped work clothes for holiday clothes and then flew to Brisbane. (Talk about a jet setting family)

 On Friday and Saturday they were happy just to sit around and chat after their hectic working week. We enjoyed the quality time with them. On Sunday we had a birthday lunch at our favourite chinese restaurant, Kam Koon, in Springwood. It was the hottest day of summer so far 35C/95F, we were glad of the air conditioning in the restaurant.

 Then it was time for them to pack up and return to the airport and Sydney. David had a hire car, while he had been here working. He has been making an information audio, with interviews, sounds, and music for the history of the Power House Theatre building.

Carol, is designing a big building in Auckland.

Bye, bye lovely couple. Hope to see you again soon.

 In the meantime the other two/three, Sonya, Bernie and Fox, are still waiting for USA customs to deal with their visa.  The visa has been approved but they have to fly back to Sydney from Melbourne for an interview and sign the papers. It has taken them 5 months of waiting so far. They have given up their apartment and are now couch surfing until they can get on a plane for LA. It is all a bit unsettling for Buebli.

27 comments:

  1. So glad you got to enjoy Bill's birthday wekend with your daughter, Carol and SIL :) And sorry to hear your other little family are still being tugged from pillar to post! Hopefully all will soon be sorted out and they can be on their way, as all the delays must be very frustrating, especially with a little baby in the mix.

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  2. happy birthday Bill. lunch looks delicous. how lovely to see your daughter and sil :)

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  3. Happy Birthday Bill!

    Diane, that's great that your daughter and her hubby got to join you and Bill for the celebration. They sound like a very busy couple.

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  4. Happy belated birthday, lieber Bill! Alles Gute, Gesundheit und weiterhin viel Spass bei Deinen Hobbies. Ich freue mich mit Dir, dass Du im Kreise Deiner Lieben feiern konntest. Ich denke, Dein Enkel und seine Eltern, die sich in L.A. befinden, haben auch an Dich gedacht.

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  5. Happy Birthday to Bill and enjoyed the photos of your weekend with Carol and David. Hope Sonya, Bernie and Fox get settled soon. Those visa wheels turn a little too slowly at times.

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  6. Great that Carol has an important job. Next time you visit Auckland, you will be able to point out where that big building is, just like my husband always does.

    Before I read your commentary, I thought, you are having a Chinese meal. Looks delicious. Do you often eat Chinese?

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  7. Diane how lovely that Carol and S.I.L.made the effort to shae in Bill's birthday celebrations. Belated birthday wishes Bill.
    Hope the 'other' family get things sorted quickly. As you mentioned, it would be a little unsettling for the 'little' one however, on the up side, guess he is being loved to bits.

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  8. A nice weekend you had with the birthday and the children. Hope the visa will be given soon for the other family.

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  9. I like your tabs under the header. I've been thinking about doing that but I probably don't have enough going on in my blog to go to that much thinking.

    Annnnd....what a fun weekend for you all. So great that you have a wonderful family.

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  10. What a great surprise for Bill's birthday. Diane, you have a wonderful family. I hope the visa happens soon, it sounds like a stressful time.

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  11. Happy Birthday to your husband and you all looks well. Lovely to see your photos of your family....and I do hope your other daughter and her husband can soon get all that red tape done and fly off....though I know you will miss them.

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  12. Happy Birthday Bill - that was a lovely surprise. xxx

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  13. Hi Diane, and Happy Birthday to Bill! It does seem you have a very jet setting family! And three of them will soon be just a few miles from me...amazing!

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  14. What a perfect birthday present for Bill! I am so happy Carol was able to come for his birthday. It looks like you all had a fine time.

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  15. What a wonderful surprise! You are {always} look so happy and so filled with love and respect for each other! That.=, my dear friend, is really something to be proud of!

    Happy Birthday (belated) to your darling Bill ;-D

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  16. Happy Birthday, Bill.... Sounds like a perfect birthday with a visit from one of your beautiful daughters... That is so special...

    Glad they came--and glad you all had a wonderful time together-despite the HEAT...

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  17. What a lovely surprise and a perfect birthday weekend!

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  18. It's wonderful that your daughter and her husband came to help Bill celebrate his birthday. It sounds as if you had a wonderful weekend. I hope the visas for your other daughter come through quickly.

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  19. What a wonderful birthday Bill had. Lovely photo of you all at the restaurant. I am almost certain it's my in-laws favourite Chinese restaurant as well. Boy wasn't it so hot and humid on the weekend Di. Hopefully the visa issues can be sorted out promptly. xx

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  20. Carol just radiates with happiness. She is gorgeous and her fella seems sweet. Wonderful for you all to share Bill's birthday together.

    Your blog seems to get more and more polular!

    Lyss

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  21. That is the kind of surprise Mums and Dads enjoy.

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  22. Belated birthday greetings to Bill. So nice that part of your family could make it to the celebration. I love your header shot.

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  23. What a wonderful birthday surprise ! I forgot that you drive on the "wrong" side in Australia, lol ! I was wondering why Carol had no steering wheel !
    As long as Buebli is with his mom and Dad I think he doesn't really realize. Dario and little family are coming on Friday evening, it will be the first time I have little Toby here. Makes me a little nervous !

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  24. Hoping Carol's building has survived the dreadful earthquake in NZ. What terrible news from your part of the world - it goes on.

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  25. Happy birthday to Bill! What a nice surprise for Carol and her husband to be there for his birthday! I hope Sonya and Bernie's visa comes through soon! That is a long time to wait.

    We take off Thursday evening..very excited!

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  26. A Happy Belated Birthday to Bill!
    What a lovely family!
    Time spent with family no matter how long or short is always sweet.
    Sure hope Sonya and Bernie's troubles are over soon. The US really needs to revamp a lot of things - five months is too long.

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  27. Was so nice to come home for a relaxing Birthday weekend
    Thanks for having us
    xxx

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