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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

ALL GOOD THINGS COME TO AN END

We have returned home to Queensland after spending two weeks over Christmas in Victoria with our daughter, Sonya and her in laws. On Boxing Day our other daughter, Carol-Ann and her husband, David flew from Brisbane to join us. They had already flown from Sydney to Brisbane to be with David's parents for Christmas Day. 
 It was wonderful to have our whole family in the one place even though it was only for a few days before we flew home to Brisbane, Sonya and family flew back to L.A. and Carol and David flew back to Sydney.

 On our last day together we went to lunch at the Portsea Hotel situated close to the tip of Mornington Peninsula. The views from the hotel's garden restaurant was very pleasing. There was space for the children to play while we waited for lunch to be served. Banjo sees the grass is greener on the other side of the fence.




Fox finds a friend who teaches him to climb a tree. He wasn't too sure about being up high.


Then it was time to eat. Banjo wants more spaghetti

 After lunch its time for ice cream for good little boys.
 He looks a bit sad but I think it was just a cold lump going down gave him that expression.

Our last meal all together for.... who knows how long. After lunch we drove back to Melbourne and the airport.

My girls.....how I love them! You can't get much bigger sunglasses.
 But first some photos for the memories. My DSLR is in need of repair so all these photos were taken with my iPhone or Sony Cyber Shot point and shoot.

Carol-Ann and husband, David.

Our lovely daughters and charming sons in law.

Sonya and Bernie have just arrived back in LA. Carol and David are holidaying in Melbourne for a few more days and we are getting back into routine at home.

31 comments:

  1. Diane you will have lovely memories; beautiful photographs. Are you getting used to working without a DSLR or are you busting to have it back into action again?

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  2. Lovely memories of a wonderful time together. Wish you all the best for the new year.

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  3. everyone looks so very happy, what a wonderful way to spend the holidays. love those ice cream faces.

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  4. oh i got all emotional. it's that time of the year. you'll see them all again soon i'm sure. what a stunning view from the hotel and your little grandsons couldn't get any cuter. lovely memories until next time

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  5. Great memories there.
    A very happy family, it certainly comes through.
    Let's hope it's not too long when you all can be together once more.

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  6. Isn't it great that both families could share the time together rather than it being split between in laws.

    You get to see the family rather a lot despite them being at a distance.

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  7. Happy New Year Diane you have such a rich full life with family. You are truly the luckiest girl in the world. Beautiful Photos. Hug B

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  8. Diane, so glad you all had a happy Christmas holiday together. You do have a beautiful family..Banjo and Fox are just adorable.. Great memories..Enjoy your day!

    Happy New Year to you and the family!

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  9. What a wonderful family time this looks like! Your girls are just beautiful, and love that tearful shot of the little one with the cold lump going down his throat. HOpe you get your DSLR fixed soon. When mine had to be sent off, I ended up with a new camera as I could not stand being without my camera for 6 weeks. Happy New Year, and you have definitely started off with a wonderful holiday time!

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  10. what lovely memories of a wonderful time together, diane!

    happy new year! i wish all your wishes are fulfilled this year!

    xoxo

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  11. i have no doubt that those few days meant the world to you. how very sweet!

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  12. Well darn. And here I am in LA and I should have gone to visit them. After all, I feel like a relative even if I'm not. It's been very hot here except for the nights. My favorite thing while I was here was whale watching. Going back to Phoenix tonight. *sigh*

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  13. Happy New Year, Diane! Your family is beautiful. So glad you got to spend some quality time together before everyone flew hither and yon! All the best to you and Bill in 2014.

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  14. What a wonderful Christmas being all together as a family

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  15. These family shots make me smile! You need to blow up that first one and frame it - love the way everyone is so happy. Looks like your holidays were joy filled!

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  16. Wonderful photos. Did anyone ever tell you your daughters have your smile?
    And the little boys are just adorable. I love the "grass is greener" picture. Just great.
    Happy New Year!
    K

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  17. I'm glad you had the whole family together for a few days.

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  18. Happy New Year, Diane! Beautiful images of a memorable holiday with your family. I love the icecream shots, so cute. Hope you don't miss the little ones too much now you are home.

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  19. I'm glad you were able to all be together to celebrate Christmas! Your grandsons are so adorable and it looks like you all had a wonderful time and enjoyed some beautiful warm weather.

    PS: Your phone takes wonderful photos I would not have known these were not DSLR if you did not mention it.

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  20. Your daughters are beautiful! Lovely to see all these family photos. I can see the happiness you all shared being together.

    Happy New Year, Diane.

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  21. Your daughters are beautiful! Lovely to see all these family photos. I can see the happiness you all shared being together.

    Happy New Year, Diane.

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  22. As the family all go their own ways once more, you always have your memories to look back on Diane. It was wonderful that you could all get together.

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  23. What wonderfully happy photographs - they have family written all through them. A very happy new year to you Diane.

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  24. Sounds like you had a great time together and so good to meet up with all the family. Have a great 2014 t'other Diane

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  25. Awwww.....must have been really tough to leave Diane! Here's hoping the next family gathering will be in the not too distant future. Happy New Year to you all :)

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  26. What a store of lovely happy family memories you have made.

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  27. Back to reality -- but what wonderful memories and you got some great family pictures. Thanks for sharing. Enjoyed in the earlier post too seeing what a family Christmas is like there!

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  28. How wonderful to gather family from all corners to share some time together at Christmas. That's what it's all about, isn't it? And what a perfect venue the Mornington Peninsula makes - such a delightful part of the world. Your post and pictures remind me I really must return.

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  29. It was so nice to all be together if only for a short time!

    That's a creepy shot of little Foxy!

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  30. Enjoyed your blog post.

    Happy New Year to you. May it be all that and more :-)

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  31. What an absolutely lovely family you have. Those babies are growing so very fast!

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