Friday, March 8, 2013

It's too quiet around here.....

It has been such a lovely couple of months with rellies..... and I am back from my blogging break...

taken at Australia Zoo

The last couple of weeks was a special treat..... all of my four children were here with us - first time in 5 years


My eldest daughter was flown out by my son as a surprise - she had to leave her partner and 3 children so it was very special to have her and also my son and partner joined us from Cairns, and there is a daughter who lives nearby
~ there are no words to describe what a lovely time was had ~
~ or words to describe how empty the house feels now ~

I did have a birthday in February and the girls took me out for breakfast...... 


Can you believe I had to wait to open presents?

My DIL is a member of the present police and as soon as a card or parcel arrived she took them and hid them.....
this year for the first time in aaaaggggeeesss I opened present ON my birthday!
(which was fun I have to agree!)

Marina sent me a hexie purse... I have so admired hers and lusted after them ..... 
here it is with the lovely fabric wrapping and a special gumnut keyring....

It is just awesome and look at the detail... a little 'F' and thimble in those miniature hexies....


Michelle also sent me a wonderful personalised gift - look at this awesome journal.... and her new set of alphabet patterns... which I was lusting after too!!!


Marina and Michelle are both stitching friends who I met through blogland.... and have been lucky enough to meet in person too..... thanks for my lovely gifts you two naughty friends

There are so many fun pictures we have and we seemed to have done lots..... I'm sure some will surface as I go through it all, and I did manage an incy wincy bit of hand sewing.....

Righto, Gotto Go...... a beautiful, sunny Queensland day.... after rain, rain, rain whilst we had overseas rellies to stay!!!! .....

36 comments:

Anthea said...

Oh Fiona, lots of precious family times have been had - and your birthday too! What a lovely family pic of you all. May great memories for you, I'm sure x

Christine M said...

Happy Birthday Fiona! How lovely for you to have all your children spend time with you together. That was so lovely of your son to arrange for his sister to come visit too. Glad to have you back from your break. Hugs, Christine

Sharon - Lilabelle Lane said...

What an amazing time to spend with your children. Beautiful photo. Happy Birthday also, hugs xx

Anonymous said...

wow Fiona what a wonderful surprise to have all your children there,you would have been in heaven ,that is so nice.
Happy birthday my dear friend i didnt realize your birthday was in feb,hope you had an awesome day,it has been very quiet without you i have missed you my friend,its good to have you back.xx

Jeanette said...

Wonderful for you to have your family together. Lovely pressies. Hugs,xx.

Michelle Ridgway said...

What a very special time for you all. Your family photo is gorgeous. I am sure you must be really feeling it now the house is empty. We were not very hospitable weather wise that's for sure. I am so glad you had a great birthday. I have missed you :-)

Tracee Perry said...

Happy Birthday! I'm so glad that you and your family had such a fantastic time together.

Susan said...

You had a great time despite the weather - but what a shame for the visitors - not such a bad idea to keep all your mailed gifts til the special day. Enjoy the peace & quiet.

WoolenSails said...

That is a wonderful photo of your family. I love the alphabet piece.

Debbie

helbel19 said...

How wonderful for you to have your family together .......I'll bet its quiet.

Helen

marina said...

glad to have you back from your little break.
wonderful family photo!
I am sure you treasured every moment of the time spent together.
(I forgot to ask you if you noticed the 'f', glad you picked it up)

Margaret Stickland said...

Too hot to put the kettle on , but a long cool glass of Ginger Beer hits the spot. Love your new header board. Family great days and lovely pic. Belated Happy Birthday

Jennifer said...

So glad you had your family round you for your birthday! Belated wishes from me too, and it's good to have you back.

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Happy Belated Birthday to you dear Fiona! Wow, how lovely to have everybody together.....such very special times for you all!

Maria said...

How wonderful to have had all your children toghter and I do know how you feel now...
I always make myself very busy when the family go..
The brekky looks yummy..
Oh I have lusted over the beautiful hexie purse at Marina's too and now I lust over yours...
Lovely gifts from Michelle too..

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Susan said...

How wonderful to have all your children together....lots of happy memories made. Lovely gifts from the girls too.

Chrissie said...

How fabulous for you to enjoy your whole family together, lots of fun time and wonderful memories. How special for your to celebrate your birthday with everyone too. Belated birthday wishes from me.

Mistea said...

Lucky you - special time with family to celebrate your day and pretty gifts from friends.
Enjoy your peace.

Sheila said...

Happy Birthday Fiona, lucky you to have all of your family together , that is the best gift a person could ask for !Lovely presents from Michelle and Marina :-) Hugs Sheila

Terry said...

I love the journal you got, and the patterns for the alphabet stitcheries! Happy belated birthday! :0)

Love Bears All Things said...

A late Happy Birthday to you, Fiona!
I know you had a special time with your family....Sunshine here today, too!
Mama Bear

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Happy belated birthday...lovely family photo...and gorgeous gifts...

Cheryll said...

Oh I'm a NauGHTy girl NOT saying HaPPy BirthDaY before this! But here it is...
HaPPy BirTHDaY FioNa! xxxxxxx

katherine said...

Great to see you back and hear about your wonderful time with your family. Happy Birthday too!

Val Spiers said...

What a great photo with all the generations. Your gifts are beautiful.

Jindi's Cottage said...

Welcome back! How fun for you to have everyone to stay at the same time...Happy Birthday for February...your daughter-in-law is too funny hiding your presents, nice for you to have them to open on the actual day though...and they were certainly worth waiting for, gorgeous, enjoy...

Grammasheri said...

It is so wonderful to have all your family together. And a birthday celebration, lovely gifts from sweet friends. You've been spoiled, Fiona! Isn't it fun? Now, you just need to dive into a grand, noisy project to get rid of that "too quiet" feeling!

Jane Galley said...

So glad you all had a lovely time, but it's nice to see you back again. Have fun going through the photos and remembering all the fun

The Mayo Family said...

Beautiful family~
Blessings~
Lori

Sunnybec said...

If you had rellies from the UK they will have brought the rain with them! I always hate it when everyone goes home, the house is always so quiet, but how wonderful that all your family got together, a memory to cherish. Hugs xx

Too many eggs said...

how wonderful to have all your family together...
i know when Miss M and Just M come home it is always wonderful and they only live 10mins away......so to have everyone from overseas would we fabulous

love love love your purse and the alphabet stitcheries

Narelle said...

Lovely to have you back in blogland :)
Such a beautiful family and how wonderful to be all together, especially for your birthday. Belated wishes to you xx

Charlie and Wendy said...

It must feel quiet after such a lovely houseful, wonderful family photo! Happy birthday, you gifts are gorgeous, hugs Wendy

Deb R said...

There is nothing like family to bring a smile to your face...Happy Belated birthday Fiona xx

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