Thursday, 11 June 2009

Back in blogland

I am so behind with posts! Life seems to have got in the way of blogging.......but that's probably better than blogging getting in the way of life!

This is going to be a long post, with lots of family photos. For those of you who don't know us, I hope it isn't too boring. I've thrown in a few of the dogs for good measure so don't give up too soon.

Our family gathering was a once in a blue moon affair, the first time that my mum has been able to get all of her grandchildren together for a photo. My brother and family were over from Vancouver and my sister and her family came up from England. Ian, Lynne and Euan made it, despite a few hurdles, and Adam's uni exams had finished just in time for him to get here too.

All present and correct

All the grandchildren.
There is quite an age range, from Ian at 27 (and a dad himself) down to Elara who is 2.

Mum and her grandchildren, plus great grandson Euan.
Another grandchild is due in August and made it into the family group shot at the top, you can just about make out Nikki's bump - it's a handy resting place for Elara!

My brother Stuart.
His new camera is the same as mine and I've borrowed a couple of his photos for this post. (I have to admit to taking some lovely shots in totally the wrong light setting! Cue blue tinged grandchildren)


It was warm and sunny on our patio this day so we thought we'd take a trip to Roseisle beach............

.............where it was incredibly windy!!
Keep your hair on Euan!

A bit of wind wasn't bothering Euan though and he had a swinging time.

Off the beach and into the forest. No wind here.
LSH has an intellectual discussion about pine cones with Elara...........

..........which leads to unicorn impressions!


We visited the farm shop, the play area is a favourite, not to mention the coffee and cake.

Alex and Lewis getting a different perspective on things

Euan steers the pirate ship.....................

.....................and Elara peeks out from below


This was the last day that everyone was here and the weather was lovely

Testing the water on Hopeman beach (it was cold!!)

Euan wonders what Elara has.
"It's banana, do you want some?"

"Thanks, maybe I will.
Hmmm.......not too sure now"

"You dropped it in the sand Euan! It'll be all crunchy now!"

Lewis had great fun kicking the football up and down the dunes with his big cousins.

Looks like Euan is ready to catch.

Big shoes to fill

Elara gives us a smile

Alex had fun with Jana

Dune surfing

Elara looks tickled pink!

Euan tickled too

Stuart took this one of Euan doing jazz hands. Wonder if he's thinking of a career on the stage?


Another day and a trip to Duffus castle with Adam and the paps

Hebe, hot and happy

Downhill racers


Back on Hopeman beach

I love this photo.
Lewis's face is a little dark but I hope you can see the gleeful expression he has on it
(click to enlarge)

Alex jumps for joy too

Adam can't resist it..........

........and nor can Jana


We had a show last Saturday, it was my local one, being only 6 miles down the road. It was great not having the usual early start! There were no great wins in the ring for the paps but Jana did manage to win one of her classes. It was a very warm day and we were indoors so it made the run through the fields afterwards all the more enjoyable.

Pansy with her ball
"This is more like it!"

Happy smiley people


Prospero said...

Great family photos. Gotta love the unicorn impression!

And then the dogs.... those sweet, sweet dogs!

BCxFour said...

I simply adore the picture of "Euan ready to play catch". What a treasure all those pictures are. Your entire family is lovely and it is making me long for grandchildren!

Wait, NO I did not just say that! My oldest daughter is only 21. She is entirely too young. Guess I just need to have more babies - Wait...I DID NOT say that either! Five was MORE than enough.

Okay, I need to stop looking at adorable baby pictures. Need to remember they turn into teenagers and they are no longer sweet and adorable.

I the pictures of the dogs and the castle. Gorgeous.


jabblog said...

Wonderful photographs of a time never to be forgotten. What gorgeous happy children in such lovely surroundings. I love the shot of Euan with his wind-blown hair and the one of 'big shoes to fill.'

Suldog said...

What a fine-looking bunch of humans!

RockstarJen said...

What a treat to be introduced to the entire family! Kids at the beach is almost as cool as dogs at the beach. ;)

Love the shots of the little ones jumping. Very cool.

Samantha ~ Holly and Zac ~ said...

Those are lovely photo's. I do love seeing pix of dogs on blogs but it is also really nice to see pix of the family's too.

Thanks for sharing them, it looks like you all had a great time together.

Have a great weekend.

Honey the Great Dane said...

So nice to have you back! We missed you!! And it's lovely learning more about your family - I mean, I know it's supposed to be the dogs' blogs but it is very nice to know a bit more about their owners too! :-) What beautiful photos! I love the ones of everyone jumping in mid-air. And the kids are just gorgeous - they look like they're modelling in a kids clothing catalogue! Hee! hee!

Hsin-Yi (& Honey the Great Dane)

Dot O said...

I loved this story in pictures!!! The kids and pups are beautiful!

karensbrae said...

The picture of Elara is really good. What a lovely name.

Jo said...

What a pleasure to "meet the family" The children are too precious. I love the one of Euan with windswept hair. And the two littlies sharing a banana! Oh and the dogs are gorgeous. Too much. This post was absolutely wonderful. Thanks for sharing and welcome back!

Amber and Nala said...

How fun to have all of the family together! Great photos to treasure and what cute kiddos too. :)

magiceye said...

that was great bonding time!!

Have started a new meme Pet Pride where you can display your or your friends' pets every week beginning every Sunday! Do join in and share your pet pride with the world!

Kess And Her Mama said...

Welcome back. Thanks for sharing the photos of your family with us. It's a grand reunion and the kids are adorable. Good to see the pics of the dogs at the end too.

Anonymous said...

Lovely post! And gorgeous pictures too - the bit about the pine cone made me laugh :D

Dina ... UK said...

A lovely family series, I loved Lewis's face expression. lol
Priceless pic's...:-)

J Bar said...

Great shots.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Gayle said...

Beautiful family, countryside and dogs! You lived a blessed life! :)