You'll see that there are two 'December' posts - this one is mostly about our house.
As you know, Gumpie and I bought a small cottage in a retirement village called Sandown in 2015. We weren't ready to move there so we let the Douglas' continue to stay there but they moved out, the other lady who stayed there for a while passed away so now we are ready to move from our house into a smaller place. Its called 'down sizing'.
We decided to have one last Christmas in this house and put it up for sale after New Year. Sharon's aunty Dawn (Dennis' sister) is an agent with Wakefields so she will sell it for us.
Christmas was great because the Jeff and Gail and the Leaver boys came down, Laura, Gavin, Ben and Garth were there and we were altogether as a family at this house for the last time. You are always the Christmas Pixie helper!
After lunch you all played cricket on the path. The boys used to play regularly with friends and family.
Did you know that we bought our home in February 1969 so we will have been here for 50 years by the time we leave! Greg and your Dad were born and lived here until they left home in their 20's. You have spent every Christmas day since you were born in this house and most birthdays as well. Carling-darling and Jenna-Jay are buried at the bottom of the garden.
You loved walking around the garden and finding the 'helicopter' flowers on the Petrea, or the 'Yesterday, today and tomorrow." The azalea flowered down the path leading to the Granny flat.
This is the bed you slept in when you came for a sleepover. I stacked up pillows on chairs on the left side so you couldn't fall off and I slept on the right.
You liked to play on the veranda and we would paint, play with dolls, dress up and do other fun stuff.
When we had a braai it would be on the deck where the built-in braai is and in summer you could spend hours in the pool. Your fingers and toes would be like wrinkled prunes when you got out and you liked to have a hot bath in the main bathroom after swimming. We played 'Paralympics' and you always won the swimming events.
After your bath, you like to cuddle up on the couch in the lounge with a tablet or iPad and watch videos on Kidz-YouTube while the adults watched a rugby match in the TV room.
Sometimes, when you were smaller, we used to bake cupcakes for afternoon tea!
We have many happy memories of this house, especially since you came into our lives! Now we'll have to make memories in our new, smaller home, at Sandown Village.
Love you lots like Jelly-tots Em ♥