Sunday, April 2, 2017

MARCH 2017

Hello darling Em,

What a busy month you've had!  Swimming gala, drama, dancing, fancy dress, sports, uncle Steven came to visit .... phsew, every week was something!

                              You were a girl from the country in your Wellies and straw hat.


 And then you wore the lovely ethnic Zulu outfit Gogo gave you to a fancy dress


You did well at your swimming gala


 Uncle Steven came to visit and we all went out with Jeff and Gail, Denis and Rita, 
Laura and Gavin to Chez Nous in Westville


I had a small operation to my left knee to release a tight band called the ITB.  I can't dance with you or do taining walks for a few weeks but will soon be back to walking around the block with you.


 Gumpie and I went to iMfolozi for a weekend.  While we were in the park the clutch on the X-trail came loose and we had to have the car towed to Richards Bay.  Your Dad offered to collect the car from the garage there on Saturday and you three spent the night with us at iMfolozi in a 5-bed cottage.  The next day we went Game viewing in your car.  It was fun being with you all in the park!





At the last assembly you were called up for a special certificate!  You also won the 'Teacher's Helper' badge during the term.  We are all so pleased that you are having fun this year, Em.  You have done so well that you no longer have to go to Speech or to Remedial, unless there are new things that you need help with.



Now - imagine this!! Mom and Dad want to do a family walk on the Camino next year in the July holidays!  Gail wants to go with, and Brian and Craig.  We'll wait and see how many people actually join the walk next year.  But int he meantime you are walking-training and when you come to our place we allow you to walk slowly on the treadmill, under supervision.



You will be spending a week in Johannesburg with Jeff and Gail during the Easter holidays and I know that you are looking forward to that.

Lots and lots of hugs and kisses my darling!

FEBRUARY 2017

Darling Em,

You had a busy month with Kevin and Jacks visiting with their baby Riley, school parties, and plays.


The modern take on a little girl reading the baby a story - from your Doodle Pad!



In February Gumpie and I celebrated 50 years of going steady!  We have been married for 48 years but have been together since 1967.


You made a fabulous pirate!

And just look how cool you were for this photo-shoot!

Whenever you come to visit you always ask if you can visit the doggies - Dax, Josie and Peach - who belong to Delano and Jacques.  They live in the flatlet.   Josie is you favourite because she doesn't jump as much as Dax and Peach is inclined to keep to herself.  I also love Josie the best.  She is a submissive little girlie and loves to be cuddled.



Of course, you often bring Muffy to visit as well but she isn't really interested in the other dogs.  She likes to go out and say hello but then she wants to come straight back inside again.

I think Patty is smiling in heaven when she sees you, Mark and Tammy with Muffy and I think she is especially happy when she sees you and me taking Muffy for walks around the block.

I love you Miss Emily - I love you more than Jelly Tots!