Saturday, July 16, 2011

The little people

You might know that I have two grown up children (one unattached son) and David has four (one recently passed on). This means that we are likely to have a growing tribe of grandchildren as the years pass.

You haven't met  the little people in my family and I'm allowed to introduce you to some of them. Good excuse for a brag I think.
As you may know I spent a week in New Zealand recently and got to catch up with my children and grandchildren.

I couldn't believe how much Noah had grown and changed. He's normally very easy going, eats three breakfasts  ( like a Hobbit) and has a hissy fit when he has to leave the cool toy cars in the quilt shop which he thought they put there just for him. He'll be two next month.
Miss Ella is going to be turning four next month, she's a teeny tiny tot but has a personality that makes up for it. She's all about negotiation. She's very like me and her middle name is Janet after me.
The family lives across the road from their school and are responsible for looking after the chickens in the weekend in exchange for eggs. The school is very environmentally conscious and also has vegetable plots, a Macadamia nut tree and worm farms where a lot of the lunch scraps go.
I played around with my camera which does sketch shots and took this one of five year old Sophie.
Sophie is the kindest most caring young lady and has a fabulous sense of humour. She wants everyone to be happy and friends and is trying to grow her hair as long as the character in the Disney cartoon, Tangled.
Here are girls last year.
The eldest is Julia who is eleven, she's a very gentle soul and is thoughtful, kind and has the best manners in the world. She's very intelligent and is an avid reader, crafter and cheerleader.
That's the four on my side, David has another five grandchildren so we have nine together. We had his daughter's two year old Beth for the afternoon yesterday. Oh boy, she is hard to get a photo of but I managed. I'm trying to teach her to play on her own, it's not working.
Thanks for indulging me, today I get to sew so I'll be back very soon for some show and tell on the current project.

40 comments:

Annette said...

Beautiful kids. You have an awesome family.

Valentina said...

Oh such sweet happy kids, what a blessing! You can tell how much they are loved! :)

Oops-Lah said...

Lovely to meet the little people of your growing family. I can't wait to become a Nana, but not just yet ;).

Sharon said...

What a great group of kids, lots of fun in the years to come!

Lizzie said...

Gorgeous grandies Janet, I've got two of mine here (six and nine) for the weekend and thankfully, they do play on their own...
Lizzie
xxx

nicolette said...

Nice to meet the little ones in your family Janet, they all have such sweet faces,

Sue said...

Such beautiful little people. There's nothing better than spending time with grandies is there?

Shirley said...

My youngest daughter Sarah was very happy to play on her own but OH DEAR Rachel NEVER would. She always had to have someone to play with and now as an adult has to have a friend with her at all times. It is just the way they are. Your grandchildren look such happy little souls and yes I can see how much Noah has grown. I don't have any yet so I just have to content myself with sharing your joy in yours.

Kathie said...

ADORABLE!!!! oh my I can see why you want to go visit as often as possible, they grow so fast
Kathie

Nadine said...

Such a lovely family, Janet!
This is really THE BEST of life, isn't it ? ;>)
ENJOY, my friend !
XOXOXOXOXOXO
NADINE

Frog Quilter said...

BEATIFUL CHILDREN.

Stephanie said...

Lovely grandchildren. Such different personalities but we certainly wouldn't want them all to be the same. Love the sketch shot. That's very cool.

Crispy said...

Your grands are beautiful Janet!! Please feel free to brag any ol' time, I love watching kids grow up :0)

Crispy

Nyla said...

Lovely children. Such sweet blessings. Aren't grandchildren grand! Love the sketch shot, would be lovely framed.

Notjustnat said...

Beautiful little people. Gorgeous eyes in everyone of them! I love looking at children's eyes. They are so innocent. Thanks for sharing them with us Janet - Hugs Nat

Miriam said...

Beautiful Grandchildren, Janet!

*karendianne. said...

Now Janet!!! Can you hear me over at your house? I just wanted to be as loud as I can be because this is the BIGGEST treat ever. I mean - ever. And you've given us a lot of treats. Sharing your family is a real special gift. Thank you so, so much. What a true tree of life! I'm so glad you quilt and create such beautiful things as I'm confident they'll be held and treasured thru these little hands. You'll be honorably remembered & imagined just as today they're lovingly treasured. Ohhh you're so blessed!!!

Donna~~ said...

Cute cute! They look like so much fun--lucky you!

Cheri said...

Grandies (a new word I just learned over on Lizzie's blog) are just the best! You are blessed!

beebee said...

Thanks for the photos. Your grandchildren are beautiful. Grand kids are so much fun. I have two with one due in October.

Lori said...

Ah, what lovely children!!

taylorsoutback said...

Such sweet faces! You have every right to be proud! Love the red hair and fair complexion - my husband, being Australian, has that combo too (well...a little grayer now!) and he passed that on to our son - also called David...a good name, don't you agree!!

Grandchildren - someday I dream of...
You are blessed.

wishes, true and kind said...

Such a beautiful family!

Darlene said...

Oh Janet, the little people in your life are adorable! Thank you so much for sharing them with us.

Belinda said...

Oh, I LOVE little people!! I know you are soooo proud of yours!! What do they call you?

Terry said...

Awe...look at all those sweet faces! :0)

Janet said...

You have beautiful grandchildren! The sketch style picture is interesting - I have never seen that before.

Dixie said...

What sweet photos of your grandchildren - how wonderful that they get to take care of the chickens. Hoping to have some chickens and bees in my future!

Karen said...

You are so fortunate to have such rays of sunshine in your life. It was nice to meet some of your gorgeous grandbabies. Do they all have quilts from Nanny?

Julia said...

Such beautiful little people. There's nothing better than spending time with grandies ..mine are in their 20's now... first GS born turns 30 next month...they loved my button jar to play with...
where have the years gone...enjoy them while they are little!
Julia ♥

Mary said...

So precious! You have every reason to brag! And I bet they love you to pieces :)

Katie said...

Awwwww. Lovely little people! :-)

M and M plus 3 said...

Such precious gifts you were given!

julieQ said...

Makes everything worth it for sure, doesn't it!!

Robin said...

What a beautiful family! :)

pradera501 said...

HERMOSOS HIJOS, FELICITACIONES DESDE MONTEVIDEO-URUGUAY

Rachaeldaisy said...

Janet,
It's so lovely of you to introduce us to some of your grandchildren.

ranette said...

What sweeties!!! All of your little people are so cute and it was a pleasure to get to know them a little bit :)

Doris said...

I haven't had any success teaching my nephews to play alone either!!!

This is a wonderful post, they are just lovely, each one!

EileenKNY said...

OMG, Janet, they are all so beautiful! Each one has that spark in the eyes that lets you know they're going to love life to the fullest.
I have one grandson so far. He's 2 and I know exactly what you mean about learning to play-today he was pushing a mower and I had to go with him all over the house. Thing is, I know he won't want me as a playmate in a few years so I'm going to enjoy it.
You know you have fun with Beth; admit it. Does she like to watch you stitch?