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Thursday, 6 January 2011

Few Holiday Snaps and Sad News.....

Hey everyone, so nice to be back in blogland. I hope you all had a fantastic christmas and wishing you a very Happy New Year.
We had an amazing time in Mauritius. I jut love going back there and the weather was again hot, hot, hot. Swan with Dolphins and went to a deserted island. No disasters and have come home with a lovely tan. So I've posted a few piccies, with over 600 it was hard to narrow down, so I may post a few better ones at some stage.
Also had some very sad news yesterday. My husbands Grandmother passed away yesterday afternoon. Its very upsetting and am just coming to terms with the news. She was 93 and enjoyed life as much as she could. Were off to Las Vegas next week and then the funeral when we get back so although I may do a bit of hopping I hope you understand I'm really not up to crafting right now. Its not been the best start to the new year and Daniel had a bad day again at school yesterday but hopefully a few days away without the children and the funeral behind us we can start afresh and I hope to be back in full craft mode after all this.
So I'll stop babbling and hope to catch up with some of your blogs.
Here are a few piccies and I really hate having my photo taken, not photogenic at all!

(Me and Hubby)

(The Pool Area)

(Daniel on the Beach Christmas Day for Balloon Launch)

(The Balloon Launch)

(Zoe Decorating the Christmas Log)

(Hubby and Children, Zoe just received her pressie from Santa)

Thanks for stopping by today and have a good weekend




angelwhispers said...

Sorry to hear your sad news Claire. My thoughts are with you and your family Love Chanelle xxxx

Miria said...

Hi, Claire. I'm happy to know you had a good time in Mauritius and Daniel as well. Sorry you lost your hubby's Granny. hope you all be better soon. Hugs, Miria

Lil Daffodil said...

Hi Claire,
I am so pleased that you had a good holiday but I am so sad that you came back to sad news. It sounds as though you will have many memories to share. Take care.
Fiona x

Julie said...

Hi Claire - lovely to have you back and see your fab pics!! Sorry that you had to come back to such sad news though. Thanks so much for my Xmas card - a beauty!! Really sorry I didn't send one back - I just ran out of time in the end!! Take care, Juliexx

Tracy said...

Love your photo's, but sorry to hear your sad news.
Tracy x

Linda . J said...

Sorry to hear you sad news Claire my thought are with you and the family.

Glad you posted the pics and it looks like you all had a fab time, the place looks beautiful.
Hugs Linda x

Bubbles said...

Hi Claire, wow your holiday looks amazing, great photo's. So sorry to hear of your sad news, such a shame.
I hope you can still have a nice time in Las Vegas.
Joanne x

Vanja said...

Hi Claire! I'm glad to hear you had a great time on Mauritius! Happy New Year! Thanks for sharing the photos, they are wonderful.
Sorry to hear your sad news.

Nicki said...

Welcome back hun, glad you had a lovely holiday but so sorry you've come back to such sad news. Take care sweetie.

Hugs, Nicki, xx

Fleur said...

Claire, so sorry about your sad news, Thinking of you & your family
Hugz Fleur xXx


Hi Claire
Sorry to hear of your sad news and your pics are fabulous glad you had a great time,Happy New year to you and your family
Hugs Dianne xx :)

Sian said...

Glad you had a lovely holiday / christmas, shame you didn't bring the weather back with you. Great photos and thanks for sharing.
Sorry to hear about DH's grandmother, you and yours are in my thoughts and prayers (( hugs ))

Joey said...

Welcome Back and Au Revoir again! I hope you manage to have a nice time in Las Vegas even though it will be tinged with sadness, so sorry to hear about your hubbys grandmother hun biggest of hugs to you all.xxxx

If its any consolation Niall has been a nightmareeeeee for school! Hope things settle for Daniel soon. Lots of Love xxxx

celia said...

Hi Claire,ondanks het slechte nieuws van je mans grootmoeder wil ik je toch nog het allerbeste wensen voor een schitterend 2011!!!
Plezant om lezen en zien dat je een geweldige tijd op Mauritius had, spijtig dat je het met minder goed nieuws moest afsluiten ;-(
Ik hoop vlug mooie dingen van je te mogen zien maar neem al de tijd die nodig is...wij wachten wel!
Heel veel liefs,Celia.

pinky said...

Claire the pics are just gorgeous, how sunny and bright is that! Glad you have a great time. So sorry to hear your news. 93 is a great old age to get to though. I hope you all cope with the funeral:( and that daniel settles down in school again.

Tineke's hobby said...

I am so pleased that you had a good holiday
so sorry about your sad news, Thinking of you and your family

Christina said...

Lovely pictures Claire! Welcome back! Sorry to hear about grandma!
Hugs Kristel

nessy said...

claire just sending you and your family many,many hugs..... glad to see you all had a wonderful holiday
thinking of you
vanessa xx

Nannieflash said...

Hi Claire, Im so sorry to hear about your loss, I do wish you and your hubby my love and prayers. I love your photos they certainly look a lot warmer than the ones we took over Xmas, youve really been such a lucky girl, and i love the photo of you and hubby to. Im not to keen on my photo being taken either, no good for a model, not that I would be anyway, to fat.
Good luck with the trip to Las Vegas, and yes I understand why your not feeling like blog hopping. Take care with love and huge hugs Shirleyxxx

Delphine said...

Hello, Claire! I am so sorry to hear about your loss, thinking of you and sending you lots of love and hugs, Delphine xx
PS: Thanks for sharing your photos, they are fab!

Tracey T said...

Hi Claire, hope you're feeling a bit better today. The photos are lovely! Chin up,love - sending you enormous hugs, Tracey x

having a {me} day said...

Sorry to hear of your sad news Claire. Beautiful photos. Enjoy your trip! keeleyxx

Macpurp said...

I am so sorry for your family's loss.

The photos you have posted are beautiful.
love Teen xx

An Occasional Genius said...

Your holiday looks truly wonderful, I'm sorry to hear your sad news though. My thoughts are with your family , take care xx

Terry said...

Hiya CLaire, so sorry to hear the news about grandma..one thing she had had a long long life....cherish the memories and I will be thinking of you. Love your pictures wow the picture from you and hubby is nothing strange though. Love that picture. Thank you for sharing Claire. Hugs Terry xxxx

Faye said...

Mwah, mwah!! xx

Kim. said...

Sorry to hear your sad news, please pass my regards to your hubby. Glad you had a lovely holiday and Christmas. Daniel will hopefully settle back into school routine soon and a few days away for you will be great.
Kim xXx

Marion said...

Hi Claire, Glad you had a lovely holiday but was sorry to hear of your loss. It takes time to absorb news like this. Take care

Val said...

Dearest Claire

Iam so sorry to hear of your family's loss. Take care

Wishcraft said...

So sorry to hear your news Claire. Great holiday pics - I avoid having my photo taken too! Lisa x

Sarpreet said...

Gorgeous picture - sorry for your loss - I love your blog. Sorry I have not been around in a while. I also wanted to wish you a very Happy New year - if I have not already done so.

Jules said...

Hi Claire

So sorry to hear of your sad news .. .. but 94 is one amazing life to live. Wouldn't we all like to think we could be around for that length of time.

I am also sorry Daniel is not having a good time either.

He probably had too good a holiday and is struggling to adjust to his old routine! Your holiday pictures look amazing.

Will be thinking of you.

Love Jules xx

Kerry said...

Hi Claire,

I am so sorry to hear your sad news, not a great start to the New Year, but I hope things pick up for you.

I am glad you had agreat holiday.

Can't wait to see your creations.

Love Kerry xxx

Chris said...

Sorry to read the sad news Claire and not the best start to 2011, I hope the trip to Vegas peps you up a bit and that the year gets better from now. Hugs, Chris... oh and you most certainly are photogenic :D, a gorgeous pic. xx


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