20 Oct 2014


We had our son and grandson here over the weekend. They arrived Friday evening from Amsterdam.

After breakfast, he started to play with the new little cars with an adequate carpet Mr. G. had bought for him, this kept him very busy for a while.

When both men decided to go shopping, he didn't want to go with them and preferred to stay with me.

He discovered the little vacuum cleaner I keep in the kitchen and started to vacuum the whole house, especially Mr. G's bed, which apparently seemed very dirty to him. I never had such a good little helper !

The sun was shining and it was a real summer day and very warm. Amazing for mid October ! We had 24°C (77 F)!

So he could play outside and hadn't forgotten the croquet set I kept in the shed. The tricycle I had bought for him, he didn't like apparently. The croquet game didn't last long as Dad wanted to show him how to really play and he just wanted to shoot the balls. Amazing is, that he put everything back in the bag and tried to carry it in the shed again. His father at the same age would have left everything there were it was !

The little tractor I had bought him, on which he had driven around since he was 2 (now he will be 4 in November) had become far too small but he tried hard to squeeze on the seat and drove around.

When his Dad came back from his shopping, 

What a wonderful surprise, he had bought at big bike ! Was he happy !

In the afternoon we decided to go to the Domain of Huizingen which also has a huge playground for kids. Feeding little goats, making 4 turns on the carousel and having an icecream,

He did some jumping while my son and I watched him "flying". Then we returned home.

I had my theater play in the evening, and went with Ilona and Nicole. It was a very funny play and and we liked it very much. Before we had our supper in the Theater restaurant. The 3 men meanwhile also went out eating. When I came back I found Mr. G. for once not in bed but still up, together with my son and his friend around some glasses of wine and in a very joyful mood ! I went to bed and Mr. G. too, I don't know for how long the two friends celebrated with their glasses sitting outside in the garden !

The next morning, as all little kids do, they get up far too early for the parents, especially when they had celebrated the night before. My son half asleep, handed me over Toby and returned to bed ! It's nice to be for a while without  parental duties !

Toby speaks only Dutch but he understands most of what I say in French. During his breakfast  the words he didn't know I made a little drawing for example a bone, when I told him that dog Charlie eats big bones. That was a lot of fun. After that I put him in front of the TV with his breakfast and he watched Tom & Jerry. The good thing is that grandparents have no educative duties so exceptions are greatly appreciated !

After breakfast and Toby had cleaned his new bike, we took a breeze of fresh air in the Waterloo park. For once Mr. G came with us ! Toby drove and played like a Star, with his two body guards, one of them slightly tired and I as his photographer.

Time flew by and they left after lunch. The rest of the day we spent resting and recovered from this nice interruption of our daily routine as a vintage couple !


Linens and Royals said...

Toby must have been a great help vacuuming all those cat hairs from Mr G's bed.
You have some wonderful parks nearby for Toby to explore.

Andrew said...

Sounds like a great weekend. I wondered why the men folk went shopping together. That is unusual. But then I found out what they were bought.

Birgitta said...

So lovey pictures! Looks like summer at your place ;)

jennyfreckles said...

It is exhausting but lovely being a grandparent. Sounds like you had a good time.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Gattina .. looks like a fun weekend for Toby ... and you made the most of the trip. Wonderful about the bike .. he'll be all over the show soon ...

Sounds lovely .. cheers Hilary

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Yes, the best part of grandparenting is you get to do just the fun stuff. (And send them home when they get tired.) A nice break for your son too as you said.

Sandra Carlier said...

What a marvelous We you had with son and grand son! And the chance to have a spring weather when we should be in automn!