18 Apr 2016


I just had the time to unpack my suitcase, when on Friday evening our son with family arrived !
Mr. G. had had his birthday and as it was in the middle of the week they came for the weekend.

The Easter  bunny had brought a Lego box for Toby who has just turned 5 in November and I thought Mr. G. hadn't paid attention because this helicopter was for 7 to 12 years old kids.

Toby was very happy with this gift and put it together in no time, half on Friday evening and as it was late the next half on Saturday morning. I just couldn't believe it. Sometimes he asked for help but only to push or pull when his little fingers were not strong enough. To me all these little pieces seemed so complicated and I would never have been able to put them together.

And as the helicopter was finished, of course he needed something else and Mr. G. went with him to the toy shop and they came back with another Lego box this time "Ninjago", all new things which I don't know at all, my last Japanese toy invention was Goldrake when my son was little. The Ninjas came later.

This complicated thing was even worse it was for 8 to 14 years old ! I don't even know what it represents, the guy who invented this has a diabolic imagination ! The figures are so ugly and the whole thing itself. But that is only the opinion of a grandma ! Again it was put together quickly sometimes but not very often, mum had to help, we were completely out !

And here is the car of the future ?? I wonder if I could do my shopping easily with it.

In the evening we celebrated Mr. G's birthday in the restaurant L'Orangerie du Prince Mont St.Jean farm. The meal was delicious and everybody liked the restaurant too. The farm is part of the Waterloo battle.

The next day despite the cold weather Toby played croquet in our garden. I stayed inside, I didn't want to catch a cold again. Toby loves very much this game !

Before we went to have lunch with my son's friend, Toby watched a little TV. Arthur was there of course too, but he was quite disappointed this time because Toby didn't play or petted him. The other cats realized that there was not a crazy little boy in the house chasing their tails so they all showed up and slept where they usually sleep.

My son's friend had moved into his new house a few month ago, we hadn't seen it yet and found it very beautiful ! Behind there is an enormous garden where the boys ran around built a hut and had a lot of fun. Benji is just a few months older than Toby and they understand each other very well. The two dads were purring !

They tried to exercise on the piano, making modern art music, I was looking for my ear plugs in my purse, but had none !

Then they played a more quiet game, called solitaire, while we had our coffee after a delicious brunch with cheese, ham, sausages and other goodies.

Of course we had a lot to talk as we hadn't seen each other since last summer and before they moved.

Time went by so quickly, and we had to say good bye, we returned home and our son with family to Amsterdam. What a nice weekend !


Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Gattina - sounds like France was a good change, and then back to lots of expeditions and family time. Toby is amazing ... and I'm so pleased he's got a good friend to spend some time with when he's with you ...

Have a good week back - cheers Hilary

Andrew said...

It sounds like a great weekend, and tiring for grandparents. I hope L'Orangerie du Prince Mont St.Jean was expensive and Mr G had to dig deep into his pockets.

Tamago said...

Sounds like you had a lovely weekend. It's very impressive Toby built those toys for elder kids without much help!
Happy birthday to Mr. G. Have a wonderful new week :-)

Jo said...

Happy Birthday Mr G! Toby is clever and a handsome young lad already. I love that your son had a friend from childhood and now their sons are friends. No wonder they were purring. Their house looks huge and very modern and beautiful. take care of yourself. xx

Loree said...

Yes, it sounds like you all had a wonderful time. I would love to see you doing your shopping in a car like the Ninjago one.

Mara said...

First a great holiday and then a lovely weekend. I think you were spoilt. Happy belated to Mr G by the way.

Linens and Royals said...

What a great family weekend with clever Toby and a generous MrG. It was MrG's birthday but Toby got the gifts. Wonderful restaurant and a very nice house belonging to son's friend.

Sandra Carlier said...

Really a wonderful family WE ! Your little son looks really like you ! He's a nice boy !

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Toby's growing up! And your cats are glad for that. Nice weekend, but I bet you were (and still are) exhausted from it following so closely your return home. By the way, I am pretty much convinced that little boys nowadays are born knowing how to put legos together and how to work computers ;>)!! (The lego thing was already true when our oldest grands were about Toby's age -- over 20 years ago!!)

Maribeth said...

How wonderful that you got to have a visit! Toby sure is growing up! He looks afar older than his years.