Saturday, March 21, 2009


ABOVE: my adorable niece Christina ... this photo was taken late last year when she popped over for a visit from Melbourne. I love her like a daughter.. she rang me yesterday for a lovely long chat... it really brightened my day.
Griffin adores her too... she was his most favourite person (after Steve) when he was a baby/toddler/preschooler, when we lived in Palmy. It's a shame she now lives in Aussy. I miss her.

TODAY: might be difficult.

We are going to Hamilton for the 1st Birthday celebration of our granddaughter Rena... and it is the 10th anniversary of my little brother's death. We will be visiting his grave... he is buried with my older brother Peter, who was Christina's Dad. Peter died the same way as Vern..... big truck versus little car....BIG TRUCKS will always win. I still find it hard to believe that I lost both my brothers in the same type of accident... two seperate accidents... same result.

Yaaa went really well... no Drama's at all.... We spent a bit of time with Kelly, Gordon and their two kids, then left for Tokoroa where my brothers and Dad are buried.

I felt good going there today... it wasn't as hard as I had thought it would be ... I'm happy about that. It is the unexpected moments that get you... when you least expect to be reminded and have one of those "Why?" moments.... but today it was good.

We stopped on our way home and had dinner at a Cafe' at the top of the Bombay hills... which overlook Auckland City.

It was (as I have been remined) another grandchild's birthday yesterday... so if you ever get to read this Huston, HAPPY 7th BIRTHDAY! I hope you love the present your Grandma and Grandad dropped off at your Mum's today.

End of Day: relaxing at home now... going to have a few drinks in memory of my brothers. Stew MIGHT get lucky! lol
nite nite.


  1. Chris,

    So sorry to hear about both of your brothers. I only have two sibs and they are both brothers.

    Christina looks like an angel. I think you spoke about her when I first started reading blogs.

    I'll keep you in my thoughts today. Just keep in mind why you are there - it's someone's birthday. It doesn't matter who else is there, just give all your attention to the birthday star. God Bless.

  2. Sorry to hear about your brothers. Well really I'm way more sorry than text can convey. It sucks! How horrible.

    same as noexcuses, you'll be in my thoughts.

    And I love the pic!

  3. Thinking of you. Hope today goes smoothly and the big kids play nice!

  4. Losing both your brothers must been truly devastating. I can only imagine how your parents feel over these sad and tragic losses. xxxxx

  5. Chris I'll be thinking of you today, and hoping things go smoothly.

  6. Hope your day goes really well :-)

  7. Thinking of you. Hope today goes well, and everyone behaves themselves.

  8. Wow. Hope your day went Ok. And I hope that honoring your brother's memory today will ease some of the pain.

  9. Ohhhh, Chris, I hope your visit goes well... At least the baby will be happy to see you :]

    Praying for you *right now* hon.

  10. Anonymous1:57 PM

    Could you maybe put Happy Birthday Huston on your blog too?

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  13. Happy Birthday Rena!
    So sorry to hear about your brothers what a horrid loss.
    Hope you guys have a wonderful day!
    HUgs Laura

  14. My thoughts are with you chicky...I only have 2 sibs as well-my baby brothers. It is very bizarre that you lost both in the same way a different times. Cope with the day as best you can dear! Obviously many thoughts are with you by the looks of your comment board :-)

  15. Thinking of you Chris. xox

  16. My thoughts are with you Chris, its not always easy remembering the ones we have lost ...

    nite nite...

  17. My dear Dad died the same way! (18 years ago this week on the 18th) It doesn't really get any easier to accept, I know....

    (glad you survived today OK xx)

  18. Oh Chris, what a tragic thing to happen to lose 2 brothers in such horrific accidents. I hope the day wasn't too tough for you, maybe gorgeous little Rena was meant to be born on this date so that each year it came around you had a reason to smile. Can't believe she's one year old already!!! Glad the day turned out well for you.

  19. This is your FORMAL invitation to stay at my house for as long as you want if you ever get over the ditch!! I will give you my car to go where you want if I happen to be working.....but for you.....I would take holidays and drive you around myself showing you all the sights!!!!!! HAPPY NOW!!!!???? lol

  20. OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH I'm so sorry about the loss of your brothers...

    I know when I go to the cemetary to visit my father...I find such peace there...and I hate to leave sometimes...I am thinking about you...all the way over here in the U. S. of A.


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