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Facing the Holidays

Judy_cuccolo - posted on 04/03/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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Well, for our family Passover and Easter are upon us....With three married children all in proximity this has worked out every year in that two families go away to their inlaws and we are with our son and daughter in law who resides in the area here...This will be the first year that we will be alone for a Holiday at Easter. I am fine with it, hope my husband is also. We will all be together for Passover and will celebrate early (crazy as this might seem) along with my Mom's birthday at the same time. Because I want to celebrate a little bit of Easter with the grandbabies, I will hope to have each set over during the week at night or my son and family possibly next Saturday...for a little hunt...we'll see what happens. I am learning that we can't have 'IT ALL" and we will survive being on our own. We have already made plans to go out to a simple brunch on Easter and then visit with my Mom later in the day. Does anyone have any suggestions regarding Holidays and any other ways things could be arranged? I have not made these decisions obviously but my children have worked them out. We also share in having the Holidays. Everyone chooses one to host at their house and has the main course and other accompaniments. We all bring something to go along with the dinner to compliment it. This wokrs out beautiful. I offer to go early to help out either with the meal or help with the little one/s and this has had good response also. They would rather have me help with the children so they can focus on the meal, table, etc.

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Ann - posted on 05/10/2009

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Hi Judith, nice to hear from you. I have retired over the last 18months. I worked as a social organiser at an English Langusge School for foreign students for 25yrs. I was responsible for excursions, sports and many activities in the evenings and weekends ie: parties, discos. All the students were adults and stayed with host families, which we also were. It gave our children a good insight into other peoples and their cultures. My ldest son has a daughter, Elle-Anne ,10, who is the familys computer wizard. She has a brither, Lewis 4 and the sweetest little boy I have ever known, he is also the last baby of our family.... I am so sorry to hear of the bad year your friend has had. When life is hard it seems to come all at once. I hope she will find the strength we search for when Paul is away. The hardest part is the period leading up to him leaving. We always say "now he is gone, it is closer to him coming home". A bitter sweet year with the birth of her first grandbaby, I hope this brings her some comfort... We saw 3 of our grand bubees' this morning, Joshua 13 and Harry 7, our youngest sons boys. Also Jamie 13, our eldest daughters son. All too busy playing computer games, in the bedroom to come down, and so I went up and jumped into bed with them, and they proceeded to inform me of the tactics of the game... I gave them the sweets I had brought....and helped them eat them.....yum... take care...

Judy_cuccolo - posted on 04/16/2009

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Just loved hearing how you describe yoru daughter and her family. The names are charming and your descriptions so descriptive .and alive!....I truly am interested in hearing about them all!....When you have the time....do you work?.....Good for your son in law Paul and being in Agghanistan...brave and strong!....My good friend from Washinton DC, her daughter is going over there for three months along with boyfriend and my friend is so frightened for her....She has lived though very much this past year, the death of her sister of lymphoma last summer, breast cancer diagnosis and treatmetns with radiation and chemo this winter, and now the wonderful birth of her first grandbaby on the 11th of April...Her daughter, 28 leaves shortly for Afghanistan and my friend is beside herself with fear....She will get though this but still it is a concern ....

Ann - posted on 04/14/2009

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Hi Judith, good to hear from you. To start with Devon is in the south west of England. We live in  a lovely Devonshire village, approximately 8 miles from the City of Exeter, which is the capital of Devon.Our two sons and one of our daughters live in Exeter, but my youngest daughter ,Nikki, lives in Plymouth, a naval port which I am sure you have heared of.   I will begin with Nikki. She is the mother of 4 of our grandbabies. Rees is 11 going on 21. Isabelle is 10 and very girlie. Lauren is 7, the image of me as a child, and last but not least Ewan 6 and a right little scallywag. Nikki is married to Paul and I could not ask for a better son -in-law. He is a colour sgt'  in The Royal Marines and has just returned from his 6 month tour of Afghaniston, born bravely by his wife and children. Nikki is also a substitute teacher  at the youngest  3 childrens school. .... wow thats quite enough for now...  As for the difference between boys and girls, I could go on for even longer. Boys are so much more loving than girls when they are babies/children and girls are so so bossy.  Hope I've not bored you, could natter on forever. Five more to let you know about yet.  Take Care.

Judy_cuccolo - posted on 04/13/2009

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Ann, So nice to hear from you. It was such a sweet message and I appreciate that. Nine grandchildren!. Wow! That is really alot ..so many to love and show attention to. Where do your married children reside? You say that you have three girls and six boys as grandchildren. Do you notice a huge difference between the two sexes? I really haven't as of yet because my grandson is only two and is surrounded by the three girls when we get together as a family unit. He blends in but he also "does his own thing" as they all more or less do.



We had three Easter Egg Hunts here last week after working as a substittue teacher nearby. I work in the elementary school and love this age, most especially third and fourth graders.  I guess your nine year old grandchild fits into that age bracket, huh! Each night a different grandchild came over and hunted for the eggs the Bunny hid and then received their basket....The first night our Rachel came over, She is three and a half and is our sons daughter. She was excited and is very expressive, showing so much enthusiasm for everything. Night number @ Makenna and Reid came over, brother and sister, 4 and 2 our daughter Daina's children. They were absolutely adorable. They together held the basket and worked together finding the eggs. Makenna pointed them out to Reid her younger brother and when he found an egg he said "Me got it!" It was too cute...Then night #3 our youngest thus far, Ali came over with Mom Lauren, our youngest daughter. Ali started looking for the eggs before the Hunt began. When her Mom, myself and Poppy got invoved, that was the end of the Egg Hunt....she wanted no part of it. Instead, she and I went into her basket and started playing with the much dreaded Easter grass. That which everyone complains about when it is left all over the house for weeks at a time. I picked it up and put it on her head and she started to giggle. Then she did the same to herself. She continued along this way for quite some time until she had giggled herself out and me, too!. What fun.



Although they were not with us, the grandbabies were with us in closeness and so loved. Let me hear from you and I would love to hear some stories about your little ones, too...Where is Devon in the United Kingdom? I have an acquaintance who resides here and is from England, a beautful, lovely woman who lives nearby...So good to hear from you..

Judy_cuccolo - posted on 04/13/2009

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Ann, So nice to hear from you. It was such a sweet message and I appreciate that. Nine grandchildren!. Wow! That is really alot ..so many to love and show attention to. Where do your married children reside? You say that you have three girls and six boys as grandchildren. Do you notice a huge difference between the two sexes? I really haven't as of yet because my grandson is only two and is surrounded by the three girls when we get together as a family unit. He blends in but he also "does his own thing" as they all more or less do.



We had three Easter Egg Hunts here last week after working as a substittue teacher nearby. I work in the elementary school and love this age, most especially third and fourth graders.  I guess your nine year old grandchild fits into that age bracket, huh! Each night a different grandchild came over and hunted for the eggs the Bunny hid and then received their basket....The first night our Rachel came over, She is three and a half and is our sons daughter. She was excited and is very expressive, showing so much enthusiasm for everything. Night number @ Makenna and Reid came over, brother and sister, 4 and 2 our daughter Daina's children. They were absolutely adorable. They together held the basket and worked together finding the eggs. Makenna pointed them out to Reid her younger brother and when he found an egg he said "Me got it!" It was too cute...Then night #3 our youngest thus far, Ali came over with Mom Lauren, our youngest daughter. Ali started looking for the eggs before the Hunt began. When her Mom, myself and Poppy got invoved, that was the end of the Egg Hunt....she wanted no part of it. Instead, she and I went into her basket and started playing with the much dreaded Easter grass. That which everyone complains about when it is left all over the house for weeks at a time. I picked it up and put it on her head and she started to giggle. Then she did the same to herself. She continued along this way for quite some time until she had giggled herself out and me, too!. What fun.



Although they were not with us, the grandbabies were with us in closeness and so loved. Let me hear from you and I would love to hear some stories about your little ones, too...Where is Devon in the United Kingdom? I have an acquaintance who resides here and is from England, a beautful, lovely woman who lives nearby...So good to hear from you..

Ann - posted on 04/08/2009

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What a lovely family you have Judith. We have 9 grandchildren from the age of 13 to 4 and I feel from you the love that we have for our grandbabies. We may not see all our 4 married children this Easter but we are close and will be in touch. When we are all together I am the one who waits on them and the grand daughters (3 out of 9) help me. Enjoy Passover and the babies Easter. God love 'em all.

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