01 March 2010
Do you ever read people's blogs and wonder what they are like in real life? See pictures of their adorable kids, their home baking, their colourful lives and wonder if they are too good to be true?
(Ahhh now, I know you don't wonder that about me. I let things hang out way too much for any illusions).
PaisleyJade Family in real life.
We had to go North for a family birthday, so we invited ourselves around to PaisleyJade's place for lunch and to test out their legendary backyard waterslide (it rocks BTW).
Of course I primed my kids with what to expect... "This is a really nice family we're going to meet! Their kids are very well-behaved! They have lovely manners! Please be nice... be friendly, not bossy! Use your manners! Try try try to be well behaved, OK???" You know the drill. Please please please don't show me up.
Well, just as I suspected, the PaisleyJade Family are truly fab! Totally great people. Wonderful new friends.
The hospitality was warm and genuine. The backyard was a kids' paradise that seemed to go on for miles. Mr PaisleyJade is taller than I imagined; the kidlets are as gorgeous as their photos and got on wonderfully with my lot. (Here's the daddies deep in conversation)
And PaisleyJade's homebaked quiche... I had two bits. Couldn't help myself. There is no photo because it was all gobbled up too quick. Yum yum yum.
"The recipe's on my blog..." she said.
"There you go pet," Mr G said. "No excuses now! You can make it when we get home!"
PaisleyJade's 8-yr-old hit it off immediately with 7-yr-old Dash. They disappeared within minutes and only emerged when someone shouted, "Waterslide!"
Conveniently there was also a matching 5-yr-old girl for Miss Fab (a.k.a. Princess) to play with, and they hit it off too.
As you can see we had F.U.N.
And only one "time-out" so I think my kids didn't show me up too bad? (Dash shoved his sister roughly on the waterslide).
But apart from that they all played nice.
In the car on the way to the family birthday, my kids said to me: "Mum can they come to our next birthday?"
"Oh, good, so you really liked them huh?"
"Oh yes, they're our new best friends!"
Love how kids make friends so easily.
Love how through blogging, you feel like you already know someone when in reality you've only just met face to face.
Love how we get to meet such wonderful people in Blogland.
So, The G-Family Tour of the World could be coming to a town near you sometime this century... Any takers?
And just so you can see what you'd be in for if you agreed to have us for lunch/dinner/sleepover, here are some other photos from our weekend. We're a pretty normal lot, really.
Honest. Just ask PaisleyJade.