Posts Tagged ‘family’

To my dearest brethren and sisten…

A few weeks ago I was in the car with my mum when I asked her to quickly pull over to the side of the road – you see, I had spotted a hammer lying there – just out in the open with no owner. I picked it up just for my hubby as I knew he would be so very proud of me.  There is a bit of history for him and his family regarding road trips and finding items. It was not uncommon for him, his four brothers and sister to be seen on the side of the road picking up something for their dad when had he spotted something like rope, plant pots, rope, plants pots, and many other things but mainly rope and plant pots. So now when the siblings see something on the side of the road they have a chuckle to themselves, or  take a pic of the item and text it around for everyone to reminisce over.

So here I was, picking up a hammer and then a few days later some packing tape! I was on a roll!

My hubby sent me the below email tonight which he had also sent to his brothers and sister. As soon as I read it, I knew I had to put this up here and share my finds.

To my dearest brethren and sisten,

I writeth to you this splendid evening of the eighth month with grand news that may warm your hearts.
Although I dust know that you all anticipate news of an infant forthwith, this news is not that.
I bring you news of a different kind !
Some moons ago I was home alone and my wifeth returned to me, carrying with her much glee !
She wished my proudest blessings be on her for doing such a deed that deserveth it.
My dear wife had gleaned a discarded hammer from the sideth of the road as she drew near our home! 
And yet a few sunsets afterwith did she also glean some packeth tape from another road !
Oh Brethren !
This news I bring is news of one that was a Vagg only by name but now a true Vaggeth within !
I shall be playing the glad game for many moons to come ! Will you not join me?
Look-eth and see-eth the Hammer and Packeth tape belowth –
Yesth, I am bored.
True story though !
So after 13 years of being together, finding things on the side of the road and being bothered to pick it up is starting to take it’s toll and rubbing off on me 🙂

Roasts & Reindeer Droppings

I am a big fan of traditions.  Ask my husband and he will tell you that I bring up the idea of traditions all the time.  I love how they can be passed down through the generations, and can instill a strong bond of family and home.

I looked up Simple Mom for more information and ideas on family traditions: Traditions don’t have to be extravagant, intense or require a lot of planning. They can be as simple as reading to your child every night in the same comfy chair, having a movie and pizza night every Friday or discussing things you are grateful for around the dinner table each evening. Traditions are the glue that keeps a family together. We all have very busy lifestyles, and adding a small tradition here or there can make all the difference to your family.

Christmas Eve dinner with my family.

Family traditions that I grew up with:

  • Birthdays: we had a roast dinner, complete with mum’s amazing carrot cake! When we got in our late teens we would go to Hogs Breath.
  • After school: my grandad used to live in a granny flat under our house and every day after school my brother and I would come straight in from school and go down to see him (mum and dad were working) and he would always have homemade rice pudding or Nutella sandwiches ready and waiting for us.  We would sit down and talk about our day while spending time with him.  This may be why I love Nutella so much!
  • Christmas Eve with my side of the family: church, roast (complete with candles and table decorations), watch the carols on telly and play board games.
  • The Oscars: mum and I meet up and have a girls night at her place or mine, complete with chocolate and popcorn, while we “ooh” and “aah” over the frocks.
  • Christmas Day: my husband and I alternate between our families each year.
  • Christmas with my side of the family: cooked breakfast (with a few reindeer droppings on my brothers plate…choc covered licorice), open presents while eating Ferrero Rocher’s, lazy lunch on the veranda, relax for the day by playing games or reading or sleeping or swimming, if you are hungry (which we usually aren’t) you pick at the leftovers from the day for dinner.
  • Shabbat: my husband and I celebrate Shabbat every Friday night when we are home complete with the candles, a special home cooked meal, and Bible study.

What is your favourite family tradition? How will you create a new family tradition?