May 27th was the celebration of Ade's and my 50th wedding anniversary, so I booked Kareena and Kel's Airbnb farmstay in the southern highlands of New South Wales and the family had a lovely few nights and days there.
Kareena provided us with a lovely home in beautiful surroundings with some nice extra's for our arrival......
We don't get to do this too often, sheer distance in Australia keeps many families apart for extended periods but, that makes those times together just that bit more special.
The girls had set up everything they could inside the house in gold, with gold balloons, streamers, gold gloves and outfits, gold coins, gold knives and forks, even gold bow ties for Ade and I.......and of course, golden crowns for us to wear!
They even had cards made with things we used to say to each other....Ade used to say to me, 'Love you to the moon and back'. We received our trophy as their 'Ultimate champions'........ and that chest was full of multiple choice question and answer cards relating to our 50 years together.
The location was perfect....if only Ade hadn't blinked........
Ade and I each had to seat ourselves on our lavish thrones!!...
and we had one of those beautiful few days that you remember for the rest of your life......
The only family member missing from those shots is our youngest member so, I had to get a photo of Sarah and Sailah in his deep sea leg-ins with matching dummy on the way down to Kareena's Airbnb.
Ade and I are blessed to have had this 50 years together and have such a beautiful family, the grandies are growing up before our eyes.
Now it's back to hosting, but also......... looking forward to our next 50 years!
Liv, as lovely as it was, it did make me feel old, it made me feel like the best of my life has been.
Our generation has been replaced.....here we are two generations further in time.......
We, Ade and I however are in a lovely part of our lives.....we never thought we would get this time together when her illness was diagnosed. And I do have Airbnb to thank for that, we do have other investments but that $2,000 we get from Airbnb each month helps to give us the financial freedom to do what ever we want.
I have looked after Airbnb, but Airbnb have looked after me too, it really has been a win/win.
Chris, a year is a dot in time, a decade is a milestone, 30+ years is an adventure into life's sanctuary. When someone can say that familiar face they wake to each day for the past 33 years is still their best friend.....mate, that is a life long commitment!
I hope I am still here to congratulate you on your 50th which I am sure will be something special
Take care my friend!
Thanks Jess....my god, that looks amazing, Kareena's efforts were not quite as spectacular as that!
The Grandkids, Madison and Ivy, were so excited about the preparations, I think it was the highlight of their year to spell out 50 in small gold rocks, set the dining table up with the gold cutlery and the gold cups while Sarah and Kate set up all the balloons and streamers. We were told to remain in our bedroom, we could hear all the commotion going on and eventually there was a knock on the door! Ivy and Madison each had a gold blindfold, one for Ade and one for me, we were told to put them on and given strict instructions not to peak and they lead us by the hand out into the large living area which had been converted into a veritable golden cave, and we were treated like royalty after that.
Fifty years is a big chunk of a persons life let alone the life of a couple. Here were our girls Sarah and Kate back in 1977......
Little did we know how what wonderful kids they would grow up to be.....we are truly lucky.
Congratulations @Robin4 to you and Ade! What an inspiration you both are 😊 And what more fitting way to celebrate than by having a lovely weekend away with all the family in an Airbnb! The piccies are fab.
Thanks Katie, the prognosis for MS sufferers is not great, although Ade was diagnosed in 1994 she has had it since 1976. Three years ago, as @Lizzie will tell you, I thought I was going to have to put her into a care facility. But she rallied and has held this b*stard of a disease at bay. Every second night since June 1994 she gives herself an injection of Beteferon......is it doing any good? Heaven knows but she does say, 'If I don't do it, I can't say I have given this disease my best shot'!
Every day is a new horizon for us, and there are lots of lovely days. I have the booking calendar blocked next week from the 20th to the 27th, we have these good friends who have this lovely 32ft cruiser that sleeps 4 pretty well, so we are going over to Kangaroo Island for the week.....it's going to be a sh*t load of fun!!!
@Robin4 When I see a new post from you, I know I'm in for a treat. I save them for a time when I can sit down and really enjoy them. This one is just perfect in every way.
Your whole family is absolutely beautiful and I love, love, love the way your daughters went for the gold. Ade looks soooo beautiful! I love a lady who knows how to wear a glove, and boy does she ever. You two look fantastic together.
I also love all the additional details that you handed out to each of the posters, so that in the end we had an even better story.
You have outdone yourself, mate - not only in storytelling, but in a life well lived. No Bronx cheers for you - just a heartfelt Bravo.