In case you haven’t already heard through the grape vine, I have some fantastic news to share with everyone.
I am due Oct 3rd *(edit from 13th), which makes me 13 weeks pregnant.
There are ultrasound pics on Facebook, so friend me if you haven’t done so already.
parents and family are over the moon with the news.
So for anyone who hasn’t heard yet Pamela and Paul got engaged recently and the date is set. I’ll let Pamela announce that in her next posting. I’d like to see the engagement party pictures if anyone has them!!
Thanks for the texts and emails of congratulations. James seems to have passed the Ronan test with flying colours and thankfully the Ronans passed J’s test too. I was a little concerned that meeting almost the entire Ronan clan may be too overwhelming but he seems to be in one piece after it.
Details of the wedding date and venue will be forwarded in due course. We are not going to post the details publicly on the website as its a day we want to keep private. We’ll possibly set up a separate site (with big bros’ help) and give it a password and keep the specific updates on there. Anyway there is lots to do and as I am hungry, cooking dinner is top priority right now!
Thanks again especially to Sheila who laid on a lovely supper for us of canapes and champagne.
I hope you have all received a pre-invitation for out wedding in June next year. I know that it is a bit far in advance for you guys but for the Aussies a bit of heads up is needed to start saving pennies/organising holidays etc. We thought it better to send it all at once.
Tanja and I will be in Ireland in November, from Friday 3rd to Monday 6th, to try and catch up with a lot of people and to catch the International Rules game at Croke Park. Would people be up for organising a night out on the Saturday night (I have an open offer from Johanna for a little party we could use as pre-drinks), and then perhaps going to the game on Sunday? Lunch on Sunday could also be an option.
On the Friday I think we will probably high-tail it to Tipp and return on the Saturday.
Things are great in London with the weather not that unlike Sydney in the summer. I hope you are all well over there. Speak soon. Mike
I am happy to report that Bermuda did indeed survive Nate. It was actually a bit of an anticlimax. We were all set for a direct hit but Nate though better of paying us a visit and we just got the rain instead. Good thing too. My apartment is small and I didn’t fancy bringing the folks back to a humid & damp place with no power or water.
They did arrive in one piece on Saturday evening and they experienced a very slow drive back to the apartment (35Kph is the speed limit to which the taxis strictly adhere). We went out for dinner to the main tourist hot spot and were the recipients of some rare but exceptional service. I reckon the waitress’s thought they were famous.Anyhow we left quite early as the trip had worn them out a little.
Sunday morning was interesting. Daddy got up and saw it was raining, then it was decided we’d go watch the match so after less than 24 hours they’d slept, seen the rain & watched a hurling game. Quite a start to a carribean holiday!
Sunday evening was good fun. I had 4 friends over and we had a mini BBQ. Many bottles of beer were consumed along with enough Gin to take two bottles of tonic.
Monday then I had to go to work so the folks went into town to get an idea of the lie of the land. Armed with their $45 a week bus tickets…they went walking…They got a good view of the city and met two lots of locals who were very friendly. They can tell those stories themselves.
Monday evening I had a softball playoff game (which we won) and afterwards the team and a few extras came over to mine to “meet the parents’ This is a standard event when someone has parents over. It all went well. No one left insulted or hungry. As it was a school night though it was all wrapped up about 11.30pm.
Today They went off to visit the hotel resort Elbow Beach. It is quite muggy today so after a couple of hours they’d had enough and headed home for lunch. Two of us from work headed out to assist with the eating of leftovers & the dessert I forgot to put out on the table last night. Right now I’m stuffed and not able to work while they are sitting by the pool looking out over the ocean for the afternoon.
Hopefully if it doesn’t rain we’ll head to Dockyard this evening. I’ll update tomorrow or Thursday!
Slan for now.