We set off early, with light rain falling, for the two hour drive south to the Gold Coast. Our plan was to have a quick breakfast when we got hungry and to pick up a couple of things for the babies at Ikea, which we would pass on the way. So with my basket packed with a lemon meringue pie for dessert at lunch time, something to read on the way and Hanno driving, I was set.
We got to Ikea at 8.20am and when the doors opened to the restaurant, we went in and had their $2.95 hot breakfast and tea and coffee. I can't say I enjoyed it. It tasted like a cheap breakfast, which wasn't such a big surprise. I made a note to myself that if we did this again, to bring sandwiches and a thermos of hot tea.
Sarndra is due in mid July and Sunny in a couple of weeks.
We had a lovely time together. We met at Shane and Sarndra's flat; I hadn't been there before (Hanno helped them move in) so Sarndra gave me a quick tour of the place. It's just the right size for them, it's on the ground floor with a little garden outside and close to the beach and shops. The all important nursery is sunny, with two windows, and a comfy chair for a breastfeeding mum. Hanno helped Shane put up the cot we bought them and we all stood back admiring the scene, imagining what it would look like in July. My sister Tricia, asked me to buy some cot bedding for both sets of parents, so I bought cot sheets and little quilts from Ikea. The cots will look really cute when they're made up.
Sunny and Kerry arrived shortly after so we all sat around talking while Shane and Sarndra prepared a delicious lunch of roast chicken, mashed potatoes, chilli and garlic cauliflower and peas. We had the lemon pie afterwards. Sunny told us about her mum coming over from Korea for the birth, and how the last doctor's appointment went. I have to say both mothers-to-be look so healthy, as you can see in the photo above. They're feeling fine and optimistic and looking forward to having their babies here with us. It's a wonderful time for our family and I can't imagine two finer girls to have as daughters-in-law. I know they'll both be caring, gentle and wise mothers. As a family, we are very fortunate to have such a fine younger generation coming through. I know they all still think of themselves as crazy kids, but I see mature qualities in all of them that are evolving now into something significant and long-lasting, just in time for their new roles as parents.