You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them. – Desmond Tutu
Happy New Year 2014 everyone! How has it been for you so far? I went downhill on New Year’s night, was blowing hot and cold. I know this sign very well, I used to get high fever regularly as a child. Even as an adult in my homeland Malaysia, I still suffered badly from it time and again. Alhamdulillah, since I lived in England 17 years ago, my health has improved a little in that sense. Only in harsh winters like now do I tend to suffer from a bit of cold, flu and fever. A couple of days of putting my feet up normally does the trick. Anyway, what have I been up to? You know the weather’s really bad here at the moment right, the lashings of rain seem to continue endlessly and the winds just seem to get stronger each time! It’s dark, cold, wet and windy, in other words, MISERABLE! But we got a bit of respite the weekend before New Year, so we headed off to my in-laws up north. The drive took us 4 hours, fortunately my children have all grown out of their whingy and whiny phase by now.
After a brief stop at the service station halfway through our journey (to stretch our legs, have a cuppa tea/coffee/McDonalds french fries and get out of the horrible traffic for a bit), we continued travelling till we got to my in-laws safely. It was dusk by then, 4pm, tea time. My sisters in law had organised a little birthday get-together for the family kids, so my husband’s cousins with children were also there. Along with my hubby’s aunties and his youngest cousin. It was nice to be together again, we only meet up a few times each year due to the distance, busy schedules and horrid weather! The few days there were spent socialising with my hubby’s family and relatives. My hubby had a cousin who just had a baby, another who’s just been to Hajj (pilgrimage in Mecca), another who has a lovely house we never visited before, as we usually meet up at my in-laws or their parents’. This meant visiting several houses and savouring many delicious food! My children had great fun bonding with their young cousins who they’re really fond of. It’s a shame they live so far away, but then they do say that absence makes the heart grow fonder!
My youngest sis in law also took my girls and I to a Christmas pantomime, Aladdin. It’s been a while since I’ve watched a stage show, I enjoyed it immensely, so did my girls. I felt really moved by my sis in law’s gesture to be honest. My hubby and his brother-in-law also took the children bowling, they had a memorable time. The night before we left we went out for a family meal with my in-laws, I truly cherish these special moments for they are rare. Even though my own family and relatives are thousands of miles away, I am fortunate enough to find family love within my hubby’s family and relatives. As a daughter in law, nothing compares to the feeling of being included and accepted in the family, Alhamdulillah. Right, enough chattering, here’s some images to remember the wonderful time we had last weekend. Till next time, take good care! 🙂