Sunday, February 27, 2011
"Sure Stephen, what's your problem?"
"Well, not a problem as such. But you know how you let Vincent take Erica on a vacation?"
I sighed, that didn't work out so well in the long run. "With us, he didn't go alone with her."
"Well, I'd like to take Abbey on a vacation."
"Fair enough. It's time the family went on a holiday together."
"It's time that we take your sisters overseas as well as you. Don't worry, there will be plenty of places to visit, you and Abbey won't have to hang with the rest of us. But you said there were two things to talk about."
"I suppose you could have decided on something far worse than that." Keeping a bar, well, he'll know almost everyone in town and be really in on the gossip loop. "What's the catch?"
"I was wondering if we could buy a pub?"
"Stephen, we'll have to think about that one. We buy you a pub and you'll be in debt to your mother and I for the rest of our lives." Our family finances aren't bad. But the pub would eat all the surplus and require dipping into the inventory to sell a few things. Much as I love the kids, that would be a very big ask.
Why on earth is Elsa Grant playing drums in our bedroom? Shouldn't she be home with Jerod and their toddler by now?
It's certainly killing the romance in the room.
Yes, Abbey is coming. Brad and Em didn't mind the idea of sending their girl away for a few days. One less teenager in their house...one more for me. Why, exactly, do I let my kids do this to us?
I've picked China as our destination. From memory, there's plenty to keep everyone occupied in China. Sights to visit, the academy and the scholar's garden.
It feels great to finally be able to stand up and stretch properly for awhile.
The girls went over to the Martial Arts Academy.
Vanessa grabbed her fishing gear and headed out to see what new fish she could pull out of the water.
Stephen and Abbey stayed at camp for awhile. It was, from their point of view, the most family free place they've been for ages.
I'm still using the foam trainers on the board breaker. The wuss option but you have to start somewhere to learn technique.
I don't remember going through nearly so much teen drama.
Dear, that's because you were the cause. Cecil never did forgive you for getting me to dump him.
My first boyfriend. I had to break up with him to go steady with you.
Damn, I'd forgotten you ever had a different boyfriend. Do you ever regret that?
No, dear. I can't imagine life without you. And that was a long time ago.
Penny spent much of the day with Abbey, chatting about this and that. I suspect that Stephen's flaws as a big brother and boyfriend may well have been part of the discussion.
So, by the end of the day, Penny and Abbey are made friends.
Thank heavens for long sleeves, the little beasts didn't crawl up my arms.
And then we went home. Actually, it wasn't quite that simple. I did retrieve the papers from the tomb and escape barely singed. Vanessa finished a book, and did a lot of fishing. The girls trained more, spent some time viewing the sights. Abbey and Stephen became friends again. I ran errands around town and have a level 2 visa for China now.
And my camera broke in that fire so I didn't manage to catch any of it. Ah well, things happen sometimes.
Monday, February 14, 2011
Vanessa and I decided to have the morning out. The kids were in school, the butler was busy cleaning the house, and we needed some fresh air for a change. We went to the park near where Vanessa grew up, the Landgraab estate.