We normally ring Emma on her birthday but she was leading a summer camp for girls in Northern Italy and would then be travelling to Spain for helping out with spiritual retreats and hospitality at the mother house in Madrid. So once she eventually touches base back in Bergamo she'll get to open her birthday card and pictures from us all:
Happy Birthday Sister Emma Maria x
We were however blessed to spend the day with Kathryn, and both sets of grandparents in her new home and despite it being her birthday she did us proud with a fantastic buffet spread.
Salad platter, cocktail sausages and pineapple and cheese on sticks, bread rolls, meat platter.
Spicy and plain baked chicken.
Birthday girl slaving over a hot stove!
Sara and Kathryn with the two Nannas.
My big girl and cheeky little girl.
The fantabulosa birthday cake made by Sara and Pip and decorated with chocolate sprinkled buttons and dolly mixture sweets, yum!
We then enjoyed a trip down memory lane as this gift re-surfaced from eight years ago and can now be hung in pride of place in the new home. Dave's mum had made for Emma and Kathryn a collage for their eighteenth birthday and the pictures below are a selection from that display:
In the picture where they are wearing striped sleepsuits, Kathryn is on the left and she's on the left again in the shot where they are washing up at the sink... her skirt is tucked into her tights!!
First Holy Communion from the left Sara, Kathryn and Emma.
A boat trip with Daddy, Face painting fun, A sleepover with a friend and that little bairn on the right is Benedict aged one!
All too soon it was time to head home but not before Dave managed to shoot this picture of Kath with her Grandparents:
Thanks for being such a lovely daughter and super sis, we love you!