Gracey is 3 years old

Gracey on Hello Canvas

What do you think?

She’s a cutey isn’t she. This is Gracey my granddaughter when she was over with us earlier in the year. We had so much fun and the twins enjoyed having someone smaller than them to look after.

Gracey celebrated her third birthday last weekend and it’s always a disappointment to me that I can’t be there to join in the festivities with her, I’m sure all grandparents who live at a distance will nod in agreement, that distance sucks.

In order for Gracey to grow to love me and remember me as an important part of her childhood she needs to see me frequently and sadly she doesn’t. I’m not blaming anyone I just wish I could win the lottery and not have to count my pennies and have to decide how to spend them carefully. I’d like a bottomless purse to dip into on the odd weekend and think ‘Why not fly out to Italy?’

I would love to bake a cake with her, collect her from nursery when her mum is working, read a bedtime story to her, teach her dot to dot and sing English nursery rhymes with her. I’d love to take her swimming, watch her play with the twins, treat her to toys behind her mummy’s back as only nonnas can do (Nonna is nana in Italian) Oh and she’s holding a board saying ‘Ti Amo’ which is I love you in Italian ;)

All of these things are on my wishlist for me and Gracey. You never know in life… I read somewhere once that if you wish something with all your heart the universe comes together to make it happen. So a quick wish to the universe is always worth a try in my book.

Gracey on Hello Canvas

The gorgeous canvas hanging in our lounge does the perfect job of bringing Gracey into the home as a constant reminder to me and the girls, the photo was taken whilst she was here in May and when Hello Canvas asked me if I’d like to turn one of my photos into a canvas I ended up choosing this one, what do you think? It’s a 20 x 28″ (50 x x70cm) and costs £39.00 which I think is very reasonable for a beautiful picture hanging in your home

Hello Canvas offer many different sizes to choose from and if you take a particularly good photo then why not display it in your home? I quite liked this one too from our last holiday in France

mum and twin girls

Disclosure: Hello Canvas sent me the stated canvas free of charge in exchange for a post, I’ll let you decide how gorgeous my Gracey is ;)


  1. August 8, 2012 / 7:10 AM

    Love the canvas, beautiful picture, she is so sweet!    It must be so hard not seeing her regularly. I know my parents find it difficult not seeing my two, it makes me feel soo guilty :(    

    • Mari
      August 8, 2012 / 1:00 PM

      I have that guilt feeling about being so far away from Thomas and Megan, I would love to be just up the road for them and have them over to Sunday lunch now and again but life is what it is and we must go along with it
      Don’t feel guilty xx

  2. V Lindridge
    August 8, 2012 / 10:33 AM

    Cant believe she is 3 already. Same age as my Eloise and they are so much fun.  The picture is perfect for bringing her into your home everyday.  Skype is good (I guess you use that). When my brother went to Australia for a year Eloise was still young but skype helped to keep her in touch with him so she could still talk and see him at the same time. It worked she knew who he was straight away when he come home.  Your a great nana and mummy so they are all lucky to have you xxx

    • Mari
      August 8, 2012 / 1:01 PM

      Aw bless you V thanks for your lovely words. I would use Skype only Megan is rubbish and I can never get hold of her! I used to use FB but she’s come off of it to keep her other half happy as he doesn’t like her on there (bit of a jealous type) so it’s phone calls and fingers crossed a weekend trip soon for Evan’s christening 
      take care and kiss Eloise for me xx

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