Aussie children got the surprise of their lives when their grandmother turned up in their lounge room after a two-and-a-half year absence due to Covid.
Their grandmother Diane, who resides 15,000km away in England, flew to Perth – where her only grandkids live – after being prevented by Covid-19 border restrictions.
The three children were shocked and emotional after Diane appeared in a bathrobe on Wednesday morning, following a quick sleep after arriving earlier at 1am.
Footage of the kids – Gracie, 16, Sam, 13, Lily, 9 – being caught off guard emerged on Thursday after parents Stuart and Emily Halfacree kept Diane’s arrival a secret.
Ms Halfacree said her kids’ ‘response was so beautiful, I loved seeing them react to her’
The emotional reunion came after the family surprised their kids, with nana appearing in a bathrobe in the morning (pictured) after getting in a quick sleep following her long trip
The parents had been worried the surprised would be ruined by the English grandmother being seen using the bathroom in the middle of the night.
‘We woke the children up at 7AM and told them we had a surprise. Their response was so beautiful, I loved seeing them react to her being there,’ Ms Halfacree said in the post uploaded to Newsflare.
The children appeared tired, slouching on the lounge, but then suddenly propped up – with faces of shock and joy – when nana appears, with Gracie screaming, ‘wait, what, what are you doing here?’
The kids then surrounded her with bear hugs, before the flabbergasted Gracie, staring in disbelief, erupted in tears.
Ms Halfacree said it had been a long delay with the visit, as the family had been keeping in touch through endless FaceTime.
‘It was amazing to surprise our kids with a visit from their nana after so long apart,’ Ms Halfacree said.
‘It had been two and a half years of FaceTime calls and messages, hoping and wishing that one day the world would go back to normal and we could see each other again.’
The reunion came once Western Australia’s famously stringent Covid measures were relaxed.
The state had strict border restrictions in place for nearly 700 days throughout the pandemic.
Last March Premier Mark McGowan lifted the hard border, with international visitors who comply with Australia’s current entry requirements once again allowed to arrive in the state.
‘As soon as our premier announced we were opening to international travellers, Diane booked a flight immediately,’ Ms Halfacree said.
The family moved from the UK to Perth in 2009, and hope to travel back there for Christmas.
‘Our three children are her only grandchildren, she misses them dearly.’
‘Our three children are her only grandchildren, she misses them dearly,’ Ms Halfacree said
The kids’ mum said as soon as WA Premier Mark McGowan (pictured) announced Western Australia was opening to international travellers, their grandmother booked a flight immediately