Week 2 of the holidays and a bit of a jam packed week. Many more highs than lows, many more goods than bads – so I’d say a pretty productive, fun, family week.
A roundup of our week:
High – successfully managing to bake a cake! With much help from the girls, a never fail recipe supplied from a friend, more buttercream than you’ve ever seen before – ta dah! An edible, half decent looking birthday cake for my mums 70th.
Low – Spending £25 on ingredients, cake tin etc for said cake when could’ve bought one from a supermarket for less that a tenner! Ah,but it wouldn’t have had the same love, care and attention (and slightly sunken middle or wonkey edges!)
Good – successfully got through the first week of Mini Mess without any mishaps – my summer kids programme. Week 1 can be a bit manic, and I’m never quite sure how its going to go – but thoroughly enjoyed myself as I think did everyone else. Just 3 weeks left to go
Bad – Currently in mid-bout of insomnia – leading to finding the milk in a a cupboard rather than the fridge, searching for and eventually finding my car keys in the shoebox, leaving house in slippers (twice!), leaving house without kids..
Enjoyed – Loads of fun with the kids this week – from baking the cake, swimming followed by the obligatory cheesy chips in the cafe. A day out at Sundown Adventureland with friends.
We managed a lazy Friday morning before heading off to a kids ‘Breeze’ event in the park for FREE put on by the local council. Great afternoon making masks, bouncy castles, dress up, icecreams, roly polys down the hill and especially loved watching the kids put on Sumo suits and try to wrestle – hilarious!
Didn’t enjoy – Spending over 2 hours on the drive back from Sundown – traffic was a nightmare to say the least. With 4 kids in the car it was endless rounds of hold your breath under the next bridge, spot the green & yellow cars. In all honesty, they were great, no bickering or falling out, and only a couple of ‘how long till we’re back now’ comments
Mundane – finally finished climbing Mount Everest – otherwise known as the ironing pile! Something I’d put off everyday for almost 2 weeks, so you can imagine the size of it. The kids are going through clothes like there’s no tomorrow – they don’t seem to able to keep even just one item clean enough to wear for a second day.
Out of the Ordinary – A couple of things this week. Went to see Texas in Millenium Square with a friend. Last time I saw them was 1998 in Sheffield (WHAT! how long ago!) They didn’t disappoint, fab music, amazing energy. There is so much to be said for an open air venue, warm summer evening, live music and being out with your bezzie mate acting a bit daft! Makes for a brilliant atmosphere and the ability to remember what it was like to be young and carefree again
We also attended the lovely wedding of friends – John and Sarah, and they did the Christening of their youngest daughter Isabelle at the same time. Loved the reception. The tables all decorated in a shabby chic style, hession table runners, jam jars with fresh flowers and vintage style tea-cups and paper plates. Food was picnic boxes filled with delights of pork pies (best I’ve ever had), fresh bread, cheese, pickles, crackers, coleslaw and salads. Desert was a table filled with homemade cakes – coffee & walnut, strawberry and cream, bannofee pie, scones, chocolate cake – it was a help yourself kind of deal.. so would’ve been rude not to try a bit of a few!
Was such a wonderful, social and relaxed way to have a wedding reception. Loads of kids entertainment, bouncy castle, soft play, picnic blankets out for them – fabulous. And the sun even made a re-appearance early evening. It was a beautiful wedding. It was also really great to attend as a family and the girls were the best behaved little angels for the full day. They were polite, they self entertained (with the help of a couple of activity books I’d taken along to get them through the ceremony), no arguing, happy to talk and answer grownups with their simple child endearing conversation when required – lots of fuzzy’s awarded for their chart at the end of the day.
Grateful for – having children that can be (when they want to be) so delightful, so charming and adorable it makes my heart swell with pride and brings tears to my eyes with joy
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