Lessons Learned … the best laid plans

The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men gang aft a-gley.–Robert Burns (“To a Mouse”)

[Popularly misquoted as:
“The best laid plans of mice and men often go astray” (Now there is something I didn’t know)]

Today is Tuesday, and here is what I should have been doing today

Taking for 4 year old for an assessment
Collecting daughter 2 from school at 3pm
Collecting daughter 1 from school at 4pm
taking all 3 kids with me while we take daughter 1 to opticians appointment at 4.15pm
make dinner
cook for party
8 friends of daughter 1 arrive at 6.30 for an end of primary school party
Cook, take photos and help with craft activities (photo keyrings, beaded bracelets) during the party
8.30 friends leave and I collapse on the sofa.

Now my day looks like this…..





vomiting son!

Cancel appointments, arrange school pickups, try to rearrange party for later in week, assuming son recovers and no-one else becomes afflicted! AAAARRRRggghhhh!

  • Lesson 1 Never assume plans will work out, no matter how organized you think you are.
  • Lesson 2 Be very grateful I don’t work outside the home, and can stay at home all day with my sickie son
  • Lesson 3 Be very proud of Daughter 1 who is being remarkably mature about her party plans being in disarray.
  • Lesson 4 The easiest way to relaxed entertaining is to invite your church group round, order in a Chinese takeaway, ask some guests to provide dessert … sit back and enjoy.
  • Lesson 5 Playing on the Wii is a great after dinner event when your church group come over for dinner. Especially when it is the Men V Women, and the women will in nearly every race – we all got very competitive! (Fortunately for me there is no need to parallel park in Mario Kart, or I would have let our side down.)

  • Lesson 6 Don’t overlook local events, assuming they won’t be up to much. We attended a wonderful FREE summer fayre to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Lisburn. Attendance was low, but it was a great way to spend an afternoon in a local park.

I have at least 2 more lessons from this week, but I will try to remember to add them to next week’s post instead.

For more Lessons Learned This Week please visit the lovely Jo-Lynne at Musings of a Housewife.

Finally, a quick favour – could you vote for me (again!)

This time it is for photos for a Company Girl book. Click Here, here and here, and each time click of the star below the photo, thanks!


Son performed miraculous recovery late afternoon, and at 5pm the party was back on! Party currently in full flow, and the day has ended up much better than it started!

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  1. I’m glad to hear that your son had a turn around! Let’s hope the yucks are gone for good!

  2. So glad to hear your son is feeling better already and that the party is back on! How wonderful that your daughter was so understanding about the initial rescheduling!

    Voted for your photos! 🙂

  3. Love your pictures… so sorry about your little one. Prayers he will be 100% ASAP!!! You are so all around creative… I love to come and see all the beauty you have put out into the world!

    God bless-

  4. Hope your son is feeling better. But how wonderful your daughter seemed to understand. I love your pictures and your blog. Stopping by from SITS and will be back 🙂

  5. Hi,

    I hope too that your son feels much better!! And your photos are beautiful and very interesting.


  6. Aww the poor wee man, its hard on them when they’re that young. I try not to tell anyone about plans, I make the plans and spring them on the family at the last possible second:)

  7. Oh, I’m sorry your son is sick! Ugh. Vomit is just so gross. I hope he feels better soon!

    I don’t like making plans. I hate making anything that gets broken within five minutes.

  8. great lessions and fantastic pictures! It´s always a pleasure to read on your blog and see your wonderful photos.

    BTW my comments are back LOL, I was working on it…

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