OK I think I have had quite long enough to recover from turning 42 (eeek! – still sounds old!). This post is WAY to long (as my daughters would say) but here goes….
- Not being able to sleep, so seeing a beautiful dawn on the morning of your birthday is not such a bad thing!
- Later being served breakfast in bed was lovely, especially when the toast had a message for me 🙂
- Try not to take it personally when your 4 year old wraps up one of his old toys to give you as a present. You thank him, and he says “but I hated it anyway!!!
- Celebrating your birthday at a beautiful hotel, luxury spa, with two spa treatments is the perfect way to mark the occasion.
- Trying to get your family to all jump together is obviously a task beyond me! – but they had good fun trying. Timing is obviously not their strong point.
- When visiting a farm, you should NOT expect to see too many animals! The kids loved Finvoy Fun Farm, but much more emphasis on the fun, instead of the farm. Middle daughter and animal lover was disappointed to have no animals to pet/hold/feed/(torture?). As you can see the kids (big and small!) enjoyed the day!
- Allowing your eldest daughter to have ONE friend to sleepover, especially when both girls are exhausted, it actually quite easy. They slept from 11 pm to 7.30 am – happy days!
- Labeling/ironing ALL the school uniforms on one morning turned out to be much more work than I envisaged, but at least now it is complete.
- I LOVE my laptop, and when it decided to through a hissy fit on my birthday I thought perhaps all was lost. Despite lots of attempts at resuscitation, nothing worked.
- I phoned the Acer helpline with trepidation……..and then the inevitable happened……
- The Help Desk asked me to try some simple steps……
- I assured him I had tried EVERYTHING…..
- He insisted…..
- I tried again…….
- AND this time IT WORKED!!!
- When a local north coast holiday resort plans a fun evening to celebrate their new musical illuminated fountains (based on the fountains at EPCOT no less!) don’t let your expectations be raised to high. They were pretty…….but not Epcot (not even close!).
Friends, desserts and iphone apps discussions however made up for any rain and anti-climax.
- Deciding to have a dozen friends over with just 24 hours notice is great fun, and not that much work. Catching up with everyone after the summer was great. We managed to incorporate both healthy and unhealthy food.
Our friend Deborah is going through chemo for breast cancer, so met Wiggy – who looks remarkably like Debs own hair (if not better!) with the benefit of no gray hair and no regular coloring or cutting required. Apparently he is an “upgrade” and looks great.
Debs is showing amazing courage, resiliance and humor through everything going on, and it was great to see her in such good form. Her 3rd cycle of chemo starts on Thursday, and she is much in our thoughts and prayers.
- I have mixed emotions about the kids returning to school. My eldest “baby” starts grammar school on Friday, and my youngest “baby” starts Primary One. After eleven years, I am due to have some daily “me” time – it is both exciting and scary. Wish me well!
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I will TRY to make it a short post next week. Thanks for sticking with me, and you know I love your comments.