Showing posts with label Birthday. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Birthday. Show all posts

Monday, 31 July 2017

New beginnings

I just logged into my blog for the first time in ages and realised that it's been over a year since my last post. I have thought about giving it up as I never seem to find the time or motivation to write, but there's just so much going on at the moment that I think it'll be good for me to have an outlet. So I'm going to keep going for a little while longer, if only for the sake of my own mental health.

And talking of mental health, I gave up my job of 15 years last year. It was a massive relief at the time as I hadn't been happy there for a while, but now I've had a bit of time away from it all I do miss that structure to my week and contact with other staff in the office. I haven't been a lady of leisure for the past year though; I started a small ironing business which is doing well, and I love seeing my customers every week, but I am starting to feel a bit lonely.  My children are in school all day and it's just me and my iron. I'm looking forward to the next few weeks of having my children at home to keep me company. When they go back to school I've decided that I need to look for another job to get me out of the house. Spending too much time alone with my own thoughts is getting a bit too much!

So, new job to find. I'm already dreading he process of it - applications, interviews (hopefully) and starting something completely new with people I don't know. It's a scary thought.

The next thing is we've sold our house! Now we've got to start packing up our lives. We've accumulated a lot of stuff since moving into our current house 14 years ago. Back then it was just me, my husband, and a cat. We've lost the cat but have acquired three children and a dog. They all come with their own stuff. To be honest, the thought of moving has been filling me with dread, and I've suffered from a few health problems because of it. I won't bore anyone with the details as it all really stems from anxiety. I have thought about stopping the sale more than a few times, but we've got our reasons for moving so I need to be a big girl and keep going. I just hope that the end result with be worth it.

So, new job and new house (hopefully).

Do things come in threes? I'm going to be forty this year, and as the saying goes, life begins at forty. Maybe that'll be it. I hope so. I don't think I could take any more changes.

I just wish I could go back to where I stayed on holiday in Cornwall last week. Cornwall takes all my worries away.

So that's it. Just a quick post to get started again. I think I may need this over the next few months.

Trevaunance Cove, St Agnes, Cornwall

Saturday, 20 April 2013

Project 365: Days 104 - 110

Day 104: Lunch time - my little one making a good effort with his Sunday lunch. He always insists on using full size cutlery even though he struggles to use them.

Day 105: Sleeping boy - after such a busy day he couldn't manage to stay awake for the day and fell asleep on the floor.

Day 106: Balloons - my oldest boy is 7 tomorrow and we've prepared the house ready for him.  It only feels like yesterday that he was born.

Day 107: Birthday Boy - he has had am amazing day which ended with a family party and homemade chocolate cake.  Where have the last 7 years gone?

Day 108: Kickboxing - the boys practice their kickboxing nearly every night and it's paid off as they're really good at it.  My oldest boy does some fantastic kicks.

Day 109: Converse - he had his first pair of Converse for his birthday. He is such a cool dude.

Day 110: Books - we have had a really busy day moving my middle and youngest boys into a new bedroom and converting the old nursery to a mini library.  The boys love it as all their books are in there mow.  My youngest wasn't too impressed when I took his cot apart and I'm wondering how he's going to settle in his big boys bed tonight.

TheBoyandMe's 365 Linky

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Party Planning

Their cakes last year
It's that time of year again where I need to start planning a birthday party.  Actually, it should have all been organised by now as the party is only a matter of weeks away.  It's for my middle and youngest boys as they are turning 5 and 2 respectively.  You'd think that I'd be an old hand at this by now what with having two parties a year between my three children (with the exception of my oldest sons last birthday which I still feel guilty about).

I've spent plenty of time in the past agonising over cakes, invitations, venues, and even what sort of balloons to get.

I think my main problem when it comes to organising the party is that I'm too indecisive.  And  I leave everything until the last minute.  It's not really a god combination.

I got the Thomas cake eventually
I remember planning my oldest sons third birthday.  He adored Thomas the Tank Engine so there was no doubt as to the theme of the party.  I'd hired a hall, I was all organised, yet I managed not to order his cake until a week before his party.  There's always something stress over.  It usually turns out okay in the end, but always causes me sleepless nights in the process.

So here we are again.  Their party is in three weeks.  I booked the venue yesterday and am now in the process of trying to decide which bouncy castle/inflatable slide/soft play area is best.  I have actually enquired about cakes (well, asked my mother to anyway) and my mother has found a face painter.  The themes are sorted - Ethan wants the Gruffalo and as Oliver has also developed a major love affair with the well known little blue tank engine, he will be having a Thomas theme.  I've somehow got to blend the two but I'm sure I can manage that.

Almost done really.  Oh wait a minute....

I still need to invite people.  I have invited those with Facebook accounts (so easy to set up an event on there), but I've still got Ethan's class to invite and anyone who hasn't succumbed to the dark depths of the aforementioned social networking site.

Then there's tableware, banners, balloons and party bags to think about.  Do I go for the easy pre-packed plastic party bags, or spend time lovingly creating my own using the more environmentally friendly (and nicer looking) paper bags?

What about the food and drink?  I've always prepared my own buffets and I never cater for the adults.  The most I do for them is buy a few bottles of pop so they can have a drink.  After all, this is about the children, not the grown-ups who accompany them.

But the latest trend in the school parties is to get sausage and chips from the local chip shop.  Easier?  Possibly cheaper?  I don't know.  All I do know is that it's yet another decision to make.  I was happy with the way I do things, so don't know if I really want to change.

I adore these cupcakes
I suppose I'd better get my nose back to the grindstone and start googling every website of every bouncy castle hire company in my area.  (What is it with companies who don't have a website these days?  Or even a Facebook page at least?  They don't actually expect me to pick up the phone to make an enquiry do they?)  I'll probably spend the next two hours looking and still not have made a decision by the end of it.

I think I need a personal assistant to help me with these things.  It would be so much easier to just give my requirements and then have someone else do it all for me.

Even then I probably wouldn't be happy though.  Yes, I get stressed and worry over every minute detail, but I always get a small sense of satisfaction when it all comes together in the end.  Ultimately, as long as my boys enjoy themselves then I'm happy.

So, I've got three weeks to organise the best party that a 5 year old and a 2 year old could wish for.  Someone pass the wine, it's going to be a long night.

Chilling out in soft play


Friday, 20 April 2012

Birthday Boy

I've had a busy few weeks what with the Easter holidays and the children being home, and then this week, my oldest boy turned six.  I still can't quite believe it.  I am now a mum to a six year old.  It may not sound like a big deal, but to me it feels huge!  I think it's because I've always seen the 0 - 5 age range as still being a baby.  Having a six year old means I've got a big boy.  So it was a week of celebrations and fun (plus a lot of stress for me).

The drama around his birthday has been going on for a few weeks.  Up to now I've always had a big birthday party for my him, inviting all my friends children, the whole class, and anyone else that I met in the run up to it.  But this year his birthday fell in the school holidays, and being totally fed up of inviting all 33 classmates and only getting about 5 replies, I decided that maybe it was time for him to start having smaller parties where he just invited his close friends.  After some complaining and nagging, he eventually gave in.  So a small party it is.  We still haven't actually had this as he doesn't go back to school until next week so we're going to have it then.

We did have a fantastic day on his birthday though.  I decided the day before his birthday to make a cake for him.  At this point I must admit that I did go to the supermarket and look at the cakes.  I almost gave in the the temptation, but decided while staring at the shelves of shop bought cakes, that a) it would be cheaper to make my own, b) mine would (hopefully) taste better and c) I wanted to do it.  It would mean that I had actually done something for him other than buy and wrap a few presents.

So, the morning of his birthday I made him a chocolate cake.  A few sweets and Mario cars and Voilà!

I'm quite proud of it.  Though what matters more is that Zac loved it.  So much so that he couldn't even wait until it was finished.........

Licking the spoon is the best bit!
We had a fantastic, fun-filled, family day.  It was busy and noisy and everything a birthday should be.  Happy birthday to my gorgeous, not-so-little boy.  The last six year have flown by but they have been the best years of my life so far.

The day my life changed forever