My weekend has mainly been spent…

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  • Craving a lie-in.
  • Watching Izzy bubble with excitement as we prepared for her birthday party.
  • Sipping tea and going over my ‘to do’ list for the day.
  • Icing cupcakes. I baked two flavours, chocolate and lemon.
  • Eating breakfast.
  • Madly clearing and tidying the downstairs of the house.
  • Making jam sandwiches.
  • Cutting and sticking. I made little signs for all the food and a story book menu featuring characters like the BFG, Peter Rabbit and Harry Potter.
  • Finally enjoying a hot shower.
  • Slipping on a favourite skirt.
  • Carefully applying my makeup and drying my hair.
  • Wishing Mr.LA hadn’t decided the garden needed clearing.
  • Starting to feel a little stressed.
  • Hanging decorations.
  • Telling Izzy it was almost time to skype my sister in Australia, just as she was about to arrive in Exeter! Nicola has been away travelling for a year and we managed to keep her return a secret.
  • Feeling a little teary as I watched Izzy hug her Auntie. It was a huge hug and full of love. Neither of them wanted to let go.
  • Decorating the dining room with crepe paper, bunting, paper balls, vintage books and pretty flowers.
  • Assembling the birthday cake.
  • Giving my Mum and sister plenty to do. I was so grateful for their help.
  • Curling Izzy’s hair a la Hermione Granger.
  • Loving the sight of Jesse dressed as the Gruffalo.
  • Marvelling at my Mum and my sister’s costumes. Mum was The Tiger Who Came to Tea and Nicola was Max from Where The Wild Things Are.
  • Welcoming Izzy’s guests. The children’s costumes were brilliant. We had two Little Red Riding Hoods, a Dorothy, Hiccup the Viking, three Hermiones, Matilda and a character from a Japanese children’s book.
  • Feeling as if the next two hours whizzed past.
  • Playing party games, handing out prizes, serving up food, pouring drinks, lighting candles and singing happy birthday.
  • Wanting to adopt the child that proclaimed my party tea the best she’d ever tasted *looks smug*.
  • Breathing a sigh of relief as parents arrived to collect their offspring.
  • Watching Izzy open her gifts.
  • Hugging the birthday girl tightly as she thanked me for a wonderful day.
  • Putting two very sleepy, very happy, children to bed.
  • Ordering Chinese food and pouring wine.
  • Watching Shaun of the Dead.
  • Collapsing into bed.
  • Sleeping in.
  • Having a much needed lazy morning. I drank tea and pottered about.
  • Cleaning up the last of the debris from the party.
  • Getting showered and dressed.
  • Wearing pink lipstick.
  • Making cheese on toast and a huge salad for lunch.
  • Taking a walk with the children.
  • Searching for signs of spring. We found crocuses and daffodils before debating whether we could smell the weather turning.
  • Letting Izzy spend some of her birthday money on books and sweets.
  • Wandering home slowly.
  • Watching Ponyo. So much love for Studio Ghibli.
  • Feeling sleepy.
  • Cooking and eating pie, smashed carrots and peas for dinner.
  • Laughing at Jesse pretending to be a rock star. He found himself a pretend microphone and everything.
  • Winding down for the evening. We showered the children, read bedtime stories and finally embraced the quiet as they drifted off to sleep.
  • Craving a mug of hot chocolate and an early night.

Love Audrey xxx

10 thoughts on “My weekend has mainly been spent…

  1. One of the best things about my Sunday evenings are these posts, and have been for about 2 years! What a fabulous weekend and lucky Izzy for having such a lovely mummy!! x

  2. The weekend just wouldn’t be the same without your posts :) What a truly magnificent party for a truly magnificent 8 year old :) Just thinking about Izzy and Nic’s reunion is enough to make me well up, I get goosebumps! xxx

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