The Girl and I have prepared for Red Nose Day in our favourite ‘special day’ way…
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Yes, a day late, but better late than never.
The Girl made a cake yesterday but didn’t have time to decorate it.
She did that today, and very graciously allowed the Boy to help. I suspect he spent most of his time eating sprinkles but never mind.
Yes, those are chocolate chips and a pink heart-shaped insert. Yes, she is very clever. And no, I did not help at all.
One year ago, to the day, I posted this post about a new community choir that was starting in the evenings at the Little’s school.
Today, I am with some very lovely friends that I’ve met over the last year as we celebrate our first birthday!
Here’s one of them – our Musical Director (and me – forming the welcome committee). This picture sets the tone of our choir perfectly.
And what a year it’s been… From our very first gig, where we nervously flash mobbed The Girl’s choir at the summer fayre, through various events on the local Green, several gigs at a rather nice local pub and onto the rehearsals for when we form part of a 500 voice choir performing at the Tate Modern in June.
I have made new friends, eaten more cake than I probably should have done, laughed a lot more than I thought I would, and definitely grown in confidence over the last year.
Happy Birthday to us! (12 inch cake made by me and decorated by the lovely lady who designed our choir t-shirts – yes, we have t-shirts!).
The day had a sadly less upbeat ending though, with the early return of the Littles from their sleepover with Grandma and Grandpa (and the early end of my evening out with the Husb!).
The Boy has had to temporarily come off the trial he was on as we think that even as small an amount as half a boiled peanut is causing him trouble. He has been sick every couple of days for the last 10 days. We’re on a “wait and watch” policy at the moment but it’s looking more likely with every passing day that he’ll have to come off permanently.
On the upside – we did get to watch Minions at 10.30pm which the Littles thought was most exciting.
Although you wouldn’t think it from that photo!
It isn’t my birthday today.
My birthday falls on a work day.
Today though, is a Sunday. A relaxing day, a lovely weather day, a BBQ day. A great day for a pre-birthday birthday.
My girl loves baking.
She especially likes having a reason to bake.
Mummy’s birthday, when mummy definitely can’t bake, is her absolute favourite occasion to bake for.
Today I celebrated my pre-birthday with my lovely family and a beautifully moist chocolate cake – candles and glitter very much included, plus a fanfare when it was brought out.
Earlier in the week, Grandpa had a somewhat significant birthday. I was brought up to have very good manners, so I won’t be mentioning any numbers.
Thanks to Aunty P and Cousin W, we had a proper party, with party hats,
and even party bags.
Hats were worn by all.
Later, back at M & P’s, the Girl squished as many candles as she could onto the coffee and walnut cake I’d made.
Grandma delivered said cake,
candles were counted,
and blown out (all in one go!).
It was all a bit much for some of us…
I always have a plan in my head of how my cake will look when it’s decorated. Sometimes the plan and the actuality are the same.
Today’s happy thing is easy. I got to eat (too much) lovely cake at work today while simultaneously contributing to charity.
We are currently running a monthly bake sale in the staff room to raise money for breast cancer care. I baked a cake and paid to eat other people’s cakes. Win/win!
These lovely efforts weren’t mine. I’m pleased to report that they were very tasty though.
As is traditional, we went to Grandma and Grandpa’s house today. Aunty C (who one of the lovely nieces has renamed Aunty Christmas) Aunty D, Uncle P, W and D were also there.
There was lots of food, family, presents and jollity – a good day all round.
The Girl got an awesome outfit (as chosen by her),
and is joining the Boy in the world of skateboarding.
The boy got even more lego
and they played a seasonal (?) game of swing ball.
Finally, there was cake.
Made and iced by me, but shop bought decorations this year.