Little Loves #4 – Birthday

I’m back with more #LittleLoves! This week has been a busy birthday kind of week. My big boy turned 10, and we had our Wedding Anniversary too, so numerous celebrations and lots to love.


Cards, of course! Lots and lots of birthday and anniversary cards. Many bits of paper filled with love and joy. It’s lovely to get cards, especially in these days of Facebook messages and texts. I’m a traditionalist – what can I say?


My big boy chose a trip to the zoo rather than a birthday party this year. He is obsessed with tigers, and particularly wanted to see them, as well as other animals. So we went to Edinburgh Zoo for a special treat, and spent the whole weekend away. It was fabulous to take our time around a very relaxed and uncrowded zoo, and we watched the penguins and otters playing and swimming for ages. We also spent lots of time watching the tigers, who both came right up to the viewing windows in several areas. It was a wonderful experience, and one I know Hugo will never forget. The pandas didn’t make an appearance, but the other animals more than made up for it.

Penguin pointing the way at Edinburgh zoo
Penguin pointing the way!
Otters playing at Edinburgh zoo
Otters at play
Tiger by the window at Edinburgh Zoo
Excuse the reflection, but look how close she is!
Tiger drinking at Edinburgh Zoo
Just a tiger, taking a drink…
Relaxed tiger with direct gaze at Edinburgh Zoo
He looked directly at me, so relaxed. Look at his paws!


Apart from the Happy Birthday song, which is a joy in itself (especially when played at full pelt in a Chinese restaurant in Edinburgh as a surprise for my big boy!), we’ve been rocking out at Family Makes. My little one, who is 8, is big into rock music, and has a fantastic memory for anything he has heard. He has been looking up and blasting out on YouTube some songs he has previously heard on the radio in the car. His current favourites are Thunderstruck by AC/DC, and Get the Funk Out by Extreme! (I just realised Thunderstruck is on the new Iphone 7 advert too – I wonder if that’s why he remembered it?)


I must admit I’ve been too poorly lately to make much, and the birthday cake was shop-bought. I’m feeling quite Autumnal now though, so out with the crockpot! Today I’ve made a chicken and vegetable soup, and I’ve started preparing for a sausage casserole for tomorrow. I love slow cooker cooking – it’s so easy! My friend says it’s like someone else made dinner for you!


It’s not enough that my big boy has gone into double figures, but he’s also grown up enough to be off to camp with school next week! I’ve therefore taken a quick trip to Tesco to get him some jogging trousers and tops which we don’t mind getting trashed during outdoor activities. Luckily some of them were in the sale too. We can hardly complain about mud stains for £6 a pair! I also bought him some cheap trainers, as he’s not taking his new Addidas birthday shoes with him. The big shock was that I had to get him a size 5! That’s my shoe size!!

Birthday boy's new Addidas shoes
Birthday boy’s new Addidas shoes


We’ve has such a busy and tiring week that we’ve hardly had time to reflect on either our Anniversary or our son’s big birthday. I do like to get a bit sentimental at times, but at other times I find that things which ought to get me all emotional actually flash by in a whirl. That’s what photos are for, I feel, so we can look back and reflect afterwards. Perhaps even find some time to blog about it??!

Family Makes - Making Memories at Edinburgh Zoo
Family Makes – Making Memories

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34 Replies to “Little Loves #4 – Birthday”

  1. CRIKEY – you have had a busy week! Happy Birthday to your lovely son and a Happy Anniversary to you too. Love the family photo wth the koala sign – very cute!
    Lauretta Wright recently posted…11 bulletproof ways to get your kids away from their screensMy Profile

    1. Thank you Lauretta. I’m exhausted now!! It’s been good though xx

  2. awww happy birthday to your little one, hope you all had a great day at the zoo x
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    1. Thanks Rachel, we certainly did!

  3. What a busy week! So pleased your son had a great birthday and a belated happy anniversary to you. I love my slow cooker, too, so handy! Thanks for sharing with #WotW
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  4. WOW what a busy week you have had indeed. Anniversary and birthdays and animals galore. I love it. Hoping your weekend was just as full and a calm relaxing week ahead to look back at it all and take it in. #littleloves
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    1. Thank you Jenny. Calm is not yet restored as Hubby is away so I’m flying solo this week!!

  5. I find Birthday weeks are so busy, no matter how organized I am. Lovely birthday treat. You really did get close up to the tiger. Magnificent. My children would die of embarrassment if happy birthday was sung/played to them in a restaurant. Hope he enjoys camp. #wotw
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    1. Thank you Cheryl, it was really special.

  6. What a wonderful week! Happy belated birthday to you son, 10 just seems like such a milestone. My eldest turns 9 this month and I cannot believe where the time has gone! xx
    Morgana recently posted…Starting a bullet journal, Westworld and afternoon tea #LittleLovesMy Profile

    1. Thank you Morgana – they grow up so fast, don’t they?

  7. Aw happy birthday! The tiger is beautiful!


    1. Thank you! We thought the tigers were the best!

  8. Wow you have certainly been busy! And double figures for your biggest boy – amazing. It sounds like he had a great birthday.

    Thank you for linking up to #KCACOLS and I hope to see you back again on Sunday x
    Maria recently posted…Start the Christmas Traditions with a Magic Santa LetterMy Profile

    1. It was very special thanks Maria. Hope to see you at KCACOLS soon!

  9. What a busy week – happy anniversary to you and birthday to your son! I like cards too – keepsakes eh? I hope you had fun at the zoo…my daughter isn’t much for animals so hope her baby sis is one day! ?Thanks for linking with#bestandworst xx
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    1. Thank you Sarah. Isn’t it funny how some are into animals and some aren’t? Hope you and the little ones are doing well xx

  10. Sounds like a busy but wonderful week! Love all the photos from the zoo, I really want to take my family to a zoo next year, we’ve still never been! x #KCACOLS

    1. Thank you Madeline, I can highly recommend the zoo experience!

  11. This is lovely! We love going to the zoo, that tiger was seriously close! I’m dreading the day my girls hit my shoe size as then I will have to share with them…..
    Kirsty – Winnettes recently posted…The Cake & Bake ShowMy Profile

    1. Haha that’s the lucky thing about having boys Kirsty – no shoe sharing!

  12. Happy birthday to your son!
    That penguin looks really gracious 🙂 #KCACOLS

    1. Thank you Gabriela!

  13. it sounds like you’ve had a fab time celebrating! happy birthday to your son and what a lovely day out at the zoo. we recently went to Bristol zoo and my boy loved it 🙂 #KCACOLS

    1. Thank you – we certainly did have fun. We’ve decided this is a better way than birthday parties now.

  14. Oh a very happy birthday! Sounds like an awesome time has been had. We love the zoo! Especially Penguins. Thanks so much for linking up to #KCACOLS hope to see you back next time!
    Kat recently posted…My Blog Name Meaning – Blogtober16My Profile

    1. Thank you Kat. Penguins are so cool aren’t they?

  15. Happy anniversary, and a big happy birthday to your son! Penguins and otters are always my favourite at the zoo, and how amazing to see the tigers so close! So often they’re hiding away. Thank you so much for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove
    Katy – Hot Pink Wellingtons recently posted…Pumpkin Picking at Garsons FarmMy Profile

    1. Thank you Katy. I could just watch these lovely animals at play all day – glad you love them too!

  16. What a week of celebrations! Penguins are my favourite, there is just something about them that always make me smile. Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove x
    Laura – dear bear and beany recently posted…Being An Auntie…The Ordinary MomentsMy Profile

    1. They are such funny creatures, aren’t they?

  17. Caroline Carter says: Reply

    Edinburgh zoo sounds great. I love visiting Edinburgh and the zoo sounds a great place the whole family. We went child free last time we visited. I feel your pain about your boy turning 10 my eldest was ten back in September it was a real emotional time for me I really can’t believe I have a 10 year old plus what happened to my baby boy. Have a great week .

    1. I know Caroline, the time goes so quickly doesn’t it? It was a lovely weekend though, Hugo says it’s his best birthday yet! Thanks for commenting x

      1. Caroline Carter says: Reply

        Awww bless him, and your very welcome. I love this linky it’s a great way to round up your week.

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