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.
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!!
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??!