Pre and actual birthday!

Yesterday I took myself off into the city for art, dental cleaning, art supply shopping, lunch with friends, shopping, coffee with a friend, more shopping and finally dinner with Alex. Yes! Quite the day. A pre-birthday off is the best way to start your actual birthday.

Today we hung out at home and did all the usual things, except with added Lego. I got the Lego ‘Arctic Basecamp’. It’s really, really cool. The Pingus enjoyed playing with it a lot. They need their own Lego. I was having to build quickly before they snaffled the parts for their own stuff. So yeah, they need their own Lego. Santa, did you hear that?!


We managed to break Lego building, briefly, for a birthday cake to be baked.


And now the final stretch into Christmas. Hurrah.


Happy birthday, Alex!

You had to supervise your own birthday cake being made.


Then share blowing the candles out.


Hey, don’t those candles look familiar? And thank you for being a good sport for another year!

Aftermath and what we are reading

The girls decided to have a pajama day, and of course by the time 4pm tiredness had set in Zoey was demanding to know why she was still in her pjs. “Why mummy, WHY am I not in clothes?”

There was relief all around that we were at home today with no visitors so Nomi and Zoey could get fully stuck in to playing with their new toys and reading new books.


A friend gave them Dr. Seuss books which I’m not familiar with but after a day of reading and re-reading them I’m now on first name terms with Sam-I-am, and Things Two and One.

But the girls are not the only ones getting stories I am reading books again! Hurrah after three years I’ve finally figured out how to squeeze time in for reading. I bought myself a Kindle as my gift to myself for three years of parenting, and banned my iPhone from the bedroom. Now I read my book before bed and more importantly when I wake in the morning (I’m normally conscious well before 6am but unable to move so not to disturb the pingus).

Within a few days of getting the Kindle I’d managed to finish The Goldfinch which I’d been reading all year, and now I’m galloping through Gone Girl which is quite brilliant.

At 4:45am “Mummy, is it morning?”

We’ve had a long yet lovely day. The first birthday for Nomi and Zoey that really means something. A day to measure all other days by. There were many little happy dances, and the best present of all?

Why Daddy of course.


Tomorrow we party like it’s 2011.

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