Sunday, 21 October 2007

A family night out

Last night was something of a first for our family...we went to a party together. I've always been something of a stickler for a regular bedtime routine for our children and it has always worked very well for us. I have tried to keep the Podlings to a regular bedtime right from the start, so we never went out at night with them even when they were tiny. Last night was a treat for us all though as we had the pleasure of attending the evening reception of a good friend of ours who married recently (Mark and I attended the wedding, which was held on the beautiful Amalfi coast in Italy last week. I'll post some pictures soon).

We arrived at the party at about 8.30pm and the Podlings were both in high spirits. Tom quickly honed in on the balloon table centrepieces and immediately took possession of a gold star balloon which he then held on to for the entire night. As you can see from the picture below, Mark couldn't see much of what was going on for much of the night! In addition to which, flush from the success of blowing out the candles on his birthday cake, Tom was going from table to table trying to blow out all the tea lights!

Unfortunately, we left the camera in the car and by the time there was an opportunity to go and get it, Tom was getting tired. The only picture I have of him in his party finery is the one below. He'd been asking to go home for some time before this photo was taken! At about the same time, however, Lily was just getting into her stride! They didn't start the disco until about 10.15pm, but Lily was up and dancing like there was no tomorrow. She was spinning and stomping and twirling away and basically having a great time! I think I know which of my children will be the party animal!

We had a lovely time and left at about eleven, which is about two hours later than we thought the Podlings would last! We put them in their pajamas before we left and then carried them straight up to bed when we got home 50 minutes later. You would think we'd have had a nice lie-in this morning, but sadly they both woke up at more or less their usual times. Oh can't have it all!

FYI, I will be posting some pictures of Tom's third birthday later this week.


Quidam_Ela said...

I love how despite how obviously tired Tom is, he wasn't about to let go of the balloon!
Lily's party dress is lovely too - how clean did it stay? I know she has a penchant for chocolate!

Paula said...

Amazingly, Lily managed to stay very clean despite sharing my chocolate cake. Tom didn't let go of the balloon until he fell asleep in the car on the way home!

Please don't worry about Tom and Marks' presents. I haven't even managed to get poor Gareth's card in the post yet. I never seem to manage to get his birthday present to him on time. He must think we don't love him!