Friday, 29 May 2009
Thursday, 28 May 2009
Wednesday, 27 May 2009
Tom enjoying his aeroplane painting kit, a gift from his Nanna and Grandad. When one Podling has a birthday, we give the other one a few small gifts to open so they don't feel left out.
The birthday girl at her tea party. She spent all day asking about her party, it's the highlight of her birthday. If forced to choose, I honestly think she'd take the tea party over the presents. The Podlings enjoyed blowing out the candles on her cake so much, we relit them and sang 'Happy Birthday' about four times!
The birthday cake. I made a Victoria sponge and sandwiched it together with seedless raspberry jam. Lily wanted a pink cake, so to decorate it I coloured some white chocolate and used white chocolate buttons and yellow jelly beans to make daisies.
Tuesday, 26 May 2009
We got home late last night after another lovely weekend break in the Lake District. We were blessed with good weather for the entire weekend and enjoyed many a lakeside picnic while we were away. I have lots of pictures to share, but I'm rather busy today getting ready for Lily's birthday tomorrow (I can't believe she is turning three already!) I hope to be able to post about our little holiday later this week. .
Monday, 18 May 2009
Every year for the past eight years, Mark and I have enjoyed the cheese fest that is the Eurovision Song Contest with a cheese fest of our own. It has become our annual tradition to have our own little Eurovision party, the main point of which is to try to get foods to represent as many European countries as possible. Whilst enjoying our continental victuals, we amuse ourselves by writing our own comments about each of the performances. In 2003, Eurovision fell in the middle of our honeymoon tour of Europe, so we bought a load of continental foods and holed ourselves up in our Swiss hotel to watch the contest on BBC world.
Our Eurovision 2003 party, which we enjoyed in Switzerland whilst on our honeymoon. The small dog I'm holding is Mini Mark, a gift from Mark to me when I was going to America for three weeks during my PhD. He goes with us whenever we are travelling and I suppose you could call him our unofficial family mascot.
As always we really enjoyed our evening, though it is continually disappointing to see the political block voting that goes on the Eastern and Baltic states. It was nice to see the UK doing so well this year, though I have to confess that Mark and I both disliked our song and found it rather dull! Ah well, if there's one thing that the Eurovision Song Contest proves year after year it's that there's no accounting for taste!
Friday, 15 May 2009
Wednesday, 13 May 2009
Monday, 11 May 2009
Mark and I celebrated our sixth wedding anniversary yesterday. At 3.00pm on May 10th 2003 I promised to love, honour and obey my husband and I've never found a promise so easy to keep. Life with Mark just gets better and better and I thank God that I am fortunate enough to be his wife. Our marriage has been blessed with three children (one yet to be born) who have brought so much joy and purpose to my life. I am also lucky enough to have married into a wonderful family and now have a fantastic mother and father-in-law and two lovely brothers-in-law to add to my own wonderful family. I truly feel blessed to be Mark's wife and look forward to what our future may bring.