It's been a bit of a 'birthday whirl' here over the last 48 hours or more, I've had a ball! I am thankful for having amazing friends and family who have helped me celebrate, it has been a great few days. The down side is that Husband is due home this evening. He has been away since early Thursday morning and the little black cloud that haunts us when he is here, followed him down to Cornwall, well I guess it did because it hasn't been here over the last few days. However I can feel it's imminent return and my heart is heavy. I am trying not to think about it, so forgive me if I reminisce a little.
With Husband out of the house, I was able to arrange for some of my very best girlfriends to come over for the evening on Friday night. It really is so good to have the house free. They came bearing gifts and cards and all brought fabulous food. We all ate far too much, and some of us drank a little too much also! We giggled a bit and told girly tales. It was fun and lasted well into the night.
On Saturday morning I was woken by Tall Girl and Small Sprog singing 'Happy Birthday To You' at the top of their voices. They had made cards and Tall Girl had been shopping, making sure Small Sprog had something to give me too. We opened presents in bed and other cards that the postman had delivered. We had fun.
By 11am Mum had arrived to share a late breakfast of Chocolate Croissants, which is a birthday tradition in this house. One of the Nit Children from down the road joined us too. I was conscious my calorie intake was gathering speed. (Mum had brought more presents and cards and a cake!) The children had already half eaten their way through Small Sprogs gift of a box of chocolates, so there was a bit of a sugar rush going on. What they ate I didn't though, so there was a bonus in there some where!
After a leisurely few hours with Mum, we all went out to the local University Botanical Gardens, Small Sprogs choice. He had been on a school trip there earlier in the week and was inspired. We had our own guide for the whole trip. It was a beautiful day.
By the time we returned home it was nearly tea time. We lit candles and ate cake (more sugar) and I thought that I couldn't remember such a nice day at home for a long time. In the evening, while Mum babysat the children, I fell into my Oasis. It was a perfect ending to a perfect day. I am very,very lucky.