I’ve been putting off writing a blog post – you could call it a case of blogger’s block. I guess I couldn’t think of what to write about (despite life being pretty hectic), was worried that I had nothing of note to say and that it wouldn’t be remotely interesting.
But then I took a step back and remembered the whole point of writing this blog – it’s meant to be my equivalent of my many teenage diaries, albeit with a lot less angst! It will be a memoir for me to look back on one day (when I am too old and crazy to remember independently!) and revisit my memories, my life and my son growing up. So here we are!
The latest with Jake is his first very wobbly tooth which is pretty much the first thing he talks about on a morning and the last thing at night. He is literally obsessed as to when it will drop out and takes great pleasure in getting us all to guess “the day”! However this has now gone on for 2 weeks so the novelty is quickly wearing off this particular competition! My lovely friend Carol at www.mrslcards.com has given us a special bag for the tooth fairy but at the moment it’s just gathering dust and I think it will be for a while yet, much to Jake’s dismay!
Since my last post we enjoyed a really fab family holiday to Rhodes – it was literally red hot every day, the hotel was great, the kids had a brilliant time and we did very little other than potter in and around the pool and indulge in the all inclusive food and drink. Other than a tummy bug on the day home (which involved a timely puke on the transfer bus) it was bliss. Oh and there was “sun-tan-lotion-gate” with my stepson, but I think the penny dropped once his tan rapidly started to peel as soon as he got it! Teenagers! I will definitely return to Greece one day, if only just for the relentless “scorchio” sun. Loved it.
We’ve had a couple of promotions in the family too! Recently Jake was asked to change footy training to join the older lads as he really is excelling at it. He was then hand picked to do extra training on a Saturday to gear them up to be picked for the team. The hubby and I are proud as punch! Maybe one day we’ll be super-rich parents of a Premier League footy player! We can dream!
And on a personal note, I was also promoted at work to the very swanky sounding Head of Media! Check me out! I’m chuffed to bits and the new role is certainly keeping me busy. The days fly over and the change has made me realise how lucky I am to work in an industry I love and one which still keeps me on my toes, even after 16 years. God how old am I!!!???
In other news my lovely niece Lily is coming on a treat! We had another trip to Manchester after our hols for Mark to meet her, but that seems like a long time ago. I love seeing her growing up via the power of Facebook and can’t wait to see her again ASAP! It sounds daft but there’s something different about holding a baby that is actually blood-related to you – you can definitely feel the family ties. I often find myself wandering into the baby section in M&S, drawn to the delightful pink baby gear. Girls’ clothes are so much nicer than boys’! I can see her getting very spoilt at Christmas.
Speaking of which, Jake has discovered his Grandad’s Argos catalogue and, combined with the Smyth’s catalogue, has got a 4 page list for Santa! I think the excitement starts earlier the older they get. I seriously can’t wait for Christmas Day.
In the meantime life is already gaining even more momentum than usual – we have two DJ gigs to go to, a freebie anniversary trip to the Crab and Lobster that I won on Twitter (whoop!), a Hallowe’en party, a girls’ night out, Mark’s birthday and our annual boozy trip with friends to As You Like It’s Santa’s Grotto on Christmas Eve. It will be 2015 before we know it – I actually discussed a January option with a friend today for our next meet up – WTAF!?!?!?!?!?