The one in which my husband almost ages 6 years overnight
Well, we finally got the tree up and today's Me on Monday looks a bit like this
We had a busy weekend which ended up with an early birthday celebration for my husband. Our son came over and so did our daughter and her family coming out for their first 'proper' outing with baby Rosie.
The birthday boy got to choose the menu so I cooked lasagne, garlic bread, caprese salad with avocado, and red onion, baby tomatoes, olive and red pepper salad. Choice of two desserts: panettone bread and butter pudding and apple tarte tatin with ice cream. Not to mention cake. I was doing so well, everyone enjoyed dinner and mid afternoon we had a coffee and the obligatory birthday cake with the traditional song followed by the blowing out of the candles. I had bought two candles, one number 6 and one number 1. Only I hadn't. I had bought one number 6 and one number 7. Ooops! A slight alteration helped by a sharp knife cutting off the end of the 7 and the proper age was reinstated!
After an exhausting week helping out with baby Rosie and that little rascal of a big brother, I was so looking forward to going out on Friday evening. A new restaurant has opened up in town and they were having a special pre-opening evening. Tickets were available via an email 'lucky dip' and we were lucky enough to get an invitation. It is a Thai restaurant called the Giggling Squid. There was much wine to drink and so many samples of their starter/canape menu. All for free! The food was fabulous, my favourite was the salt and pepper squid with sweet chilli sauce. Or was it the chicken satay sticks? Or maybe the duck rolls with hoi sin sauce? Don't make me choose - it was all lovely!
Saturday was spent putting up the tree and getting back on top of all the things I've been neglecting while I've been round at Rachel's. We decided that as I had been busy in the kitchen preparing for the Sunday birthday lunch I had earned a night off in the kitchen and we had an Indian takeaway. I have definitely eaten well in the last three days and may have to be a little more cautious over the next week, bearing in mind all the Christmas over indulging that is just around the corner.
So what does this week hold? Well it is the pre-school Christmas party this morning so I am anticipating much glittery craftiness and maybe a special snack table of tasty treats for anyone under the age of 3. This is Leo's last session in Tree Tots, after Christmas he will be going there on his own rather than have mummy/nanny staying with him. I wonder how that will go down? It's another 'first' for them to tick off his growing up list. Seems hardly any time at all since I was dropping his mum off for that first solo visit. How 30 years can fly!