Hello! its been a while.....
since I last wrote, whats happened? The weather has turned, its officially COLD!! Plus its the Christmas run up, big game releases (£40/£50 a time?!) loads of toy adverts the word of the season is SKINT!
I hope you are all well and taking care of your broods and yourselves in these cold months :)
Well back to the blog. Last time I wrote GTA V has just been released (yawn) to hubbys great delight and entertainment! Since then we have be plagued with germs, my poor daughter had "bad coughies mummy" bless her, we have managed to shift that then I got ill, no fun trying to get through work, be a mum etc as well as trying to get over the cold, I am just getting there now, although as I type this the "man flu" has hit my hubby so hes in bed and eating his words that he had "no sympathy" for me "its only a sniffle" etc etc god bless Karma :)
So we have had Halloween and what mixed opinions out there, some people do parties their own or attend organised ones, some do halloween tea/crafts etc for their own children, others stick to tradition and just go trick or treating. I find people very negative towards the general trick or treating tradition which is a shame really but I can see their point. For me I think a group of children together under the age of 10 is nice to go trick or treating with (this is what we did with cousins of various ages), only calling at houses dressed up etc to avoid any upset to people. I do like the party idea too as it caters for children through to adults maybe taking the younger kids trick or treating as part of the party games? but whatever you did I hope you all had fun!! We certainly did, a bag full of sweets and treats but they are rationed in this house as I am a cruel mummy but I am lucky as my child enjoys the gathering of goodies and not so much the eating of such goodies.
Then we had bonfire night and my husband put it out there to his family about having a gathering at our house as we have a garden (we've never had one before). I admit I was sceptical that it would happen but as the date approached things started to set in stone, then thats when I started to stress! How was I going to do the food? Prepare the house? buy fireworks? etc whilst still working and trying to be a mum! Well the date was changed from Tuesday 5th to Sunday 3rd! Sunday in general is my day off so it was a mad dash after work on Friday for food and fireworks, then I hit frozen food sat morning on the way into work and had it deliveried. Sat night we relaxed with Alexis watching DVD's, proper Saturday night dinner (Alexis & I make homemade pizzas - takes 15 mins!).
Sunday morning the chaos started! I scrubbed upstairs, every room and tidied!! Then I hit downstairs, all done by 1pm. Then I realised I needed to prep the food!! So in went sausge rolls, cheese and onion rolls, jelly set, cheese cake done. Lunch served to Alexis and myself, cup of tea and off again, Alexis at this point is playing hostess helping lay the table set out plates wrapping the food etc. By 4pm we were ready! Guests arrived from 5pm and to my amazement it was a fantastic night! Hubby was firework man (probably why he is ill as he got soaked) and I stayed inside to play hostess and it was brilliant, although I won't be doing it again anytime soon! I was shattered but it was worth the in laws gathering to have us all bond and spend time together, the kids loved it too.
Going to work Monday was interesting though :) I struggled to get up! Now the planning for my parents visiting at the end of the month starts, then its Christmas! Do us mums ever rest??
I have also in my wisdom started on good old fashioned home cooking, meals and desserts so I will let you know how I am getting on and I will try to remember to take pictures. My cheesecake was homemade at the gathering and went down a storm! go me :)
until next time folks