Hard to believe, but in the seven weeks since we' returned from our Chicago trip, Karen, Hilary & myself have not all been together at the same time! So it was lovely to have the excuse of Hilary’s birthday to put that to rights! Hilary’s daughter was the catalyst, inviting us to join a group of family & friends at Hilary’s favourite restaurant ‘Yuva’ in Bassingbourne. I know I’ve said this before, but if you are local enough to pay them a visit, you will not be disappointed!!! Anyhow. I digress!!…
Another good thing to come out of this invitation was that my creative mojo got a kick up the backside, as I wanted to make a card for Hilary, using the butterflies in a similar fashion to a recent LO of mine that she had commented favourably on!! So this is what I put together…
I think she liked it!!!
The evening was just lovely, we got to meet one of Hilary’s daughters & her boyfriend, along with several other of Hilary’s friends whose names we had heard before & can now put faces to! The birthday girl was radiant & much jollity ensued! The restaurant provided a celebration dessert, complete with an amazing indoor Roman candle!!!
They also presented her with a bottle of wine to take home….all in all it was a very enjoyable evening, with, of course, more than a few reminiscences of our recent shared trip!!
There was even some discussion on where our next adventure might take us…Seattle? Texas? Boston? The possibilities are endless…whoever suggested that scrapbooking is a boring hobby?!!!
There was one mishap to report…before the evening had even got under way!!! I had baked a batch of chocolate cupcakes, so that I could take one as a token birthday cake for Hilary. I was all ready to go, wearing a new white sprigged dress (worn for the first time, as it, at last, fits me properly!!!), & as I was early, I sat down on the sofa….MISTAKE!!! The boys had each had a cupcake & there were cake crumbs & frosting right where I sat!!!! So my lovely new, pretty, girly dress is in the wash before it’s even been properly worn!! I had to throw on something very quickly, but hey, the night wasn’t about my clothes & it didn’t spoil the fun at all!!
To finish, I would like to share a photo with you that brings a lump to my throat every time I look at it!!! Over at Dixie Pieces this month, they are setting a series of photographic challenges & the first was ‘catch lights’…to explore the available light in your home & capture someone with that little spark of light in their eyes.
I ran off dozens of shots of Alex as he lay on the floor, engrossed in an X-Box game, & when I uploaded them, out of all off them, I got this one… it may not be technically perfect & the lighting is certainly ‘off’ but just look at how this boy is turning into a young man…I know I’ve asked this before, but where did my baby boy go? I think I blinked & he grew up!!!!!
So, I’m off now to commence packing for our three days in London! We have so much planned & we are going to be proper tourists!!! With both Alex & I celebrating our birthdays on Wednesday, that days activities are entirely our choice…no complaints allowed from the other parties involved!!! I almost certainly won’t be posting again until our return, so I hope everyone has a good week ahead & I’ll be back soon…older &… errr…wiser???!
Thanks so much for stopping by! : )