Yep – we’ve had a birthday celebrations and the official birthday – and now Birthday #2? Yep today was my brother’s birthday. We all hung out at home in the pool in the garden and enjoyed more sunshine before more birthday cake (the cupcake part of my Mum’s cake – yesterday we ate the chocolate base cake – today the red velvet cupcake itself)
Some of the people couldn’t keep up with Sx’s energy! After endless jumping into the pool he invented a tackle challenge game with the American football which wore everyone out
As my nephew is getting married in a few weeks and he and his fiancee are on holiday with us all, it seemed appropriate for us to have a hen day. So today all the ladies headed to nearby Cedar Falls for some pampering
We returned in time for a cocktail lesson by a French barman booked to come to the house for a couple of hours. We learnt how to wield bottles like a pro – although from the spillages it’s a good job his demo was outdoors!!
Even Lx got to join in – mixing a non alcoholic cocktail or two which she shared with her brotherWe had some amazing Mojitos mixed en masse by the bride and groom to be.
Yes this year my Mum is like the Queen and has more than one birthday. Yesterday were the big celebrations but today was her actual birthday.
While the women and children relaxed by the pool, the men went out for some Go Karting fun locally as a “stag” celebration for my nephew who is getting married in a few weeks.
Then at 4pm it was “champagne and birthday cake”. The cake was made and decorated by my very clever niece (who is also doing her brothers wedding cake in a few weeks – both making and decorating it once she gets to Italy – brave girl!!)
Today was the day for the big birthday party for Nan’s 80th birthday. The forecast wasnt great and we woke to grey skies. It brightened a little for us to take a tour of the (very VERY extensive grounds)…
and then for the children to try out the heated pool and find it was in fact lovely and warm. The sun continued till there was a mid afternoon downpour which made us think the sun was over – but then the sun reappeared and it was a beautiful sunny evening all evening.
Nan’s brother who lives nearby came over for the evening and after cocktails and nibbles we moved on to full barbecue. The theme was “Pirates of the Caribbean” to enable people to go for a Caribbean outfit or a pirate one.
Later we moved indoors for some bingo with a pirate twist. EVen Lx as bingo caller added “arr” to the end of ever call eg”5 of diamonds – arr”.