May came and went at speed and here now is June, full of promise and positively bursting with its summery plans…let's hope, little June, that those plans come to fruition and we get our carefree, lazy, sunshine-filled days of our youth during your residency!
How are you all? I do apologise for a rather blog-less month last month but let's catch up and we can amend that right now!
Let's start with my teenager! The wonderful celebratory weekend we had to mark Tom's move into the big teen numbers was totally brilliant.
Food figures hugely in Tom's life, so pizzas made in our garden on Dan's pizza oven, plenty of cake, a cheeky cinema trip thrown in and all his friends would guarantee a perfect party (or two) for Tom.
Just to see the 16-strong gang from the primary school, maturing and back together again was wonderful. Lots of hanging out, chatting, instragramming, trampolining and the likes in our garden was a joy to watch. Tom was in his element, just look at him surrounded by girls , girls, girls and oh such beautiful ones!
I soon realised that their pizza creations needed a little assistance to get going, so I adopted a bossier approach (inherited from my mothers head teacher genes!) so soon had the perfect conveyor belt going. I'd already made and proven the dough (believe me, a Kitchen Aid is going to be bought very soon, I cannot keep this up!) they bashed it about and then rolled it out. I checked it, then sent them off to adorn it with a variety of toppings. The peel was slid underneath and popped into the pizza oven and "voila" – in a matter of minutes, delicious tasty pizza.
Mind you, I ignored my own advice of "less is more" and piled everything on to mine, resulting in a teensy little soggy bottom. I think I was so starving watching them all make their own I was greedy!
The following day after the eight boys had enjoyed the freedom of watching Captain America on their own at the cinema and chilled out in the garden, the pizza making was honed to perfection.
Along with his new teenage title, Tom took a little (well not quite so little…four days worth of worrying ) excursion to Paris with his school…phew, it was tough as I dropped him off at his school in the early hours of Monday…luckily I had the Morning Show and a busy few days at QVC to occupy me and lessen my "what ifs".
Needless to say, he had a ball, loved every minute of it and I contained my worries very well…many of you kept me upbeat on Twitter those days, so Thank you!
It was so fabulous when he came off the coach, into my arms with the words "I love you Mummy," "I missed you Mummy " said loudly and proudly. I gulped into his shoulder (he's so tall now), you know the lack of inhibition or embarrassment shown by Tom because he has Down's Syndrome has got to be just one of the many huge bonuses of having a son with Down's Syndrome. I think I was envied by many parents that evening who had just the obligatory "alright" or nod from their child.
I decided to take half term away from QVC just to spend some time doing normal stuff- we weren't heading anywhere fancy, but it was nice to just be around and do all the catch up things like haircuts, dentists, brace appointments…oh my poor three, what an unexciting half term they had! Actually, we threw in some fun (of course!) and headed off to Dorset to surprise one of our dearest friends on her 50th birthday. We totally shocked her and had the best time celebrating over the Bank Holiday weekend. Her daughters were exhausted from all the secret-keeping!
To complete half term in style, Maddie and I spent Saturday enjoying our Christmas present treat of seeing Katy Perry at the O2!
What a fantastic show, I totally loved it all. When I saw all the people who had dressed up Katy Perry-style I soooooo wished I had (I have a mean California Girl costume I made, blue wig and all!). But Maddie's , "you are soooo embarrassing " conversation made me see sense!
Maddie singing her head off and jumping around to all the tracks was just brilliant! My moment of sheer specialness came when the song "Unconditionally" was sung. I felt a little hand slip into mine and lock fingers and Maddie lent over and kissed and kissed me…a forever snapshot memory for my heart!
School term (all seven weeks of it..!) is racing by. Already Tom is asking what we shall be doing in the summer holidays… heeeelp!!!
I have a plethora of exciting new items left in my dressing room whilst I was off, so expect reports! Incidentally, top vote from me for June's new beauty pick of the month, AD's Skin Synergy. I was already a fan of it and have added it in permanently to my routine at the moment. Really easy, so worth a try.
Studio 10 looks an exciting and interesting cosmetic range, I shall be playing with that this weekend when I'm on air with you all.
So, see you Saturday at 9am with Richard Jackson,
Sunday at 2pm essence of beauty and at 3pm with Sealy beds
Monday at 10am with Liz Earle and at 1pm with Amber
Thursday and Friday ….as I've just deleted my ENTIRE e-mail inbox, I can tell you no more…!
I shall leave this now before any more misfortune technically befalls me!
Kisses and chatter galore!