First thing to tell you this week is that Lauren’s 21st party was a success! The weather just about held out – apart from a tiny bit of rain in the afternoon, we were lucky and by the evening, the sun even shone. The inflatables went down a storm too – in particular the gladiators ring!
Seeing my relatives and Lauren’s friends bashing the heck out of each other with foam battering rams was a sight to behold! I had a go myself but in a best out of three I'm sad to say my niece Becky beat me soundly. I blame the podiums myself – they twist round! Hehe… someone’s got the footage so I’ll put it on YouTube at some stage. But Brad also had a bash at Lauren – guess who won?
We also had a smashing retro space hoppers race or two – it was so funny. And of course my girl looked beautiful and had a lovely video montage made for her by her boyfriend Ben – it included pictures of her growing up and becoming a grown up I'm so proud of. I’ve decided to share the moments with you as we all watched the video for the first time. There was a tear or two I can tell you.
In the evening of her actual birthday the next day (Monday 6th) Lauren had a little retail therapy at Westfield Mall in Shepherd’s Bush, then we met up with Brad and his girlfriend Cari, and experienced the joys of a belly dancer at a Turkish restaurant.
The kids did their version – sitting down, admittedly! Neither have the ‘show-off’ gene in them.
Yes, she did try to get me up to dance, but no, I didn’t succumb – I resisted as the kids would have been too embarrassed – but if I ever go back again…
The rest of this week has flown by. I’ve enjoyed my time off just being at home and tidying up, post-Lauren! She’s gone back to uni now, in Bath, for her final year, so peace and quiet reigns supreme once more. Now another major-tidy-up begins – no rest for the wicked!