Having spent most of yesterday refreshing my emails constantly, searching in Junk and even Trash (just incase I had mistakenly deleted “IT” ) – finally, not by email at all but by good old-fashioned letter (Sellotaped on the back for extra privacy don’t you know) ”IT” came…the fantastically good news that our appeal for Maddie’s secondary school had been successful and that they had awarded her a place.
I read it, Dan read it, I re-read it and it sunk in, we had won. Tom’s transport fight had seemed endless, but we won and now this. After the stressful preparation and the emotion of the appeal meeting a couple of weeks ago I am cock a hoop!! whoop de whoop! and all other manner of whoops you could possibly think!
I was so very grateful for the support I received with the provision of evidence from various people so flowers and thanks have been delivered and it seemed fitting to let you all know too that we did it, as many of you along the way have sent me luck and love through my blog and Twitter and have bolstered me from afar so THANK YOU ever so much to each and every one of you.
To celebrate, I’ve just had a huge lovely walk with Gus and our friends Tania and Buzby and Dan is coming home for lunch with me (for a landscaper in the midst of silly season – that’s huge!).
I finally feel now I can breathe.
As we race toward the end of the school term I spent a few hours this week feeling terrifically nostalgic. I was looking back through a box of old photos searching fruitlessly for some of Maddie for the Year Book that school produce, full of lovely memories for the children who are leaving primary school.
The problem is I cannot locate a huge envelope of random, special ones that I know are somewhere here in the house but what I did find in the box were all the early years and all the birth pictures – oh my goodness it spiralled me into such a nostalgic mood.
How come the years then seemed so carefree, so happy? I know, I know that when I look back at these years captured in moments I shall feel exactly the same, so why is it that ‘then’ seems so much lovelier than ‘now’. Why oh why can’t we truly live in THIS minute? I feel I really try but am I succeeding?
That said, Tom’s 14th birthday was a joy and his utter delight when he opened his present to find tickets for Olly Murs was just spectacular to see – watch the video below. The concert was fabulous, Olly a star and as luck would have it Dan, Joe and Maddie’s film finished ahead of the concert, so we had door to door pick up – a bonus for sure as the O2 can be a pickle to get away from at the end of a night.
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The pleasure I had from Tom’s four school friends joining us on the Friday ahead of his birthday was immense. To see them with him and realise their natural acceptance of him and also the thoughtful presents they had bought for him made me super happy… not quite so happy when one broke his wrist after a slip on my floor.
Saturday was spent with two amazing families whom I adore. To see all our special boys reach the ’14’ milestone and see them and all their siblings (minus two) enjoying each others company was truly special.
So look, here I am, living in and appreciating the moments right here and now after all…how very lucky I am.
Aside from birthdays I have had a weekend of fun. I spent an entire day having lunch with the amazing G Force girlies. We were all in the dance group from the Gladiators show on ITV – remember that super Saturday night family entertainment show?
Well we and our pom poms entertained the nation back then and we entertained the restaurant on Saturday that’s for sure, though we did get a little telling off from the manager at one point. Our waiter Mo I think loved the experience, he was our chief photographer you see, I think he got a little more than he bargained for!
The flexibility of our birthday girl was evident and the girls all posed with legs up, all except yours truly, in fact this picture was after Mo said “Ok girls all ready except for…..” and proceeded to point to me – I was the only one in a dress! Plenty of champagne was consumed and we all had the best time catching up, a truly fabulous day.
More fun on the Sunday as Dan and I joined Jacqui and her husband, Ali and Colin, Alison and Simon, Craig, Michael, Sara, Debbie and Julia at Lulu’s London gig. She was seriously dynamite and it really was so lovely to hang out together for an evening, believe me a real rarity – we were wondering quite who was on air with you that night!!
The alarm on Monday morning was quite a ruuuuuude awakening… but somehow once you’re up and moving things don’t seem quite so bad!
Before I scoot I absolutely must tell you about a new skincare regime I have been lucky enough to have been trialing. I have been completely impressed – really, really impressed. In fact Alison Young and I managed to discuss Radical – STILL talking “shop” even on Sunday at the gig (well in-between her Tweeting pics of my husband and his “mesmerising or was it magnetic baby blues” I quote!!)
Anyway, Radical is the range, it really has over-delivered. I’ve used nothing aside from the Radical regime for four weeks (pretty much our 30 day money-back guarantee) and my skin has loved it. The Hydrating Cleanser is super and easy (soft skin afterwards).
At night I followed with the Age-Defying Exfoliating Pads – a quick swipe over the face means the dead skin cells are removed to hurry up the new cells and also allow better absorption for all the next stage of goodies… the luxury of the serums – they are wicked!
I have used two together as when Emma (who met up with me to educate me about the brand) described one as “opening the gateway (the Youth Infusion Serum) to allow all the phenomenal anti-ageing properties of the Advanced Peptide Antioxidant serum in” I was rather hooked.
Eye Revive Creme, Firming Neck Gel and the beautiful Anti Ageing Restorative Moisturiser completed my Radical Regime. I am completely smitten and as I’ve written this I have looked at the reviews on the website and it seems I am not alone. I will be continuing using Radical – I love it and can really recommend it and Alison Young is in agreement too!
The Radical sisters will be back with us in QVC in August – I really hope I’m on air with them, but the website is of course where you can head before then if you simply can’t wait !
Ok, so now time to scoot, there’s a glass of celebratory bubbles being offered – hey why not? Wednesday is a GOOD day!
With lots of love,
Claire – “Cheers!” xx