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Yes...this is ALL about me, and mine. Marvellously self indulgent, feel free to tell me how splendid I am, leave comments, nice ones please, I have little kids and teenagers who can do the rude stuff. I am a grandma, to the glorious Joshua, I'm allowed to look frazzled and weary, I earned it. The older I get, the more I see that hanging on and being patient is worth it! They ( whoever 'they' are) are so right when they say you never know what is around the corner, it isn't always an articulated truck! It is vital to make the time for making memories, friends are the greatest treasure, I love mine. I am rich!

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

So, It’s one of those days…lots to tell, make time to tell it, 3 times computer crashes while almost at posting point. Grrrrrrr she growls, am just too flustered to do this right now.
Brother in law is coming tomorrow, he misses Kara and so is coming, here, to this house, that once upon a time looked like this…..

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But now looks like this…….

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Dan is coming tomorrow because he is going to be 21. TWENTY ONE. My boy, my son, a man.
So I have cleaning to do, cake to make ( no eggs, ack, no eggs ,damn, will have to make cake tomorrow), as well as blow balloons, clean house, catch children, be nice to husbands, rearrange bedrooms, strip beds, remake beds.

I will tell you about Paris another day, when I haven’t got a house to clean, which will be never but there will be a day when I don’t clean it because it won’t matter that it looks like hell’s charity shop on clearance day. One day it won’t matter because all the children will be in school all day and I will know that I have 8 hours to clean it, so the evening before I will write and relax and say “who cares?” and sit amidst chaos without a care in the world , and you can bet your bottom dollar that someone will come to visit, they do that don’t they? (Oooh good tip, when you need to clean but just can’t manage to muster the enthusiasm, when you feel that someone will call and see just how filthy and slovenly you are, get the vacuum, plug it in near the front door and go and sit down with a cup of something hot and a cake, even a magazine. If someone calls, you open the door and say “ oh I am So sorry, look I am in the middle of cleaning, I have turned everything out and haven’t started putting it back yet” In a high pitched flustered voice, and they will believe you….just don’t take them into the room with the cup, cake and magazine……don’t do that.)

So, It is now 00.29 and I have so much to do……pictures galore tomorrow. I promise.

Oh but LOOK....some pictures now, H took them and I am all hot and sweating because I was running around being me, busy and doing a hundred things at once, but look ...see...I saw them and thought NORMAL, like Julie in her pictures, impossible to explain how it feels after 22 years to see a picture that doesn't make me want to put a bucket on my head and hide behind a very big tree......

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And my eyes are shut and I am pulling a face but hey....I'm upright, that counts for something, right? When did that person next to me get so tall??? I thought the Sophie girl was still shorter than me, she must be about 5' 9" now...and that body? It is scarey to be the mother of someone with a body like that. I made that body......what was I thinking???

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Blogger Shay-Shay said...

Oh Helen!

Beautiful, beautiful pictures! So many birthdays happening at your house! That's wonderful! Your house is beautiful, no matter if its tidy or not! It's all about Love!

Happy birthday to Dan, too!

Thank you for these!


11:41 pm  
Blogger Julie Julie Bo Boolie said...

You look GORGEOUS! Love the before and after pics LOL

Happy Birthday to Dan!



P.S. thanks for the vacuum tip ;)

12:51 am  
Blogger Julie Q said...

Thanks for your sweet words Helen. :) You are right, nothing wrong when your children want to stay near you.

I must admit, when I know people aren't coming over, I too let things go. My brother is coming with his family tomorrow, we've been busy! ;)

Great pictures! You look wonderful! Sophie is beautiful. I love her name by the way.

Happy 21st Birthday to Dan!

2:10 am  
Blogger Lilsoutherngirl said...

Helen, you are great. I don't think it matters one bit that your house isn't as clean as you'd like. I don't think your guests will mind either. They are coming to visit you and not your house. I wouldn't care one bit. Let them keep up with young children and keep a spotless house. Yeah right. Good luck with that....hahahaha

1:49 pm  
Blogger mom of 2 said...

Love your house! And the 2nd picture isn't a's lived boys!!!

3:39 pm  
Blogger oh evil one said...

dear god sophie dresses just like aubrie. now aubrie has gained 20 lbs and looks shapely and not like an anorexic girl. i think her boobs are in competition with sophie. let me go look at lyric and remember how they used to look. can't wait to hear all about it. you skinny bitch! have a cookie or something. just kidding, you know i love you.

3:56 pm  
Blogger -Lo said...

Oh Helen. I love the pictures, and the cake!!! I love the cake!!!
And that girlie of yours is so so so very beautiful!!!
(I cant remmeber the last time i could see a hipbone of mine)
Happy Happy Birthday to your lovey!


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