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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, October 08, 2008


That's me, what an emotional roller coaster this is lately. All good though, I'm just not quite used to it all working out OK.
Sophie is proving herself whilst keeping me on my weary toes, she is however sweet and very touching, any disagreements seem to be settled in a very calm way....blimey!
Oh there is such excitement and flip flopping, our trip is coming together, I keep almost talking myself out of it and then she shows that she is really deserving of a huge reward.....this evening I had to remind her that if she wants this time away she has to keep plugging away at paying for it, our lives are not such that something like this can just happen, it isn't going to just 'be' unless we make it happen. She proved that she means to keep her side of the bargain and then said " I do not want to feel like that time my dad promised to take me to the Canary Islands and then at the last minute decided he would go with his new girlfriend instead" She has so many memories of being let down, she is as terrified that I don't mean what I say as much as I am scared that she doesn't mean what she is saying. What a pair!
Tomorrow I am booking the tickets , the trip is more important than new carpet, the house loses again ( poor old house, full of love and shitty patterned carpets!) When we are old and grey we won't care to reminisce on what flooring we had but 4 nights in.......HAH! you so thought I was going to say didn't you? I can't you see, it is a delicious secret until right before we leave, we don't get much excitement around here and when we do, we milk it and make it as HUGE and splendid and we drag out every possible snippet of fabulousness we can.
Anyway we will talk about this trip and ponder over every photograph for years to come, she and I.
So tomorrow we shall have tickets and then we shall start crossing days off the calendar and saving money to spend on frivolous things and christmas gifts for those we leave behind. Bribes for husbands who deserve gadgets that make his eyes light up, because my husband is a saint and stays here with noisy boys and positively encourages me to leave him. ( hmmmmm, let's not ponder on that point for long! I'm sure he loves me and misses me every second, in fact I think he sends me away because he so loves to welcome me back, yes that's it for sure)
So, we're doing good he girl and me. I rather like saying that.
Oh nearly forgot to add the pictures I took today of his very splendidness, Joshua, who cries if I talk to him.




And marvellous my husband may be but he does not share my desire and yea, even need for a calm and tranquil front room, a sitting room devoid of chaos and WIRES and endless STUFF, like speakers and sound systems and another laptop and screens and more WIRES......


One of these days I am taking photos of the complete mess that is near his seat, I don't go near it often because it makes my heart pound and brings me out in a cold sweat, maybe it will shame him to know this is on the internet for all to see, except it won't because a) he doesn't read this blog and b) he could care less, he has gadgets and can reach them all from his comfy chair. Mess? What mess? That there is all technology, that is, marvellous. Anyway look at that carpet? THat's so hideous who is going to be noticing a pile or 32 of wires? Nobody that's who.

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Blogger Rachel said...

Carpet shmarpet. Think what this trip will mean to you, to Sophie, and to the pair of you. Carpet only lasts a few years but you'll make memories that will last for eternity.

Sheesh! Mushy pregnant lady alert! Ok, done with that. That pic of Joshua with the lip is adorable and so so sad at the same time!

As for H, what a gem. He and M. are woven of the same cloth. Think of the things they could talk about, nerdy tech stuff and churchy stuff. Oh, and their incredible wives, of course. :) M. can't wait for me to take trips when I do, either.

Love you so!

12:21 am  
Blogger Tired Mom of Six said...

Oh a trip?! How fabulous! I agree w/Rachel - carpet shmarpet...THIS is the stuff that memories are made of.

Can't wait to hear all about your trip...I'm just dying over here! :)

L&M You! xoxoxox

12:37 am  
Blogger Cathy said...

Way to go Sophie! She keeps you on your toes but shows you that she has finally taken the right path!
I can't wait to hear about your trip together. Oh to see pictures and the memories you will have!

Love you and Sophie. She made us all proud!

12:51 am  
Blogger Jenn said...

I love that Sophie girl - she's got spunk. I hope you guys have a fabulous time on a well deserved trip, and I know you'll have memories to take back that are life changing. No carpet could ever do that!
Besides - new carpet just begs to be stained by little boys.....I seem to recall a chocolate syrup incident that will forever be ingrained in my head making me leary of new carpets until the kids are grown up and moved on. H is pretty marvellous. We'll forgive him all his wires and technology, because he is splendid in his own right.
The Joshua boy is sweeter than chocolate cake!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh Helen, use Sophie's discount and get that man a desk!
Can't wait to hear where you are going. I never go anywhere so I can live vicariously through you and Sophie.

10:05 am  
Blogger Tired Mom of Six said...

Oh and somehow I totally forgot to comment on that BEAUTIFUL baby boy! I must've taken my stupid pills yesterday!

Anyway, he's absolutely delicious! I love that little quivery lip picture the best. He is quite perfect, isn't he?!

12:28 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The trip sounds absolutely splendid and what a blessing to be going on a fun getaway with just a gorgeous daughter by yourside. Girl time. Awesome.

I love you so much and i am just so happy for you and for Sophie. She has an amazing constant in her life and you're a blessing to her and to so many others.

I had to laugh at H and his wires!

2:15 pm  

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