|no.2.son enjoying fresh fruit salad|
|no.2.brother enjoying the sunshine|
|what? no money!|
|what we got here? then|
|toothbrush! just what I wanted!|
Another thing we resolved to do this year was use the BBQ more! We generally make our own burgers and do the usual sausages and (unpopular) salad stuff looking miserable and wilting in a dish but THIS time we resolved to more challenging recipes including FISH and a "warm" veg.salad.
After several days of searching we eventually found some we all liked and I have to say that they went down very well and we would certainly look to cook these again.
|waiting for food!|
|the weather was glorious!|
|dh - happy to hear no.2.brother is driving, not drinking!|
|dh at the BBQ|
|relaxing over a pint|
|and a glass of wine!|
|Happy birthday - cheers!|
|celebrate with family|
|getting stuck in!|
|food was delicious|
|fresh fruit salad|
|no.1.son enjoying icecream|
this time we added some small "fudge" pieces to the "chocolte, fudge filling" but it hardly counts as "different" cake! We didn't have room spare for the cake during the celebration, so my stepfather and brother went home with it wrapped in clingfilm and kitchen roll like a "goodie bag" you used to angst over as mum of toddler hosting birthday party and expected to come up with original ideas more sparkling than a couple of chews, mini size tub of sweets and a 10p lolly and some "toy" from toysRus in a pack of 500 for £1 ..?
FRESH fruit salad with a good icecream went down well and is always popular - I looked to enhance ours last min, but discovered about the only alcohol I had in the house apart from beer, wine and gin was the sets of minatures of JBean and Baileys! in the end I settled for lemon juice and caster sugar!
The WEATHER was fabulous and the whole day extended to the evening and no.2.son and I rounded it off by eating half of box of maltesers, a cup of tea and watching a Harry Potter film!! Shortly we will go as a family to watch the current HP film - like others have said, we've "grown up" with HP and both no.2.son and I are currently rereading the series of books - I'm about to start 2nd book and he is half way through the 4th ..
Slight disappointment was that we'd hoped my brother's former gf would arrive as her parents are local and she'd promised to pop by on her way home - however she had NEWS .. her sister (whom we only know slightly, but who is a good friend to my brother) had been rushed into the local Hospital and was safely delivered a beautiful baby daughter! her first baby and the first "grandchild" in their family and makes our friend a proud "auntie"! even BETTER news, she confirms her sister IS very much a "pink and girly" flavour and WOULD welcome anything IN pink and with frills! hurrah! at LAST! I can gorge on the fluffiness of something frothy and PINK in tiny sizes and softest baby-yarns!
So its congratulations all round this weekend! and with my birthday shortly - this year will be by 50th! - say it QUICK and I hardly notice! gulp! the celebrations will continue throughout the summer a little longer ..