Having not posted for a while, it’s time for a quick family update from the last few weeks.
Let’s start with the church weekend away where we thought about our involvement in the local community, discussed philosophy into the evening, Tany and I went for a jog together (we’ve never been able to do that before), we flew kites (see photo) and climbed through a bouncy castle obstacle course. Of course, this turned into a race and I managed to pull a hamstring, I’ve never done that before, it really hurt.
The next weekend was a trip to Southampton to celebrate my 40th birthday with family and friends.
We had a garden party at my parents’ house with a good number of family members. I’m very blessed to have all these people in my life and the group seems to be growing every year. I remember being a child and coming to these things and playing with my cousins. Now it’s our kids playing.
This was followed by a few hours at the Southwestern Arms with more friends from Above Bar Church.
All this celebrating was swiftly followed by a virus that I couldn’t shake. One moment I was fine, the next I was in bed, for days. I just recovered in time for our family holiday to Norfolk.
We did lots during the week, steam train rides, fish and chips, swimming (in the pool – this was still the UK), ice creams every day, but the best part was watching my girls playing together.
We followed a week away with a week at home. I did some DIY around the home, not as much as I’d planned, and Tany helped with Lighthouse (a local church holiday club) in the morning and worked a little in the afternoon. Amy got to officially go to Lighthouse as she starts school this year, she had a wonderful time, as did Sophie who was in the creche.
That was supposed to be it. After a busy two weeks, we were going to spend the final weekend of the holiday with Tany’s parents and go out for a quiet meal on Friday evening. Only, Tany had saved a surprise.
We got to the grandparents’ when I was given a card telling me that we were flying off to Dublin that evening. I thought something was going on, maybe a night in London, but this was more than I expected. That wasn’t the end of the surprise though.
I told Tany that my best birthday present would be an evening in a pub with friends, so we could talk, catch up on life, reminisce. So, waiting for me in Dublin was Adam and Kate, Joe and Jenny, friends for years, guys I love more than I can say, who just came to hang out for the weekend.
This wasn’t our first visit to Dublin. Tany and I (with Kate and Neil) were there 12 years ago! We’d just started dating. Clearly, we’ve hardly aged.