Life at the moment is good busy.
Laura's birthday is on Thursday,
so on Saturday we celebrated with family here.
26 people, and among them lots of other
birthdays to catch up on, too.
I think we sang "Happy Birthday" about 6 or 7 times,
most of them with multiple people named!
Laura requested a marble cake,
which I decorated with rainbow sprinkles,
piped chocolate buttercream
Steve photographed the cake while I frantically
worked on last-minute cooking and cleaning,
including (with Laura's help) assembling
gluten-free Melting Moments
Fortunately all our visitors were
politely at least 10 minutes late,
so we even had time to look up and smile at the camera.
Can you believe my baby is almost 13?
And here she is later in the afternoon,
enjoying some of her gifts -
fluro coral sunglasses,
a lion handpuppet
and a very gorgeous and beloved rug
crocheted by an aunt.
We had a wonderful time
all together, it's rare that
every single member
of our extended family
can be all together.
And of course the afternoon tea table
was groaning with plates of
sweet and delicious food
(thankfully not all cooked by me).
Lovely to see the nieces and nephews
growing up, too.
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And in other busy-but-good-ness ....
I have been requested lately
to source various items,
including (but not limited to):
pink, black, white or silver schoolgirl dress
(for a punk schoolgirl themed dance at school)
Mad Hatter's hat
(for Emily's birthday party soon)
many and various
craft activity and lollies
(for Laura's party with friends)
leis and flowers for hair
(for ballet concert)
food for parties and a goodbye present
(a friend of Laura's moved to another state)
formal/military style dress
(Emily is going on a formal harbour cruise
with her youth group)
.... and I haven't even started to think
about Christmas presents yet!
But I like shopping,
and the challenge of finding
the perfect item at the right price.
So it's all good.
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How busy is your November??