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A Very Merry Unbirthday.


Do you remember the song from Disney’s Alice in Wonderland?      A very Merry unbirthday to you.      when I was little I used to think this was a really nasty song, as I miss heard the lyrics and the wrong ones stayed with me until I was probably in my 20’s when the penny dropped!       You see, I had heard the lyrics as A very unmerry birthday.     I therefore thought the Madder Hatter was being horrible.   The film is therefore one of my least favourite Disney movies as a direct result of it!

Anyway, yesterday was M’s Unbirthday.     We had said to him that because we were away for his real birthday, then we would have a family day on the Saturday after we got home to open presents and have a birthday tea.    He was quite understanding about this, and in fact quite excited about getting two days that were about him.

Now, I don’t know about you, but I would have been desperate to open my presents as soon as I got home, but not M.    He didn’t even mention his presents on Friday until bedtime when he said he was excited about the next day and his Unbirthday.

Saturday morning, D was singing the song to him, and I was surprised to hear he knew all the lyrics – http://www.stlyrics.com/lyrics/aliceinwonderland/theunbirthdaysong.htm as, because of my dislike of the film, it’s not one he’s seen in this house!!!!     M though was quite reserved and waited for everyone to come downstairs before he attempted to open even a card!

He was very excited by all he received, including a guitar, which is something he has wanted to learn for a long time.   Hubby said he would learn with him as he had always wanted to learn too.    Both of them, no, all three of my boys took turns during the day to strum away – I finally got a go just before the boys bedtime!      I was sick to death of the sound but I am really pleased he enjoyed it!

Hubbys Mum demanded to be picked up to come over for the afternoon as M’s present was too big for her to carry on the bus.     D and Hubby trekked across town to get her.   M wasn’t happy at not going, but I told him the truth that she was bringing his present and she wanted to wait until she was here to surprise him.      His face was a picture when he saw what she had got him.   It was the one thing he had been asking for, for over a year, because I had said it was something you couldn’t have until you were 8.   It was a Darth Maul skateboard.       The look on his face was amazing as he hugged it.    She had the sense to get him pads to wear.    He did look funny in his PJ’s with knee, elbow and wrist straps, skateboarding along the passage!     He managed to move a little but it will take a lot of practise before he’s moving any distance!

He also received money and vouchers from a couple of people.    Now, I’m not moaning, but I think for a kid, it’s a bit of a non-present.      He’s not old enough to really have things that he wants to save up for.     All he wants on a regular basis is his weekly magazine, and now, Old Person has bought him a subscription to his Ninja Turtle Magazine, so he doesn’t even need to spend his pocket-money on that.      He says he will save his two £10 notes for his next holiday, and I believe he will not touch it as he has made that decision.

The voucher he received was for Argos – not a store you can browse but if you know what you want.    Luckily from his cousins he received some Star Wars characters that interact with the I-pad – the problem there is the I-pad is D’s so he’s having to beg to get to use it.     Hubby looked up to see if Argos sold additional sets of these character and they did, a set of 6 for £10 – his voucher is for £20.      He was very excited and they actually went for a walk this morning to go and get them – Argos is one of the handful of shops in our town.     He is made up, saying he has spent his money wisely!

Back to Saturday.     The boys played on the skateboard or with the guitar all afternoon, while the Old People sat on the sofa complaining about who had the most things wrong with them!      Hubbys Mum has been quite poorly lately but she sees going to the doctors as visiting with an old friend and therefore doesn’t get to the bottom of her ailments – she does then moan constantly about getting nothing done but gets very angry when you suggest she visits a different doctor in the practise!

We ordered Chinese for tea.    There is a Chinese in the town, but the one that delivers from a few miles over does a far more interesting set menu, that lets you choose your mains, so its worth the £2 delivery charge!        Everyone tucked in and enjoyed it – even the Old People.    And there is enough left over for today!

M then had a second birthday cake.   This one was an Angry Bird, and he was very excited by it.    M doesn’t like jam.   The very mention of the word has him shuddering, and yet, he is happy to munch on a jam and cream sponge!     I have said it before, I have weird children!

M went to bed a happy wee man having had a very exciting Unbirthday.     It had been so exciting, that he was being sick within half and hour of settling down.       It wasn’t illness sickness, just too much excitement and nervous energy and his body reacted the only way it knew how to.    He doesn’t remember being sick, and it was only when I took a wet Jimmy out of the washing machine that he asked why he had been in the bath overnight!

That’s the birthdays over and done with for the year, now to turn our attention to Christmas.


Happy Birthday Baby.


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One More Day to Go.


Tomorrow is the end of term.    It has flown by since the kids returned in August.

Although this first term is relatively short, I think everyone is ready for the break.

The problem with these short holidays, it is two weeks they have off, they actually take more preparation than the longer ones.     During the longer holidays there is time to get used to the change of routine before having to think about going back again.   The shorter ones however, they just get used to not having to rush about in the morning, when they have to start doing it again.

The boys have been asking if its Friday since Monday, wishing the week away.    There are a couple of reasons they are desperate for these holidays, and it means they are going to be busy, and therefore the change of routine is slightly less stressful.    I do also think they are tired and just ready for some down time.

Firstly on Friday night, they are going for a sleep over with Hubby to his Mums.     They are mega excited about this.     M is already worrying about which pizza she will order for them – she doesn’t cook.     The sad thing is that as much as they are excited about going, she is only doing it because Hubby asked her.    She will have nothing for the boys to do, they will have to take their own DVDs and games.      She will then stand and hover just in case they make a mess, then say it doesn’t matter, but bring it up every time the evening is mentioned in the future.      I think it is so sad that she doesn’t embrace the time she has with the boys.   If she just lets her guard down, she does know how to enjoy herself, she just chooses not to.   Last time they had a sleep over there, M wanted to come home by 10am the following day, as he was bored!     I’m not say she should be all singing and all dancing – god forbid, but I just wish she could make a little more effort, after all as the boys grow up, other things become more important to them than spending time with old fogies.

Next week, the boys both have eye examinations.    I’m a little concerned if D needs glasses as he will squint when reading and hold the book really close.    We will find out one way or the other.    If he does, it might help his moods if he can see better, and if he doesn’t, I will prepare to do battle when I tell him not to hold his book so close!    M also has the dentist.    It will be his first filling, so I am nervous for him.    He on the other hand is very cool about it because he likes the dentist and says he is his friend.   I just hope he feels the same way after this.    He broke a tooth a while back, and was excellent with the injection and then the extraction, so I am hopeful for this.

On Wednesday we will be going to the local family restaurant in the town, as they have Scooby Doo visiting.    M is a Scooby addict at the moment, so it will either totally freak him out, as he isn’t always keen on people in character costumes, or he will be totally in awe.      Time will tell!     I just think if he doesn’t get the chance to see if he can cope with it, he will never forgive me!

The second week of the holiday is the main event.   We are going down to Berwick for a few days to the caravan park we visited at Easter.     The kids loved it there, and we enjoyed the calmness of them having fun.    Sitting having a coffee while they played games with the hard-working play leaders was the biggest buzz ever for me, as it was wonderful to see them wanting to be involved.

The reason we chose that week to go away is because M’s birthday is on the Wednesday.   He sees all of his class mates having parties – most of which he doesn’t get invited to, and thinks that he should be having one.     We tried it a couple of years back, and it just freaked him out big time, so we vowed never to put him through that again.      Therefore if we are away, he can have treats and be spoiled by us, and he doesn’t worry about no party.       We will then have a family tea for him when we get home, so he can have his presents.

We therefore have quite a lot to fit into the two weeks.    It does however mean I am rushing about for a couple of days trying to get it all organised.      It is so much easier to do things when I don’t have little helpers about!

Today I have been cleaning and tidying as I know I wont get a chance to do that while they are off!   Tomorrow I will go shopping and hide the food for the holiday.    I refuse to cook while we are away, so we do eat out or have take-away while at the caravan.   It is therefore just snacks I am buying, and if I don’t hide them, they wont survive until we pack the car!    I will also buy food to put in the fridge and freezer for the Old Person for when we are away.   She wont eat it, she never does, but I have to hope she will give in and eat something.

I am looking forward to my me time on Friday evening.     I will get myself something nice for tea, and indulge in some trash telly!    It will only be interrupted by the phone ringing every few minutes with one of the boys needing to speak to me!    That’s what happened last time!

In the mean time I need to get this place fit to be trashed by them next week!