We suggested lots of way to celebrate but she really didn't want to do anything in particular so we had afternoon tea, cake and bubbly at the house with family. It was lovely celebrating with the main people in her life from the littlest who is 20 months to the oldest who is 94. When I look back it really doesn't seem 2 minutes since she was Sienna's age. I can remember taking this photo of her as though it were yesterday.
We've been sorting out uni accommodation and finance this month and she's booked and paid the deposit for her room in a dorm of 6 students. Before we know it she'll be embarking on the next part of her life's journey all by herself and I expect a lot more than literature will be learnt over the next 3 years.
Pancakes featured as usual although this year there were no requests from Thomas to have a go at tossing one. He did ask to make one but threw the towel in pretty quickly when it got stuck and wandered off happy to be served 7 of the things before he declared he was full!
I haven't given up anything up for Lent, my willpower just isn't up to it and once I've banned something I just want it more. Instead, I'm making an effort to cut out the rubbish that I mindlessly grab on a day. I'm still in baking mode though and had one last hurrah where I stuffed myself full of cookies before I embarked on my 'less sugar' routine. The following week I made a more healthy option of savoury muffins. But I make no apologies for celebrating Amy's 18th with a slice of birthday cake. And I can assure you it's a nasty rumour that after baking chocolate cakes yesterday I ate one. Obviously I'm no saint, but I am feeling quite good that not one biscuit or chocolate in it's solid form has passed my lips in 3 weeks.
We didn't celebrate Valentine's, it's always hit and miss for us, but I cheekily asked Mark for a rain check in the form of a night out at the casino later on in the year. I do love a flutter on the roulette table every now and then. Mind you, I've not gone without treats this month even if I have bought them myself.
The weekend just gone we managed to get over again for 2 nights. Oh boy was it cold. Freezing in fact. I could easily have stayed in the van all weekend but we made a point of getting out in the fresh air and had a walk along the front at Cleveleys. Saturday evening we wrapped up warm and had a walk to the clubhouse. Thomas has the most bizarre cue holding technique and it's obvious pool isn't going to come naturally to him, so it's always good for a laugh. He's much better at ping pong though. I should really get ours out at home.
Family updates focus on the older generation this month. Joan is still well and happy in the home and Aunty Edith is as bright as anyone half her age, although she got a good telling off from us all a couple of weeks ago. Ken found her on the kitchen floor after she'd sneakily climbed on a chair when he wasn't looking to clean a kitchen cupboard and then fell off it. If I do get to 94 I can only hope my bones are in such good condition. I'm sure anybody else that age would have broken something.
We also had a long overdue day out this month and visited an air raid shelter at Stockport which was fascinating. Built to hold 4,000 it often held 6,000 and quite often there was standing room only. I wouldn't have a problem with going down into the shelter, but I would definitely have had a problem with the 'ladies' and think I may have chosen to stay up top and take my chances. Not sure I'd have liked to have been ill either, the last photo is the first aid station. Apart from a bed on the other side that's pretty much it.
On the crafting front more baby blankets have been requested. My hexy flowers are coming along nicely. I was going to do different colours but my inner self just seems to permanently yearn for colour co-ordination! And I'm also knitting some baby jackets for a change. The pattern is an all in one that only requires the arm seams to be sewn which is perfect for me. I'm not good at the sewing part so only having to do 2 small seams is a big bonus.
And I think that pretty much rounds up February at Number 38. It's been another cold month and the bedroom window is still firmly shut. There was snow at the beginning of the month and we're also leaving February with the white stuff still falling. But in between we've had plenty of blue sky and the days are noticeably longer. Next time I write the clocks will have gone forward and we'll be in a new season. I'm in no rush for spring though. For me, winter has been perfect this year and just how it should be. I much prefer fresh, cold and white to the warm, wet and grey ones of previous years.Hope you've all had a good February and are keeping warm and cosy. As always it's lovely to catch up with you so do say hello.