It’s my birthday today and I love my birthday. I always have done. Partly, it’s because it starts a season of other birthdays and celebrations and of course, it leads up to Christmas. But mainly, it’s because I love nothing more than celebrating (anything) with my family and friends. I like to reflect on the previous year too, to remind myself of the privileged, fortunate life I lead.
The last year has been truly life-changing. Not just for me, but for my children too. We, the awesome threesome, our little family unit, is as close as ever emotionally. However, we’re no longer a threesome very often. Poppy’s waitressing job and Harry’s football mean we are rarely together at weekends. They started their A-level and GCSE courses respectively, so spend a lot of time doing homework during the week. They’re growing up. And quickly.
Sometimes though, we’re a foursome. It was around this time last year that I met Ian. Our relationship on my last birthday was at the very earliest stage; full of promise, excitement and anticipation. He sent flowers and I had to ‘fess up to my parents, (who were here when they arrived), that a lovely man had recently entered my life. Our lives. One year later I’m just as excited. More so actually. He still sends flowers, well brings them, almost every time we see each other and we’ve made what feels like a lifetime of happy memories already. Introducing a new partner to teenage children hasn’t been easy, but patience, understanding and unfaltering love have got us all through it. And, in two weeks time, our two families are going away on holiday together. I didn’t see foresee that a year ago!
My work has changed too. Giving up my day job at Aspire Magazine was a difficult decision but it’s enabled me to focus on my blog, which is essentially my business; my brand. This year I went to the Chelsea Flower Show with the Over 40 Collective and to York Races and Scarborough with Ian. Just last month I went to River Cottage and to Berlin. Things that dreams are made of.
So last night, we had a fabulous family meal at Le Caveau, one of our favourite restaurants. Poppy baked an amazing cake and the whole evening was wonderful from start to finish. I’ll let the photographs speak for themselves.
It was a fabulous and memorable evening. Later today, Ian, the children and I are going to do some archery and I’m so looking forward. It’s been an amazing year and I really really can’t wait to see what the next year will bring.