Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Lauren’s 4th Birthday

I am slowly catching up with recent events; it has been so hectic that I’ve barely had time to catch my breath.  I can’t believe that two weeks have passed since Lauren’s birthday and that I haven’t been able to blog about it until now.

Mind you, in that time I’ve been to Australia and back, but more about that later.

The birthday girl had known for some time that she was coming up to her fourth birthday and mentioned it quite often.  She talked about the party she was going to have (with all the family there, of course) and the cake that she wanted (chocolate, with Dora the Explorer on it – a bit of a challenge for poor Mummy!).  She was really excited as the day got closer and the family started to arrive.

Peter and Suzanne stayed with us in the flat and my parents stayed in Kingston as the flat isn’t big enough to accommodate both sides of the family at once.  The children were thrilled to see everyone here in our new home.  Both sets of parents have been impressed with our new flat – smaller but perfectly formed, and our new surroundings in lovely Richmond.

We decided to have a big meal out with the whole family on the Saturday night and went into Putney to the original Royal China there.  We had an enjoyable meal even though some aspects of it were not as good as the newer Bayswater one.

Lauren’s fourth birthday was on the Sunday.  Recently, I bought a Cobb barbeque to try out as we only have a small balcony as outdoor space and it is so compact.  We lit the coals and prepared a large birthday feast – this is fast becoming a tradition on her birthday.

Here’s our journey with her in pictures.  This is my beautiful girl on the day she was born, in August 2005.  She was so tiny as she was only 34 weeks and was 4lb 3oz (1.9kg)!

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Here’s Lauren on her 1st birthday, looking very excited at the prospect of birthday cake.

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Here’s the great barbeque on her 2nd birthday.  We had a glorious day as the weather was superb.

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Here’s happy Lauren on her 3rd birthday.  We were about to bring out the cake at this point!

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Here’s my beautiful birthday girl waiting patiently for Mummy to finish icing her cake so that she can open her presents on her 4th birthday.

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She is our darling girl and we love her so much!

When the cake was finally finished and brought out (as ordered) I hope it didn’t disappoint.  It was moist and gooey inside – just as a chocolate cake should be.

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Poor Lauren went a bit shy when we were singing “Happy Birthday” to her and retreated to Mummy for a big hug.  After this, she opened her presents, which she clearly enjoyed.

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As you can see, the birthday girl loves her princesses, so a fairy princess outfit suited her just fine.  She wore this for most of the day!

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When Aunty Charlotte, Uncle Jason and George arrived, they had also suspected that Lauren might enjoy being a fairy princess.  Lauren was thrilled to get this second outfit, with even bigger wings!  A girl can’t have too many…

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With barbeque food flying off the tiny but wonderfully efficient Cobb, the day was a huge success.  Lauren had a wonderful time, and the grown-ups did too.

Exactly six days to go before we do it all again for Jocey’s second birthday, as their birthdays are only three weeks apart.  I’m keen to give Jocelyn a really good birthday this year as last year we only had a small celebration and then had a long plane journey.

This year, we’ll be with the whole family in Devon and Cornwall; we’re renting a beautiful 16th century thatched farmhouse.  It will be the first time we’ve ventured that far into the South West – can’t wait!

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