Thursday, 31 July 2008

Mamma Mia!!

Last night we had a girls' night out to see Mamma Mia. One of my friends had already seen it twice but the rest of us hadn't seen it at all, so off we went! The showing was at 8pm and we got there at 7.30 and found that it had sold out already!! In fact the cinema was the busiest I had ever seen it!!! We couldn't get parking so just had to park up on a kerb. The lines were out the door! There were tons of people there for Mamma Mia and tons there for The Dark Knight (the new Batman film). You could easy see which line was for which movie - one line was full of groups of girlfriends and the other full of men and teen boys!! You decide which was which, lol. So we bought tickets for the 9.10pm showing as no way were we going home :) We decided that we should get in line as soon as the 8pm people went into their showing. So we quickly went and got icecream and got back in line. We were pleased to see we were at the front so would have no problem getting a good seat. So at around 9pm we were let through into the theatre and we headed towards a row of seats. First of all, it was only one of the small theatres which surprised us. So as we all sat down we realised that the seats were kind of tilted. It was as if someone from behind had kicked the whole row forward, so the back of our seats were totally upright and our seats were sloping forward so we were almost sliding off! By this time however the whole theatre was full and there were no seats anywhere else that we could move to (not all 7 of us together). So we had to endure these totally uncomfortable seats! We even got some of the kids booster seats to put under out feet to hold us up and stop us falling off! We must have look ridiculous, all hunched over, lol. The movie was really fun and we were singing along to all the songs (although we seemed to be the only ones!!). I've always like Julie Walters as an actress and I think she acted so well in this. She was soooo funny :) I'd even say she had the best performance in the film, closely followed by Meryl Streep. At the end of the movie we actually found the manager and complained about the seats - we actually took her in the theatre to show her exactly which ones they were so she could arrange to get them fixed. She gave us all a free pass for another showing. But all in all it was a great night. I might have to go and see it again sometime - but maybe when it's not so busy!

I have some pix on my phone that I need to download onto the 'puter and add on here. Maybe tomorrow :)

Tuesday, 29 July 2008

Life is so fragile.........

My sister received tragic news this weekend of her friends' little girl.

Hug your kids a little longer tonight.

Saturday, 19 July 2008

I've been AWOL for far too long...........

Yes, I know!

This week Nathaniel had his 7th birthday. Gosh! Is he really that old?? For the past month or so we'd been asking him what he wanted to do for his birthday party and he could never really decide. So I decided for him and he was excited for what I had planned. I suggested having a 'boys' toys' party down at church. We had 3 games consoles set up in one room - a Wii, a PS2 and a gamecube (embarrassed to admit they are all ours! we also had the option of an xbox, xbox360 and PS3! I think David is a bigger kid than the boys, lol). In the biggest room we had radio control cars. In a side room we had a scalextric, and on the stage we had a bowling alley game set up. I made a chart on the blackboard with all the kids names on and all the different activities. They were assigned which activity to start with and given a partner and a time limit. Then they would meet back at the board where we would record whether they won, lost or drew in that activity. I them jiggled them around and sent them to a different activity with a different partner. We did this for 1.5 hours and then went into a different room for food and cake. The party was a great success and all the kids had fun. Because of the way it was organised there was no behaviour problems. They were all so well behaved. We were lucky that my parents volunteered to help. So did my SIL, BIL and my gorgeous new nephew. My aunty came along with her granddaughter who is such a cute 3 year old. She also brought my grandma. I'm so glad that Nathaniel had such a fun party. He has some great friends! I might have to do this for Zach's party next year. And the only cost was the food!! And I was so busy sorting it all out that I forgot to take pictures!! How bad is that??

Onto other things.......

I had been involved with a swap on a shabby chic forum I frequent. This month's theme was summer garden party and I received the most amazing package from my swap partner in Germany. I was blown away, flabergasted, by what I received. It was all presented beautifully in this gift basket. My most favourite item was this patchwork she
had made. I LOVE it!! I'm such a lucky girl!!

Last week we took the kids to the local carvery for lunch. I can't believe how much food they ate! The enjoyed every bite!

And here are my boys at our friends house. My kids are the ones on the chairs. My friends boys are on the floor. They were so engrossed in their ga
me that they didn't even notice me taking pictures!! Boys and their toys, huh!

Friday, 4 July 2008

Happy 4th July ~

Just wanted to say a Happy 4th of July to my friends in the US and I wish I was there, celebrating with you! I can't believe it was 3 years ago since I was visiting with Renee' and spent the holiday with her and her fab family! I really hope it's not too long before I can visit again. I sure miss all of you way over on the other side of the ocean!! I hope you are all having a great holiday! Me? I've spent the day nursing 2 sick kids and 1 sick hubby! And I've been feeling a bit blech myself! At least the sun has been shining!

Thursday, 3 July 2008

Chopped off!!

Guess what I did yesterday??

I chopped off my hair (well actually the stylist did!). I went to the hairdressers near Asda and they had an appointment free so I went for it! My hair was quite long - down past my bra strap at the back - and now I've got an inverted bob! So my neck is now feeling the breeze :) The stylist kept asking me if I was sure before she made the first cut. She couldn't believe I was that bold and trusted her to do whatever she thought would look good. So when I style it again to look as good as she did, I'll take pics. Because we all know that a post like this is useless without pics!