An Awesome Day


We threw a first birthday come third birthday come delayed ten year anniversary party on Saturday, and it was absolutely fab! It came after a very long and emotional week of ill kids and new levels of sleep deprivation that have been tough to cope with. It was just what was needed to lift my spirits, take stock and make me truly appreciate the important things in my life.

I’m sure I’ll write a more detailed post at some point, but for now I’d like to say a huge and heartfelt thank you to each and every person – 60-odd in total – that came and helped make the day as special as it was. Extra thanks to my team of helpers – hubby (obvs, who is amazeballs and did too much to even begin writing), Trish whose other half and mother in law looked after the girls while we set up and who herself worked tirelessly beside me all day long, my in-laws who stayed behind for the clean up mission, Lizzie for her incredible face painting, Nic who facilitated getting the girls home sans meltdown. Folks who came from as far away as Cambridge, Cardiff and Devon. And everyone in between. You all rock!!!

As I surveyed the crowded room and listened to the happy sounds of kids laughing, adults chatting and people having a great time, I had an epiphany. Although I didn’t have a single blood relative to share this lovely day with I didn’t need any. With friends like mine, who needs ‘family’?

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60 Replies to “An Awesome Day”

  1. Really is Denise, we are very lucky to have such an amazing bunch of people in our lives πŸ™‚

  2. What a great memory this will be for everyone πŸ™‚ Days like this are what life is all about.

  3. Thanks so much Jenny! It really was amazing, and the memories will last a long time πŸ™‚

  4. Sounds like it went amazingly hunny. Glad you had such a beautiful day and one to remember. Thank you ever so much for linking up to Share With Me. #sharewithme

  5. Thanks Michelle, I really am very blessed in the friend department xx

  6. Thanks for dropping by Kaye, it really was a great day!

  7. Thanks so much lovely xx

  8. Thanks so much Jess, it was a great party and incredible to be celebrating eleven years together… hard to believe it’s been that long since I’ve been with my hubby xxx

  9. Thanks Lisa, it really was πŸ™‚

  10. Ahhh thanks so much Caroline, we had lots of fun xx

  11. It really was Amanda, it’s good to love and be loved!

  12. Thanks so much Izzie, I finally feel like I’m back to happy after a tough few months xx

  13. That’s lovely Tim! We’re still friends with our NCT class too, and most of them came to the party – even the ones that have moved to Devon! There’s nothing like bonding over a first baby is there πŸ™‚

  14. Thanks so much Fiona, it was a great day and everyone had such a fun time. Made me really appreciate all the good things I have in my life πŸ™‚

  15. It really was a day full of them! Thanks for dropping by Afra πŸ™‚

  16. They really do… it’s good that we get to choose them, unlike blood relations xx

  17. It was brilliant! Thanks so much for dropping by Catherine πŸ™‚

  18. They are fab entertainment aren’t they πŸ™‚

  19. Oooh you’ll have to keep us posted lovely. Bouncy castle was a huge hit, the kids were so happy playing on it xx

  20. Thanks so much Lystra it was amazing to get (almost) all my best people together xxx

  21. Thanks lovely, I’m very lucky in that department πŸ™‚ xx

  22. Thanks for dropping by Erica, it was a great day!

  23. Isn’t it just hon, they were so happy on that bouncy castle! xxx

  24. Thanks Aby, it was fab x

  25. It was a great day, thanks hon xx

  26. It really was perfect! Thanks so much for stopping by xx

  27. Thanks honey, it was fab to get everyone under the same roof after trying to for so many years. Love my friends to bits, really don’t know where I’d be without them xx

  28. It really was and my friends are all ace, I’m a very lucky lady… and yes thank goodness we can choose them xx

  29. Thanks Grace, it’s nice to feel better at long last πŸ™‚

  30. It really was a fab day, and yes very very much needed xx

  31. So pleased to hear the day went brilliantly! It sounds like it was much needed – and much deserved πŸ™‚ xx

  32. Grace says – WOW!!! You had an AWESOME party. So pleased you all enjoyed it and I hope that you’re all feeling better x #sharewithme

  33. Sounds like a fab day. You know more than most that you can pick your friends……….. Glad you all had super fun xx #sharewithme

  34. Oh love this, sounds like the perfect day and friends are just as important to me as my family, when you find the good ones, you never let them go! Lots of love to you x #sharethejoy

  35. Sounds like it was just perfect.

    I have only friends nearby as well xx

  36. Aww 3 important celebrations, glad you had a good day. Always great when you look back and realise everything went well and everyone had a great time. x

  37. Thanks so much Sarah, it was so lovely xx

  38. Thanks hon, it really was fab xx

  39. So pleased for you that you had a lovely party. x

  40. Aww so glad you had a fab time. It’s totally the little things. Look forward to reading more and hope you are all much better. xx #sharewithme

  41. Aww, lovely post! Sounds as if you all had a great day. I love those moments where we realise how lucky we really are.

  42. What a lovely day! And brilliant that you had so many fab friends to share it with x Thank you for linking this happy post up at #sharethejoy πŸ™‚

  43. I’m so glad it went well ReneΓ© πŸ™‚

  44. Happy tenth anniversary! And the birthdays too, of course! I am glad you had such a great day, and I agree, friends can be all the family you need. xx

  45. So glad that you had a wonderful day πŸ™‚ #magicmoments

  46. So glad to hear the day went well lovely, you so deserved it after everything that has been going on lately – looking forward to reading more about it! xx

  47. It sounds like a really wonderful day – no wonder if brought you such joy to be surrounded by so many people who love you!

  48. So happy that you were able to celebrate this special day with so many fabulous friends. Here’s to many more awesome days. Be happy x

  49. Awesome indeed. Good friends (especially local ones) are just as important as family – after all, they choose to be with you rather than being tied by blood. When the first of our three was born, we had only moved in to the area nine months before and lived just far enough away from family that the network of fellow parents we built up through pre-natal groups was absolutely invaluable, and it says a lot that seven years later we’re still friends with many of them.

  50. It sounds like just the pick-me-up you needed after what was a rough week of ill kids. It’s great that you’ve got a great circle of friends and the party was a hit. Popping over from Magic Moments.

  51. Now that really sounds like a load of magic moments!

  52. So pleased you had a good day Renee and absolutely, friends make great family too x

  53. Sounds like you had a really lovely day, I’m glad you could enjoy it! #Magicmoments

  54. Ooh I love a bouncy castle, sounds like you had a wonderful day and so great to have friends and family together #magicmoments

  55. Brilliant reasons to celebrate and I love that you had a big bouncy castle. I think I’d love to do something similar for our 10 years πŸ˜€

  56. Hello there, what a great day, it looks fantastic-and it’s always such a precious thing to have such good friends. Glad it all went well for you xxx #magicmoments

  57. What a great day! Sounds like you have brilliant friends too. Happy anniversary to you both Xx

  58. Sounds like you had a wonderful time. Great to celebrate all those occasions together.

  59. Sounds like you’ve had a great day with all your closest friends. Listening to the sound of children giggling has to be the nicest thing! xxx

  60. So glad you had a wonderful party huni. Looks like fun x

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