Big Eagle

Tuesday, May 28, 2013
My son's party was a big success!  It was total chaos at times, but a great time was had by all!  I'll blog about it another time (my in-law's are arriving tomorrow for my son's birthday and I have loads to do), but wanted to share this...
Big Eagle has arrived!  My son has been saving his money for the last year to save up enough to buy the ultimate Angry Bird - Big Eagle (AKA Mighty Eagle)! With the gift money from his birthday party, he finally made enough to buy him (good thing I ordered him in advance)!  He is HUGE!  The item description said it was 18".  I thought it was a total rip off (he sells for £80!).  Imagine my surprise when I opened the box!  He is 18" high and 36" long! He is one happy kid!  He even slept with him in his bed last night - good thing he has a really big bed!





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5:30 AM

Sunday, May 26, 2013
I've been awake since 4:00 AM.  I hate when I can't sleep.  I had insomnia for over a decade before I met my husband.  Back then I didn't sleep more than 3 or 4 hours a night and functioned quite normally.  These days when that happens, I'm shattered.  Even now sitting here, I'm regretting getting up because in six hours I am having a birthday party with 20+ five-years-olds and sleep would be exactly what I'll need!
My son turns five on Wednesday.  Today is the big party and he's so excited!  I've been planning the party for a month now.  I had booked a soft-play facility.  I paid for them to close the place so the kids could have it to themselves and then two weeks ago, another kid in his class had a party there and every child and adult that went got horribly sick.  Invitations had already gone out and for my son's party and the following Monday, I was approached at the school pickup by a few concerned mothers.  I had already paid a £100 deposit on the party and needless to say, there was a bit of a panic.  I canceled the party and even managed to get my money back.  Then came the task of finding a new venue 2 weeks before the party date (English houses are not built for parties of that size).
A few days after I booked the soft play place, without consulting my son, he told me he wanted a clown and a bouncy castle.  I felt really bad for not asking him what he wanted and just booking the place on the assumption it would be great.  So, when disaster struck, I had the opportunity to give him the party he wanted.  Two weeks before the party, I was able to find a new venue (complete with a bouncy castle) and a clown that just had a cancellation!
As I'm the class Mom, I know all the kids in my son's class really well, so I invited the entire class.  There are 28 kids in his class and with the exception of a couple of jehovah witnesses who are not allowed to attend birthday parties, a special needs child and a few kids who's parents that drive, they are all coming!
Well it's now nearly 8:00.  As I was writing this, my son woke up.  I went and curled up in bed with him and went back to sleep for a couple of hours.  Ahh, that's better! Time for breakfast and party preparation!

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Will Smith surprises Graham Norton during his appearance on his show...

Saturday, May 25, 2013
I don't normally share things like this, but I really like Will Smith and can't say how much I enjoyed seeing this on Graham Norton Friday night.  It was such a laugh!



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Beachy Head

Thursday, May 23, 2013
After yesterday's post, I had someone email me to tell me there is nothing wrong with ordinary and I should just keep blogging.  So I thought I'd post some photos I took a couple weeks ago.  I've posted photos of this place before,  It's one of my favorite views in this area.  It's a place called Beachy Head which are the local chalk cliffs and the views are breathtaking (for a Jersey Girl anyway).  There are rolling green fields with a backdrop of the white cliffs and the English Channel.  It even has a lighthouse at the base of the cliffs and every time I go there, I can't help walking up to the top and taking photos.  I must have a million photos of the same view and the last time I went, I almost didn't take my camera thinking how many Beachy Head photos can I take?  I am so glad I took the camera because that day the clouds hung low and formed a blanket in the sky just below the top of the cliffs.  It looked like what you see from an airplane when the clouds are below you.
I took a bunch of photos, but unfortunately, they don't do what I saw justice.  I know people will ask about the flowers and crosses in the photos and they shouldn't be ignored so I'll explain - Beachy Head is not only known for it's beauty, but it also has a much darker side. It's a well known suicide spot.  It is said that one person a week jumps from the cliffs which are about 500 feet above sea level.  You can't go there without having this fact hang over you.  Last summer, an elderly man drove his mobility scooter right off the top - in front of families and tourists on a Sunday afternoon. I'd be lying if I said that I'm unaffected by this knowledge every time I'm there.  There are no barriers.  There is only a rope running across the top and while taking photos, I saw many people go right under it to take photos.  Each time this happened, my heart was in my throat (I bet they got the better shot, but I go weak in the knees just standing behind the rope)!
Feel free to click on the photos to see larger images...













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Refresh

Wednesday, May 22, 2013
I know I never blog anymore.  It's just that I'm a busy mom these days with an ordinary life.  It's hard to make the ordinary extraordinary enough to make people want to come back and read.  I won't make empty promises that I'll be a back regularly, because it probably won't happen, but can't say I won't go through phases of blogging.  I do miss it, but like I said, I have a small and ordinary (albeit happy) life and it's difficult to decipher what might make interesting reading.  That said, today I have something to say.
I know someone in the Oklahoma City area.  Someone I care about, but am not in close contact with. Yesterday morning, my husband text me telling me to put on the news (knowing with my son home sick from school, I would probably be tuned into some kids channel).  He told me there was a tornado and that the news was saying 100 dead.  I thanked him for letting me know and ran for the computer that was out of my son's view.  My heart dropped when I saw the images and read the first reports that said there were over 100 dead.  I looked at the clock and knew with a six hour time difference, I'd have to wait quite a while to get a reply from an email, but I wrote one anyway.  I knew it could be quite possible that cell phone and internet service might not be available, but I sent it because it was all I could do.
Throughout the day, I tried not to watch the news too much, but switched it on when ever my son was distracted with other things.  I checked my email every hour or so hitting refresh each time just to double check.  Refresh is not a magic button, but it was all I had.
Throughout the day I watched the death toll drop, but with seeing the devastation of the area, this gave me little comfort.  People died.  Children died.  Lives were destroyed.  It was an awful thing to see never mind witness.
I stayed up later than I should have hoping to get word before going to bed (all the while knowing that as we're not in close contact, I would probably be closer to the bottom of the list of people to get in touch with and yet I continued to hit refresh).  I checked the news again one more time before turning in, hit refresh one last time and went to bed feeling dismayed and wondering how long I'd have to wait.
This morning when I went to hit snooze on the alarm on my phone, I saw the icon letting me know I had an email.  I turned off the alarm and hit the icon.  He is okay.  I am not a religious person, but I have to admit  I said a little prayer of thanks.

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