Monday, June 22, 2009

A tale of two parties...
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times......" just about sums up last week for me! After my post on Wednesday things continued to get worse and worse and I was feeling more and more hopeless and worried. In the midst of it all, I was doing last minute errands with Kate helping her to get ready for her Prom on Friday night. We needed to buy shoes and get her some beautiy treatments, hair accessories etc. It involved a lot of driving around and time but I think the result was worth it (see photo above!)

So the first party was Kate's prom, which of course I didn't attend although I'd love to have been a fly on the wall! After work I drove straight to Kate's friend E's house where her posse were putting the finishing touches to their outfits. Phil and I were taking photos of them all and I'd left my camera bag packed and ready for Phil to bring - but unfortunately he'd not heard me ask him to bring it so he didn't! Phil's camera is too heavy for me to use especially as my right arm is still hurting like mad, so Phil took the photos and I "arranged" the girls - it was just like doing wedding groups LOL. You can see more prom pictures here

E's parents had provided champagne, Buck's Fizz and nibbles; it was all lovely and a couple of other parents were there too. After they'd all left for the prom, Phil, Sian and I went home for a takeaway curry and a DVD night. Kate really enjoyed her party, they all seemed to have a lovely time and it was worth all the effort to see them all look so beautiful!

Saturday was a pretty crap day, really, and although Phil and I were supposed to be attending a 50th birthday party in the village I was certain we wouldn't go. Neither of us are party people and I can remember only enjoying a few parties ever in my life (my friend A's parties in CA and my friend J's parties here in Helsby being notable exceptions!) - when I was a child I actually used to CRY when invited to parties!

But anyway, we went! And I'm so glad we did! We had a fabulous evening. Most of my Helsby girlfriends were there plus other halfs (with two exceptions - D & J, we really missed you both!!) plus other people we know from the village and it was just fun, and relaxing and cheering. We were able to put our anxieties to the back of our minds for a few hours and just enjoy ourselves. Thank you so much for inviting us, A!

It was nice to meet up with fellow blogger Clarkey who is a lovely person I've known for years (we have kids of similar ages) and who lives locally but somehow our paths seldom cross. I have just started reading her blog and it's uncanny how often we think the same things or feel the same way about stuff. Anyway, it was just really good to see her in the flesh, so to speak and have a real chat!

Yesterday was Father's Day which I think we all enjoyed. So the week was a mix of highs and lows. None of the problems are resolved in any way but we are all still alive and hopefully this week may be better!

I am so grateful for all the thoughtful comments and support I get from my blogfriends. You help me more than you know.




10 comments:

mrsnesbitt said...

I know what you mean about party stuff! The times we get invited and dont go...then the times we think we are going to have a crap night and we end up having a ball! It's my birthday BBQ on Saturday hope people have fun! I will! lol!

Akelamalu said...

Kate looks beautiful! I was looking forward to seeing the other photos but the link isn't working. :(

I often find if I'm not particularly looking forward to a party or an outing I have the BEST time! :)

Clarkey said...

Kate looks absolutely stunning! I can't believe we're also alike on the whole not really wanting to go to parties thing but enjoying them when we get there! Hope things start to get better for you soon. X

CG said...

I have just checked the link and it seems ok!

Kerri said...

Your daughter is beautiful! I am so glad you had FUN at the party!

Akelamalu said...

I just tried the link again and it say the page you requested cannot be found! :(

Anyway I popped back to say if you visit me tomorrow you will find a little something for you. :)

cheshire wife said...

Your daughter looks lovely. I often feel that I would rather stay in than go out and I used to be a real party animal when I was younger. How we change!

menopausaloldbag (MOB) said...

Hi, found my way here from Cheshire wife. I love your photo blog as well as this one. I read a few of your posts and you have a nice writing style. I so very much identify with your self confidence stuff at this stage in our lives. I'll be back to read more.

The Quiet Rage said...

She is STUNNING!

Scriptor Senex said...

Catching up on my blogging pals. Sorry to hear about the bad bits but the good bits sound as though they compensated a lot. And your prom girl does look great.