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Thursday, 17 February 2011

Reasons to be Cheerful...week 7

Reasons to be Cheerful at Mummy with a Heart


Thursday has come around again...I can't believe we are more than halfway through February already.  Time is flying by, which makes it even more important to pause for breath to think of the things that have raised a smile this week.

1:  Valentine's Day
It's no secret that I adore my husband, so him taking the day off to send with me was just wonderful.  However, once the girls return from school  the concept of a romantic meal for two went right out the window....but we enjoyed our celebrations just the same. We did a Valentine's family meal...check out my lentil and root veg stew with herby heart shaped cobbler!

Followed by Mr Kipling Fondest Fancies, Love Hearts and Thornton's chocolate...I didn't get time to bake this year...but we did buy a Tiramisu, which is one of my favourites and was very yummy!

We gave the kids pressies and generally had a fun filled evening together.  A good excuse to do something a bit different and take a break from our ordinary daily routine.

2:  My friend has an immaculate home and constantly refurbishes various rooms to keep up with her demands for the latest decor, fixtures and fittings.  Tonight she gave us a black metal double bed frame, two pine sets of  drawers and two brand new lamps following a spur of the moment decision to get her daughter a fully fitted bedroom.  The arrival of this lovely furniture prompted us to re-do Kizzy's room.  She is over the moon to have a double bed!  We'd never have thought of it...so we are very grateful to my very fancy and generous friend :)

3: Tonight I had a chat to my wonderful nephew Tom.  He is away as University studying to be a Social Worker.  He started his time at uni partying hard...and I mean really hard!!  Things like lectures were not on his agenda at all.  Consequently he failed his exams but has learned a really important life lesson in the process.  He is now buckling down, revising, writing essays, volunteering in a Beat Bullying program and attending all his lectures.  He is coming down to visit us this week which is wonderful.  His current stable diet is 3 packets of 7p chicken noodles per day (all monies blown on hard partying at the beginning of his university adventure!) So I will be making him some healthy food and sending him back to campus with a bag full of groceries.  I love being an auntie and a Godmother to my eldest sister's boy.  He is really special to me and I'm very proud of him.  Our relationship never fails to make me smile :)

20 comments:

  1. Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog the other day - it was much appreciated. Enjoyed reading through some of your posts - now I've found you, I shall be back. Caroline x

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  2. You two are so romantic! We have two cups of tea every morning and a chat before we get up. I told my husband if ever anything happened to him this would be the time of day I would miss him most. He said the time of day he would miss me would be dinner time!!(We've been married 47 years - can't you tell!!)

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  3. I love cobbler but have never done a heart one so love yours and will pinch the idea I am sure. It looks yummy too.
    It is great to get new stuff for the house - lucky and cheerful you!
    I really enjoyed reading about your nephew as you could feel the deep love you have for him in the post. Glad he is buckling down now and good that he is involved in community work too.
    My reasons are over at http://gigglingatitall.blogspot.com

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  4. What a wonderful post. I really enjoyed reading it. I had an Aunt who pampered me when I stayed with her during weekend breaks from Uni. Lucky nephew. xx

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  5. How cute are you with your Valentines meal :)

    Great reasons honey.

    Have a lovely weekend xx

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  6. That's my pleasure. I hope Freddy enjoys...
    Liska xxx

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  7. Your Valentines stew looks amazing! The furniture all sounds lovely too, I'm waiting for my landlady to sort out the attic bedroom in our house so I can move my two bigger girls up there, reclaim our old bedroom and give my little one a room of her own....much furniture will need moving around and probably changing...lol x

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  8. Hi, this is a first time visit to your blog. Great reasons! Love the stew, what a romantic idea.

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  9. those lil hearts just made my day!

    Stopping by from Maxabella's

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  10. All wayward nephews need an auntie like you!

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  11. I don't think I've ever heard of a romantic root stew before, but you pulled it off admirably! I love the heart-shaped dumplings. So clever.

    Wish I had the cashola (and the frippery?) to be so home-conscious as your mate! x

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  12. That stew looked absolutely gorgeous and made my mouth water just looking at it!

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  13. OMG your Valentine's rocked! I am so going to do that next year. The cobbler hearts are adorable. And you sound like the best kind of aunty a boy could have, good for you :D

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  14. OMG your Valentine's rocked! I am so going to do that next year. The cobbler hearts are adorable. And you sound like the best kind of aunty a boy could have, good for you :D

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  15. All wayward nephews need an auntie like you!

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  16. You two are so romantic! We have two cups of tea every morning and a chat before we get up. I told my husband if ever anything happened to him this would be the time of day I would miss him most. He said the time of day he would miss me would be dinner time!!(We've been married 47 years - can't you tell!!)

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  17. I love your Valentine's Stew!

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