Birthdays, Ponchos and Saying Goodbye #LittleLoves

It’s been quite a while since I joined in with Little Loves.  Actually, it’s been quite a while since I’ve written anything on the blog, but sometimes life just gets a bit busy and something has to give and for me it’s been this.  I have missed it a little but I’ve been enjoying some early nights and relaxing weekends not worrying about keeping on top of bloggy things.

The past couple of weeks have been really busy with O’s 4th birthday and I turned thirty-something last Saturday.  Organising and entertaining a group of twenty or so four year olds is no easy task and in hindsight probably not the best way to spend my birthday but hubby made up for it on Sunday with a lovely meal out and a trip to the Christmas markets.


On Remembrance Day we sadly lost an amazing and beautiful lady who was a French teacher at our school.  She passed away after a long battle with cancer.  In one of the offices at work there has been a book of remembrance for staff and students to sign and a place of tribute to her.  This week I went to sign the book and was overwhelmed with the lovely space that had been set up.  I spent some time reading the messages to her.  She handled her illness with such positivity and dignity, never without a smile on her face.  An amazing and inspirational lady.


My boy having a wonderful time at his birthday party last week.  All the hard work was more than worth it to see his little face so lit up and enjoying running around with his friends.


It’s been all about the poncho this week, I’m a little bit in love!


Lots of Christmas songs as we pottered around the markets on Sunday.  I’m starting to get a bit excited, I love the run up to Crimbo!


The best of a bad job when I couldn’t find the candles for O’s birthday cake.  He didn’t seem to notice it was a tea light rather than a candle.

And Lastly…

I’m going to finish with a quote that was on the wall in the remembrance room at work and one that has a little extra meaning for me this week as we passed what would have been our baby’s due date had our IVF attempt been successful. It was a date that has been etched in my brain. The day passed quietly by with a few thoughts of what might have been but not the sadness I had imagined.

In a week that has seen such horror in the world I have hugged my family that little bit closer and been thankful for the happiness they have brought me and continue to bring me every day.

Have a lovely week.



  1. Potty Mouthed Mummy
    November 20, 2015 / 8:25 am

    That’s a really good quote lovely, something I probably need to remember at the moment.

    O’s face at his party is just adorable. Glad he had such an amazing time. Happy Birthday to you as well lovely, I totally missed that. Sorry.

    Loving the poncho too. Have a gorgeous weekend xx

    • November 20, 2015 / 9:17 am

      Thank you Sian, my birthday always tends to get a bit lost in the madness of O’s. I’m looking forward to a very quiet weekend after such a busy one last week, although I am kinda wishing I was heading the Blogfest to see you! xx
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  2. November 20, 2015 / 9:36 am

    Jo, you look amazing!! Honestly pet, you really do! Happy birthday for last week, and also to little O too. The celebrations all sound amazing. What a gorgeous tribute to your colleague. It always warms my heart how people pull together in times like these. Just so lovely. I hope you are well sweetpea. Have an amazing weekend xx

  3. Jenny
    November 20, 2015 / 10:14 am

    OH darling I am so so sorry to hear that. It’s hard to lose someone to cancer. It’s a horrible disease sending huge hugs to you. You look amazing by the way. Love the poncho suits you so much. Happy birthday to you both what a week for you all. #littleloves
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  4. November 20, 2015 / 11:00 am

    Little O’s face. Such a cutie. That hot chocolate just looks perfect and what a good. Spot, where can I find this spot? I’m sorry its been a tough couple of weeks. Have a lovely weekend x

  5. Notmyyearoff
    November 20, 2015 / 5:57 pm

    I was thinking about you this week as its a year since we started IVF and I know you had yours a few months afterwards. I’m so sorry about your friend, cancer is such an awful disease, I hope you’re all ok xx
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  6. November 20, 2015 / 9:41 pm

    Loving your boot and poncho combo. You look fabulous! Happy Birthday to both of you. Sounds like you had a wonderful (and crazy) time. I bet he loved it! Your colleague sounds like such a beautiful person and thank you for sharing that quote too. Have a really lovely weekend xxx

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