One Year Ago Today!

The biggest birthday cake I have ever made. Yes four layers opposed to my usual three. Home made chocolate ganache and not just home made black current jelly, but home grown, homemade black current jelly lavishly spread between each layer.

We had a great party in the garden and invited around 30 children and their parents. We even hired a children’s entertainer to occupy them for 2 of the 3 hours.

You might see in this next picture, how nicely piled and ordered the children’s gifts were.

But this next photo shows you what I awoke to. John had allowed them to play in the garden before I arose and this is what I came down to!

This was just the beginning. I managed to tidy up as the day progressed, again and again, in different areas, but it was like a landslide, completely fighting against the laws of nature and physics. Aaliyah had even ripped the head from her doll in the frenzy to release it from the packaging!

By 1pm I had had enough and escaped to the bedroom for an hours resbite. What I returned to was a house, completely trashed… whoever gave the sticky mosaic craft gift, well, I would like to know your name as I will gladly reciprocate in good time. The sticky mosaics are everywhere. I am reminded of the forensic tidy and clean up after the kinetic sand incident…

It’s now late and John has just managed to get them into their jimjams and up to bed. I have locked myself in our bedroom, refusing to see anyone or say goodnight to anyone at this point. I feel like a broken man. I do not want to venture back to the ground floor due to the amount of mess, destruction and pure, unadulterated chaos that still permeates there.

I completely give up and I prefer not to leave the relative sanctity of my bedroom. I am sure that I will update you as to the situation tomorrow and can only celebrate in the idea that this is the last birthday party in our immediate family for the next six months. Enough is enough, today I really draw the line.

Please remember that this post was one year ago today. Hahahahaha…

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A Gay Dad reflecting on life in the Shires of England with my not so famous five and two rapscallion Dalmatian hounds

22 thoughts on “One Year Ago Today!”

    1. Aaaw… Ingrid! That is so very kind of you. Thank you so very much. I accept your nomination and step up to the challenge!

      I was hoping to start blogging again tomorrow and having a look through my feed to catch up on what’s been going on!

      I will certainly give this some thought and respond to it on Sunday…

      Thank you again. I am definitely looking forward to reading your next posts on ‘Experiments in Fiction’! 😊

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  1. Okay. No more birthday parties. Fine. what matters is: Are you making the cake again?

    I can imagine the levels of defeat that day. Everything set up perfect. Everything ready to go and then the children converge. Eesh!

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    1. Hahahahaha. There was a good parent quote I found!

      A friend asked me recently ‘what the hardest thing about being a parent was’?

      ‘Without a shadow of a doubt’ I replied, ‘It’s the kids’!

      Every year is uniquely different thankfully! Lol


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