Thursday, January 15, 2009

Of birthdays and Inspiration bouquets

Mr Six-year-old made the transformation to Mr Seven-year-old the other day. naturally there was a party involved, with little friends and all the main food groups starting with ch - chippies, cheerios, cheezels and chocolate.

While on holiday he grew very attached to giraffes so I made him a giraffe cake, replicating the giraffe enclosure at Orana Park, with the assistance of some Lego friends. Creating cakes is one of the best bits about organising a party.

Seven does seem so very grown up. When they hit seven you can't kid yourself anymore that the wee poppets have just started school and are little and babyish. Nooooo, they don't let you think that. At seven, they correct you, your grammar, general knowledge, and you can't fudge answers and make them up anymore as they come right back at you. Actually, he's been doing that for years.

The party was lots of fun, with a treasure hunt, hide and seek, and the priceless joy of seeing a group of little kids belting out ABBA songs on ABBA Sing Star. Took me back to my childhood and made me have yearnings for a girls night, with some good wine and a few ABBA moments of our own.
The other lovely surprise was being given an Inspiration Award by dear Joanne Ganley at Aspiring Writer - Thanks Joanne - you made my day!

Part of this Inspiration Award is you hand it on to other bloggers who inspire you and whose blogs add that sparkle to your day. In fact there are rules :

1. Please put the logo of the award on your blog.
2. Link to the person from whom you received the award.
3. Nominate 7 or more blogs.
4. Leave a message on their blogs to tell them.

I find that most of the bloggers who have already been nominated by Joanne are my regular ports of call and are bloggers who prop up my psych, so my nominations will repeat some Aspiring Writer's, but hey, that's OK, because it reinforces to them that their regular postings and musings are appreciated and valued by many!

So in no particular order:

Joanne, this one is coming right back at you. I enjoy dropping by and seeing what you are up to at Aspiring Writer and enjoy the pics from your garden.

Rachael at The Sound of Butterflies

Mary Mac at O Audacious Book

Graham at Beattie's Book Blog

Paula at Trendy But Casual

The Paradoxical Cat at Schroedinger's Tabby

Claire at Ice Lines

Kerrie at Mysteries in Paradise

So you see folks, I have become rather dependent on my friends in the blogosphere for maintaining my sanity and equillibrium.

I'm sure the time I spend visiting is time well spent.


The Paradoxical Cat said...

Girls night out sounds like a good idea - keep me posted eh?

Thanks for including me in this illustrious company Vanda.

You most definitely inspire me - it's all your fault I even have a blog!

I've given you a Marie Curie Inspiration Award. She is one of my heroes.


Law and Order said...

Thanks, Vanda! And what a cool cake!

Mary McCallum said...

|Hey Vanda - I gave you an Inspiration Award too! M

Mary McCallum said...

Oh and thanks for mine.

Kerrie said...

Thanks for the award Vanda. Sorry I was a bit slow to respond. I have accepted the award and chosen my victimes. See
I'm off to tell each of them.

Claire Beynon said...

Thanks for the IA, Vanda - as PC said, it's largely because of you that some of us took to blogging in the first place! And what a surprising journey AND mode of transport it's proving to be. See you soon - C