Last night I was out with family and trying to relax and enjoy myself but a text came in from Arabella, ‘I’ve had a few issues mum but don’t worry, the kitchen is clean’. And she sent the message with this image:
You would worry though, wouldn’t you, if that came through in a text.
I came home and yes, she had cleaned up the benches but not the floor and that looked far worse than the granite. Never mind! I was up early this morning to help her ice the cake. It didn’t help that she’d left the cakes in the tins so now sticky moisture had set in gluing the cakes to the base and sides. Both cakes failed to come out cleanly and so like a jigsaw I pieced them back together then secured them with wooden toothpicks.
I always ice my cakes frozen as it is so much easier and avoids crumbs being blended into the icing but as these cakes had been left on the bench overnight in their tins, we didn’t have that luxury.
Yesterday I wasn’t able to source the required lollies so we had to make-do with what I was able to buy. I also didn’t have the right sized pudding bowls so the toadstool is a little disproportionate but I don’t think teenage girls would mind. Arabella piped windows onto the house and stuck the front door onto it and then she did the rest of the decorating. I was surprised and amazed at how good it looked. And the birthday girl and the hangers-on were thrilled.
Arabella and her cake were given a lift to school then I had a couple of hours to clean up the kitchen floor before she was home again to prepare for the ‘other’ formal. We were leaving for Paddington where she had appointments for hair and make-up when Flynn phoned to say he would be at our house at 3.45pm to pick her up. Why he didn’t let her know that weeks ago is a mystery. We thought the pick-up was 5pm so now we were scrambling.
The hair and make-up were a big success and we flew home to find all her girlfriends on the doorstep ready to wish her well and see her all dressed up which was so lovely. Flynn arrived and we had a lightening fast photo shoot, all on my i-phone I’m afraid, and off they went looking gorgeous.
I’ve already had two text messages and she is having a great time.
And that’s it for the formals until it is Alfie’s turn in 2022!
Here’s a few photos of the night that has been a long time coming…
And because she was so happy, I would have to say, it’s been absolutely worth it!
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