Who would have guessed! Ten years ago yesterday – I held Mackenzie in my arms. She unfortunately had a dicky heart and has been a little mountain of medical miracles and issues since. Then, seven years ago on Wednesday – the Murph was born.
Two girls, three days off being exactly three years apart. The year they turn 21 and 18 – don’t come looking for me – I will be on holiday.
So….. this week is herewith marked as Birthday Week.
Last Thursday, Wilbur took the girls a-shopping for bicycles. Saturday afternoon, saw Madison and I a-shopping for party food. Thankfully I had Madison – coz apparently carrot and cucumber sticks, a few lollies, cut up fruit and water just does not cut it for party food. Five hours on Saturday afternoon was spent baking FORTY-EIGHT cupcakes, mini-scrolls (cheesy-mite, ham and cheese and pizza) and lemon slice. Six a.m. Sunday morning I was up and baking scrolls, icing cupcakes, making fruit sticks and wrangling melons. Thankfully my Wilbur had whipped out on Saturday evening and stocked up the dismal lolly supply.
Luckily for us, we have friends in high places, and we took nearly 30 of Mackenzie and Murphy’s closest friends out for a seal and dolphin watching trip upon Moonraker. The weather was kind, the worried parents were waved off at the pier, and we set sail. Food was eaten. The stinky seals were enjoyed (not quite as much as the spectacle of Wilbur donning his wetsuit for a quick seal-swim), and the dolphins were spotted. Add in a game of ‘eat the donut on a string’, and some sunshine – a perfect day. Mackenzie and Murphy seemed mostly enthralled by the food table, rather than their guests and the marine-life……
The afternoon was spent unwrapping and enjoying presents, and bathing in the glorious spring sunshine.
Once the tribe were in bed – a little more present wrapping for the Mackenzinators birthday, along with pleading to ‘please bake some cupcakes for me to share with my class tomorrow”……..
Six am yesterday morning – chocolate raspberry brownie was made! Not long after – presents were unwrapped (Lego, a t-shirt and a nightie), and she enjoyed a lovely day at school – revelling in being the birthday girl!
Last night was another gift (colour by numbers book, and pencils – a much coveted gift) ‘pasketti’ for dinner (as per her request), and cream covered chocolate mud cake with friends to top it all off!
Now to press pause on the birthday celebrations for 24 hours, until I start back up again for the Murph!
Happy happy birthday Mackenzie – you are a gorgeous girl – so strong and resilient. So so loving and kind. Your smile is infectious, and is the love radiating from your soul. xo
Look at the pure happiness on their faces! *love*
(lack of photographs due to privacy reasons!)
Let’s do it all again…….. (oh wait – I get to in a couple of days…..)
Who else has a birthday plus a birthday all at once! Or better still – who else gets to celebrate an 18th and a 21st in the space of 3 days!!!!