Thursday, 16 February 2017

A 'Love'ly day - Valentines 2017

You may remember previous years posts about Valentines day, and how we don't really celebrate it in our house,  by 'we' I meant of course Aaron - for the last couple of years I've done something small to mark the occasion with the boys but we've not exchanged cards or done anything out of the ordinary. It's a bit of a long running joke - I 'moan' about it but I got over it a long time ago and don't sulk like I did when I was 18.

The day before Valentines I was talking to Leo and gave him some advice....  I suggested that when he was older and had a girlfriend he should always get them a Valentines card,   if nothing else it would make them very happy and save himself from a lot of grief.   Of course Aaron was in earshot and he muttered something about 'forced romance and over priced roses'  - or something,  I was too busy laughing.

I didn't get Aaron a card, or present as I haven't done for many years, and I no longer feel bad about it even if he does do something, which is lucky as he actually gave me the best Valentines card ever!

A simple card, but EXACTLY what I've always said about it,  its not what you spend, its what you do so it was perfect.

He'd written a poem inside,   which had me laughing my head off...

It's that special day again.....
A day that is loved by poets and bards,
A day that calls for flowers and cards,
A day on which I usually pass
and a day on which you normally call me an arse.

So I actually got you a card this year,
as I know it will fill you with joy and cheer.
but please remember you silly old tart
that I love you with all of my heart,
and no matter what else you hear
you are my valentine every day of the year.

I'm not sure that you are supposed to call your Valentine a 'silly old tart' but I wasn't going to moan about that.  (and don't tell him but he *may* have a point!)

Sam came round in the afternoon, so the kids exchanged home made cards and paintings and then enjoyed a special lunch.   Leo actually came up to me and told me it was the best party ever,   I was very surprised and gave him a strange look,  at which point he changed his statement to 'best celebration lunch ever'  - not bad for some heart shape stuff, sandwiches, crisps, and sweets on the table with a few items borrowed from the photo booth props and I took the chance to use our new light box. 

I love how they are still easily pleased,  and they were even more excited when I gave them peach juice out of a big carton with their dinner.

Sam and the kids went home for their own Valentines dinner,  and they finished the day with Valentines themed milk and cookies - I wish I'd thought of that too!

Image credit - Tiny Acorns Creativity

We finished off our day once the kids were in bed with a takeaway KFC - because nothing says I love you like dinner in a bucket!

Friday, 10 February 2017

Daxi Business Awards 2016

Saturday night was the eagerly awaited 4th Daxi Business Awards, I'd been looking forward to the evening since leaving the last one - and we were almost the very last to leave!

The run up to the awards saw lots of planning, and chat - not so much about the nominees although of course that was debated on, but more about what to wear and who was going and how we were all looking forward to a big night out!

Sam and I was discussing dress options way back, before we were even thinking about Christmas,  having worn the same dress two years running (oh the shame!) of course I HAD to have a new one this year.   It's not that easy to find the perfect dress of course,  especially here in Cyprus especially if you are on a tight budget but we were both very lucky and found great dresses and they were bargains as well.

Next up for me was the whole shoe problem,   for those of you who follow on facebook you may have seen my dilemmas,  as well as a rather fetching photo Aaron shared of me trying to get used to them whilst wearing pajamas!   I was very worried about the shoes, I was never a fan of high heels and have hardly worn them at all in almost 9 years.   But wearing a posh dress with flats is not the same is it?

I preserved though and wore the shoes,  I am relived to say that I (and my ankles) survived and I didn't fall over or even stumble.  I was tottering about though and they seemed to get bigger as the night progressed and I struggled to stop my feet slipping out.

I confess that I did cheat, and changed into another pair by the end of the ceremony!  Also heels but much smaller and after the huge ones I'd taken off they felt like slippers in comparison.  I made it to the end of the evening, even danced in them without taking them off.

Anyway,  of course the actual point of the evening is the awards,  and we / I was up for two - 'Best Newcomer' for Klik Photo CY, and 'Outstanding Contribution to the Community' for the Famagusta Parents Network. Sharing a table with our friends meant there was an extra chance of one of us going home with one as Alliance Partnership and Blood Brothers were both up for 'Service Provider of the Year'

There were several people I was rooting for as well as our table, unfortunately only one won an award but of course as it's all about the dressing up and dancing the taking part.  At least it meant I didn't have the possibility of tripping up the stairs to the stage!

We had an absolute ball, the food was great, there was a fantastic fire show,   the drinks were flowing (I'm pleased to say at a sensible rate for us and I walked out at the end of the night still capable of having a half sensible conversation!)   and I got to dance until I couldn't convince the DJ to carry on any longer (he's a friend of ours that we often work with so I should know better what its like when you want to go home and over excited people are begging for more!)

Once again I took very few photos, although I did slightly better than last year where I only got two - and both of those were of the table centerpiece.


note the change of shoes...
It was great to see so many people we know, and to see them all looking so gorgeous.  The problem was recognising people in a different context than I'd usually see them, and it was probably not helped by the fact I wasn't wearing my glasses!

Saying that, several people said they didn't recognise me - it's amazing what professional hair and make up can do.   I loved my hair and make up so much,  even more than what I had done on my actual wedding day.

Hair & Make up by Bliss, Ayia Napa
Time to start planning my birthday party I think - need another big night out to look forward too!

Friday, 3 February 2017

All dressed up - Flashback Friday

I've been looking through piles of old photos for inspiration for a Flashback post, and between my Mum and I we have A LOT of them.  I love old photos and they provide an almost endless supply of blog inspiration when I get round to it.

Scrolling through the photos (yes they are ALL scanned, backed up, dated and organised in folders) saving a few that caught my eye and I decided these were the most appropriate for today.

The first photo was taken when I was 17, I was about to leave for the annual Black Tie Ball at the rugby club I played lacrosse at,   well, I say 'played'  it was more that I used to turn up and stand in a field holding a stick trying not to run anywhere but it was close enough!

My friends and I were technically too young to attend the ball but for some daft reason they decided we would be sensible enough to go.

Hmmm,  the stories from the evening are probably best left unsaid,  but it was a memorable night and the start of my love of 'Black Tie' events.

A couple of years older, but not much wiser we did it all again.

I'm thinking back but again,  not so much I can share about the actual evening!

So,   why did I choose these photos today?

Tomorrow is the 4th Daxi Business Awards and time to dress up and party!

We've been to every one of the ceremonies so far and they have all been great nights,  the first year I was pregnant   the second year our friends (Blood Brothers Tattoo, Ayia Napa) won 'Best Newcomer'. Last time I was up for 'Heart of Gold' and it was an awesome night.  

This year we are nominated!   Klik Photo CY is up for 'Best Newcomer' which is brilliant - win or lose I am made up that we are doing a 'thing' and can be nominated alongside so many amazing businesses.    I am also up for the 'Outstanding Contribution to the Community' award (for the Famagusta Parents Network)   and many of my friends are up for awards in various categories so hopefully at least someone I'm rooting for will go home with an award!

Ultimately,  it's a damn good night out - got my hair and make up booked, dress and new shoes ready (ok,  little bit worried about the shoes!).   Aaron's got his tuxedo ready and our friends are babysitting!

Bring on the food, drinks and party!    And hopefully I AM now older and wiser and will be able to write about the evening!


Daxi Business Awards 2015

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