So I was supposed to be writing today about the wonderful time my twin daughters had on their 13th birthday yesterday. Unfortunately one of my daughters got to lunchtime and started to feel unwell. Over the course of the afternoon she developed nausea a headache and an extremely high temperature, she woke at 5.30 this morning vomiting. I was quite concerned about her as she had a pin prick rash over her face and called the out of hours doctor for an appointment.
The poor thing has a nasty urine infection so is now on antibiotics. The rash is apparently from the strain of vomiting and should subside in a few days. Fingers crossed the medicine will kick in quickly and she will be able to have the cake I have put in the freezer for her. I had surprised them by baking a swirly coloured cake and hidden it under vanilla frosting. I hope it survives as I have never had cake in the house long enough to freeze before!
Luckily their birthday celebrations started early this year so she did manage to have some fun before she got unwell.
On Wednesday the two L’s were still in school but E&Ff had an inset day. They have been desperate for clothes for ages as they have grown out of pretty much everything they own(thank goodness for school uniform and dark winter afternoons) so I thought it would be nice to spoil them by buying a whole new wardrobe each for them. We spent hours trawling round Primark and managed to spend quite a fortune, I haven’t actually told dh the full total! At 5′ 4″ and skinny as rakes they have the best of both worlds. They are able to fit into the largest kids clothes (12-13) and also into a size 6 in the ladies section.
On Thursday they spend the afternoon at a shopping outlet with a group of friends from school and watched the Muppets most wanted movie. In the evening we went to a local Chinese restaurant. My parents tagged along and a friend of the girls came too. This is a restaurant that my mum and dad go to at least once a month so all the staff know them and they even get a free bottle of wine from the owner who often sits and chats with them at the end of the night. The kids said they were like celebrities with everyone talking to them and even knowing their names lol.
We had loads of food and everyone enjoyed, even LM who is the pickiest of eaters learnt that she likes honey glazed ribs! I’d bought a One Direction cake which they brought out at the end and the pianist (yes a REAL pianist!) played happy birthday. They were all fascinated by the pond in the middle of the restaurant with Koi carp in and a little bridge going over.
So we finally come to their actual birthday. The Two L’s wanted to give them breakfast in bed and insisted that I make them pancakes. They actually sat in our bed and enjoyed American pancakes with syrup, strawberries and whipped cream which they thought was fab being as they are not allowed to eat upstairs lol.
Then they opened their gifts. There was just a few token things being as they had all their new clothes but they were still just as excited to open their presents!
The only thing they wanted to do for their birthday was visit a small castle nearby that is close to the beach and has stepping stones going across the river. They had fun wandering around all the rooms and playing football in the moat! It was at this point Ff developed a slight headache and even though we went to the beach we didn’t stay long. I did manage to get a couple of pictures though.
Our kids usually get chose one activity that they would like to do for their birthday, this was obviously a special day as they were turning 13. How do you celebrate birthdays in your house?