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Saturday, January 31, 2009

Drowned in cream and far too much butter melting on that roll..


But what the hell, it was her birthday. And how many other kids request a simple bowl of soup for their favourite meal?
Shame the footie-shirt was ten times too big - but she said she'd like to keep it anyway, it would go over her track-suit (bless). She was dead chuffed with her stop-watch, although less than delighted with the make-up kit big sis' came up with (big sis' being big sis', guess she bought it knowing it would revert back to her). In fairness, she did also buy her a DVD, but being as how it's viewing age 15 or over, it's hardly appropriate for a twelve year old. You'd be forgiven for suspecting Beccy's motives are far from altruistic.
Spot the broody teenager - that's his empty bowl on the side, he needed a snack before suffering through the present-opening. And that's my limited edition Chloe Cheeseman print he's about to topple (like he cares, eh)?
Still, she seems to have had a fine enough day, came back from school laden with gifts and a big happy grin plastered across her face. One of her friends even baked a cake for her - smile. 'Course, we had one too - albeit small, but hey, with all the choccies she'd been given, I'd reckoned it would be more than enough.
It was a very low-key affair compared to her sister's last birthday bash, but it was what she wanted, and I have to confess I found it far less taxing and much more enjoyable this time around. Being as how a birthday falls every three months in this family, it is a brief respite before the next one rolls round.
It's the Princess's one next (God help us).
True to her word, Abby wore the Brentford shirt over her trackies this morning (if not out in public). Grin.
Still, at least her Fulham shirt fits!

44 comments:

TheWritersPorch said...

And a good times was had by all!
She's a doll baby !

Shrinky said...

She's my little tomboy, Carol, and the least demanding of my brood. Smile.

Akelamalu said...

What a great kid! :)

Marty said...

She is like me "Easily Pleased..." I LOVED this family post.

mrsnesbitt said...

Augggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

Maalie said...

Brentford? BRENTFORD??? My sons and I saw Leicester City come back from two-nil down to beat Brentford 4-2 in some cup match some years ago!

Yes, I agree, sometimes the low-key celebrations are more relaxed. It sounds like she had a lovely day under the care of a loving mum.

Nice one Shrinky.

Les Becker said...

That outfit would be something any kid would wear out in public around here... of course track pants are so last century. They'd wear the shirt over pajama bottoms.

CHEWY said...

The Brentford shirt looks just fine by me. The wide vertical stripes make Abby look taller and she's at the age where she'll grow into it soon enough. Is that your famous Potato-Leek Soup I'm feasting my eyes on?

Scott from Oregon said...

Yeah... I like that kind of gal...

She's gonna grow up and make some bloke very happy...

(if she's so inclined...)

*Goddess* said...

OK, Lady, how do you get a teenager to wear a suit AND tie?!

Shrinky said...

Akelamalu, yeah, we've decided to keep her! Grin.

Are you Marty? Awwww, sweet..

Denise, yeah - smile.

Go on Maalie, rub it in, eh? Brentford, aka "The Nylons" may be a crap team, but even they have their moments y'know - they actually WON this week! Whey-hey!!

Ah Les, 'tis comforting to know good taste and high fashion still rules our world, eh? (Snigger)

Eh Chewy, I love your optimism. Well yeah, that is my home made soup, that is, what little you can see of it under all that cream.

The jury is still out on that one, Scott..

Haha, Goddess, not me, that's for sure. When you move up to the sixth form, school uniform is ditched, but a suit and tie is compulsary. He can't wait to burn it as soon as he leaves!

San said...

Happy Belated Birthday to lovely Abby!

I believe I'll let you make me some of that soup come my birthday. But please buy me something different in shirts. I just can't wear that in the way Abby does.

Mmm said...

Hey Fulham! that and CFC are my old teams.

Glad she had so much fun.

david mcmahon said...

I would swim all the way to your place for that soup!

Alex L said...

I'm glad you both had a good time... give the young lad in the suit a clip around the ear, walls are for holding the roof up not for leaning on.

Poutalicious said...

Lovely pictures. She sounds like a very well adjusted young girl. The picture of her in the oversized shirt looks the same as the kids I see wear in Arizona.

Helena said...

Cake!
I spy CAKE!!!
Oh boy.
Oh boy.
grrrrr...........
haven't had any sugar or wheat for 2 weeks!!!!!

Shrinky said...

I would gladly San, as for the shirt, well, now that the coolest shirt on the planet has gone.. maybe we will need to find you something else?

Mmm, our lot used to walk to Craven Cottage to watch their team play (they would need to swim now). Chelsea?? Did someone mention Chelsea?

Aw, shucks David, you know how to make a cooks heart melt!

Poutalicious, I shall tell her that, it will make her feel very cool indeed!

Oh Helena, poor you! We went wheat and sugar free for a limited time several years back - I still wake up in a cold sweat at the memory!

Ellee Seymour said...

They are girls to be proud of with lovely smiles.

imbeingheldhostage said...

Oh happy bday!! I think the oversized shirt looks terrific!
It's great to have at least one that enjoys a simple celebration, isn't it!

~Babs said...

Aaah, she is adorable, and what a sweet spirit-child!

Testosterone bubblin' over in that boy/man,,,hahahhahahahha, it's such a riot to witness isn't it? They just can't help it,,,born that way!

That soup,,,looks like what my Daddy would comment on: "Must be something wrong with it,,,I can't keep it in my dang bowl!"
:-D

Shrinky said...

Aww, thanks Ellee!

imbeingheldhostage, yup, it helps to have one sweet one in the mix! Smile.

Babs, I love your daddy's saying! And yeah, that boy-man of mine sure has hormones pushing through every pore of his this year (rolling eyes), such joy, eh?

Moannie said...

Ah! Lovely as all prepubescent girls are lovely, before the grouchy stage. Is brooding Byron Boy in school uniform? Very smart.

Shrinky said...

Oh moannie, you are so right there, she'll transform, just as her big sis' has, soon enough. Haha, Byron-boy, how apt! Yes, 'tis his school atire - which he can't wait to burn the moment he leaves school (but I do love it).

Deb said...

Celebrate! I love birthdays. And congrats to you, Mom! You deserve a pat on the back and a hug or two!

Sandi McBride said...

I love soup...cream soups, broths, oh I just love soup! Smart girl you have there! Happy Birthday to her...congrats on the Post of the Day mention!
Sandi

Millennium Housewife said...

Nothing beats soup, just had spinach and nutmeg for lunch. Glad you all had a lovely day MH

Shrinky said...

Aww, cheers deb, this type of quiet affair is by far more my prefered choice of celebration. After seventeen years of four kids birthday's, I am nearly partied out by now (smile).

Oh cheers, thanks Sandi! There is no better comfort food than soup for me.

Hi MH, and welcome aboard, it's lovely to see you stop by. Spinnach - mmmmmmmn, another of my faves!

Suldog said...

That's just a swell bunch of photos, happy times. Life can be exceedingly grand every so often, eh?

Shrinky said...

Yeah Jim, more times than not,it certainly can hon!

The Egel Nest said...

Love the jerseys! Good taste! :)

Found you through David's Blog! :)

Bradley
The Egel Nest

Mojo said...

If she's still this low maintenance in three years, call the Guinness people! 'Cos it'll have to be a record.

What a great kid.

Shrinky said...

Hello Bradley, thanks for stopping by. I'm saving these photo's to embarass her on her eighteenth.. teehee.

Oh mojo, I hold out few hopes for then, remember, I've already glimpsed the future, I have two teenagers!

Merisi said...

Happy belated birthday to your daughter and congratulations to you too! :-)

Love the "broody teenager environmental portrait"! :-)

Shrinky said...

Oh Merisi (clapping hands) "Broody Teenager Environmental Portrait" - Perfect, I love it!

Maalie said...

Greetings from an icy you-know-where and what ;-)

*Goddess* said...

Oooo, no wonder we've been seeing him a suit. I thought maybe you said you ABSOLUTELY HATED IT when guys wore suits. Yeah, that's the kind of genius Jedi mind tricks that work around here:)

Robin said...

she looks very happy!

he looks very cool!

the dog cleverly managed to never look directly at the camera.

but the cake was TOO small! girl, i could've ate that by myself.

FrankandMary said...

I happen to usually get on very well with broody teenagers. And I love cream. If the shirt fits, wear it forever. It is why I buy in 3 colors when I find a good fit.
Easily pleased is a beautiful thing.
~Mary

Fletch said...

I was going to make a comment, but got diverted by the reference to Chloe Cheeseman, about whom I haven't got a clue!

So I 'Googled', and look what I found ...

The Future Was Yesterday said...

"Spot the broody teenager"

Teens dress like that over there? To come to a birthday party?
The only time we see teens dressed like that over here is in a coffin...(:

Happy Birthday, Abby!! You have a million watt smile and eyes one could swim in...:)

Shrinky said...

Hi maalie, hope you are having a wonderful time, when are you due back?

Yeah Goddess, he sure hates that suit, he's promised to burn it when he leaves school!

Robin, that dog is such a poser, he has to be in every shot! And yeah, I agree, it was a kinda' stingy cake (blush).

Hi Mary, welcome to my house! I agree, easily pleased saves so much grief, doesn't it? Smile.

Haha, oh well Fletch, maybe I am one of her few fans, but what the hell, I loike her! Grin.

Hey Dan, you slay me - coffin indeed! (Shaking my head) He'd just got home from school, there is no way he would actually CHOOSE to don that outfit by choice, believe me. Wink.

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