My Weekly Round Up, And Celebrations

Hello, how are you, I hope your week has been amazing? Its been pretty busy over here celebrating and juggling work and half term. I think Joe was ready for a rest, that first term is a long one! Thankfully the weather has been kind, I am loving autumn this year. It is my absolute favourite season, but this year with all those gorgeous sunny days its been pretty spectacular. 

Here is what I have liked and loved this week.

Having and 18 year old 

Omg how did that happen, I know its so cliche but it goes so quick. How is our first baby 18? We had a wonderful day celebrating with a family meal in the evening. During the day Jack took Chris and his Granddad out to buy them a pint. Chris was so giddy about the whole thing!

I can’t believe I didn’t take loads of photos, I think we were all so absorbed in enjoying the day together, I do have some but the quality is not fab, lovely for memories but not for posting on here. However the important thing on the day was Jack and not my camera so I going to let myself off the hook. 

Pink Panther Tour of St Lucia www.extraordinarychaos.com
Paddle Boarding In St Lucia

I am so proud of the person he has grown into, he has had some tough challenges in his life, but this seems to have made him stronger. I honestly could not be prouder.

An Amazing Cake

I had no idea where to order a cake from, but remembered a few friends had shared incredible cakes on their facebook page. So after a few enquiries I tracked down Jenny over at Cupcake Queen. If you are local check her out! Just look at this amazing cake its incredible and I think it was the best sponge I have ever eaten. And have already put my order in for Christmas cupcakes.

Half Term And Long Walks

This week has flown, we have had a trip to Blackpool, all the birthday celebrations, some lazy days and some long country walks.

What to do in Blackpool

Living in the country we do walk a lot, it is so beautiful here in all seasons. And there is always something to see. Autumn is the time for walking in the local woods, with all the crunchy leaves and tree roots. The colours are stunning at this time of year.

I adore how Toby chases Joe around the forrest, so wanting to keep up but panicking every time he stands on a branch and he hears is crack.

New Coats

Last week Joe’s new coat from Jacamo arrived, I can’t believe he is in small mens sizes now for a lot of his clothes and is almost as tall as me. I feel like all we do is replace clothes at the moment he is growing at such a rate.

Does anyone else have a child or teen that won’t wear a coat to school? It drives me mad, I know he has a lot to carry but arghhhh. I am hoping this lightweight coat will make it into his school bag, as it won’t take up much room. And them lets hope he progresses to actually wearing it when it rains.

My New Desk

Sharing my new desk, I am totally in love with my new space. It makes such a difference having somewhere separate to work. I feel so much more organised and productive. 

Styling my desk with Ivy Line

Catching up with friends and date nights

This week has also been a fab week for catching up with friends over wine. Sometimes you just need a good old girly chat don’t you? 

And as Joe was staying at his Grandparents one night this week, Chris and I took the opportunity to go out for dinner. We had such a lovely evening and the great thing about have a teen that drives is that you get pay back for all the taxiing and Jack dropped us off and collected us after our meal.

The week ahead?

Promises to be a little quieter, we will be having a chill out weekend followed by a pretty quiet week for a change. Next weekend we are off to Brompton Lakes for a family weekend and a christening. Have a great weekend whatever you are up to? 

A Quick Catch Up, My Weekly Round Up

Linking up with the lovely Anne from Raisie Bay

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15 Comments

  1. 26th October 2018 / 6:46 pm

    Happy Birthday to Jack, what a fabulous cake, it really does look tasty! It sounds like you’ve had a wonderful week and your photos are great. Your desk looks fab too, I’m really jealous, I so want a desk. My girls refuse to wear coats to school as well, I’m glad they have their blazers, but I’m sure they’ll be dithering when it gets really cold. I can see myself meeting them at the school gates with a big coat each, I’m sure they will love that!
    Have a nice peaceful week and thanks for linking up to #Wotw xx

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
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      29th October 2018 / 9:11 pm

      Ah thanks Anne I have to say I am loving my desk. Ha ha I know I just don’t get how they would rather be cold! x

  2. 26th October 2018 / 8:11 pm

    That cake is fab! Bless Jack taking them out for a pint, I thought it was supposed to be the other way round! A teen who drives and can play taxi to mum and dad – where do I sign up for one of these? Mine turns 17 in January so perhaps I should make her learn to drive – she doesn’t fancy it apparently, no doubt the fact she gets me running her around doesn’t help with her wanting to learn. She never wore a coat to school, even when it was pouring down so Joe isn’t alone in his refusal to wear one. Nothing better than a catch up with the girls, always guaranteed to give you a spring in your step isn’t it. Have a great week x

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
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      29th October 2018 / 9:22 pm

      I know they were all so giddy about it. And its fab now he can drive and he never moans about lifts bless him. x

  3. 26th October 2018 / 9:36 pm

    Happy birthday to Jack. Sounds like you all had a lovely day celebrating and that cake is amazing. I love your new desk. It does make such a difference having a separate space to work. Glad you have also enjoyed catching up with friends this week too. #WotW

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
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      29th October 2018 / 9:24 pm

      Ah thank you Louise, I know how incredible is the cake, I was thrilled with it, we all were. I love the desk it is making such a difference x

  4. 26th October 2018 / 10:43 pm

    Happy birthday to your son! 18 is a special one. Wow! That cake looks fab! It sounds like a great week!

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
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      29th October 2018 / 9:29 pm

      Thanks Kim its been a fab week and the cake was amazing x

  5. 27th October 2018 / 3:01 pm

    18! Happy birthday Jack! What a fabulous cake. Lots of fun detail. Still getting my head around the idea of one of my children driving, but I have over a year before that becomes a reality. Head in sand. Your new desk space looks very inspiring. A space of your own is such a treat. Intriguing plant holders. We are in the midst of coat buying and not agreeing. They will wear them to school fortunately. You sound like you had a wonderful half term. Ours has only just started. Enjoy your weekend. #wotw

  6. 27th October 2018 / 6:57 pm

    Happy Birthday to your son! Love the cake! My lad is 14 and in small men’s clothes, or medium or large depended how the sizes are! I like your desk too. The woods are lovely at this time of year 🙂

  7. 28th October 2018 / 5:53 pm

    sounds like a fab week. 18 wow! And that cake! Can totally relate to the ‘not wearing a coat to school’ – my younger son will happily avoid a coat – even when it snows – He’s still wearing shorts even this week that the weather has turned colder and he refuses to wear ANY long sleeve tops (sensory issues!!!) so I don’t know how he keeps warm. Gorgeous new desk and wonderful photos as always xxx #wotw

  8. 29th October 2018 / 1:31 pm

    Awwww 18…. A very happy birthday to Jack and I love that he took out his Dad and Granddad to buy them a pint. And I am definitely counting down the days until we will have our own personal taxi, that is certainly pay back for all the running around isn’t it. Sounds as if you have had the perfect week celebrating. And don’t get me started on coats. In all the years, Morgan has NEVER worn a coat at high school, and I gave up nagging a long time ago lol. Maybe girls are different as Katie wears one every day. Have a lovely relaxing week ahead x

  9. 31st October 2018 / 9:44 pm

    I can’t believe you have an 18 year old! Both your boys look really alike, don’t they? I think they both look quite a lot like you.
    I love your new desk, it looks like a perfect space to work. I have a study where I work from and it makes a huge difference to my productivity.

  10. 1st November 2018 / 9:24 pm

    I love your desk, going to pop over for a proper read. I need to create a new working area, after my desk had to be returned. It sounds like you’ve had a lovely half term, we live in the country too and I love the walks x

  11. 4th November 2018 / 4:59 pm

    Aww I hope Jack had a great birthday, I can’t believe you have an 18 year old. Yikes. Love the photo of your fur baby and that cakes looks great. We also did Blackpool for a couple of days and enjoyed getting out in the fresh air x

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