December always is hectic in our house. Not content with Christmas and all the festivities, we also celebrate our wedding anniversary on the 20th, Mads birthday on Christmas Eve and my little sister's birthday on the 13th. This means that inevitably December is expensive and busy, but we love it all the same.
A couple of weeks ago we went on a rare night away to London which we did as a sort of early anniversary celebration. It was only the second night away we have ever had from the girls, of course we have had nights out together but to be honest they aren't regular, it seems to be either of us going out separately rather than together. Indeed I won't go out for ages and then this week I have had three nights out, due to Christmas parties and get togethers with friends.
However yesterday evening we had a very important milestone to celebrate. My little sister Annie turned 21, so of course this was a cause to get together our whole family and have a little party. My Dad and stepmum very kindly agreed to have the girls at their house for the evening to stay over, meaning that we didn't have to worry about getting home at a particular time. (As I write this we are late to go and pick them up!) So Mr E, my Mum and step dad, grandparents, step sisters and a couple of family friends headed into Cambridge for a nice dinner together.
I have spoken about my sister many times on this blog. Even though there is a ten year age gap between us we are incredibly close and I see her lots- indeed she is the best auntie to my girls and adores them so much. I am so proud of who she has become and can't believe she is 21- it feels like five minutes since my Mum came to Leeds to celebrate mine, and last night made me feel a litle old!
We had a great time. The food was lovely, the company of course was even lovelier and after the meal, we headed off for a few drinks before my sister and step sister headed off properly 'out'. My grandparents paid for the whole meal which they often do, which was just so sweet. You can't choose your family, and of course mine is a blended one as my parents aren't together anymore. But I feel genuinely lucky that I have ever such a lovely one, with both my stepdad and my stepsisters, and of course my stepmum on my Dads side too.
Now the next celebration will be our 5th wedding anniversary, although we don't do much for that, and then it will be Mads birthday on Christmas Eve. I can't believe she is going to be four!
We love you Annie, Happy 21st Birthday.
A few iPhone snaps of our evening.
Myself and the birthday girl.
All of us.
Blowing out the candles.
Slightly tipsy selfies.