So this week my daughter finally turns into a teenager.
I have been describing her as a teenager for the past 6 months, much to her disgust, but by the end of the week it will actually be true.
I will be a mother of two teenage children.
I hadn’t really thought of myself as getting old before, but now this fact is hitting me like a skier crashing through a forest, each branch whacking into my face with a new wrinkle.
Anyway, today I start the birthday party preparations.
I’m thinking it will be a small affair.
Very small in fact.
Just myself, my son and my daughter need invitations, although our neighbours may well look over the fence with a glass of something bubbly!
Lockdown and ensuring the safety of ourselves and others must even trump a 13 year old’s birthday party!
So then, how am I going to make this special?
My daughter and son have recently been making short movies together recreating iconic movies using an inflatable alien.
So my idea? Let’s provide more characters!
I am ordering inflatable flamingoes, parrots, dinosaurs and palm trees.
I have also ordered a new paddling pool with an inflatable base to use as a makeshift hot tub, without the heat or bubbles! I’m just hoping it will be comfortable enough to sit and have a cold drink in!!!
My daughter’s main present will be a trampoline, something she has always wanted, but with my job and the size of our garden, I had decided against. But when in lockdown, why not?
How will a trampoline fit into our life ‘AL’ (After Lockdown)? Who knows. I will deal with that later.
So it is meant to be a glorious week and I am hoping for a little beach party vibe, music, paddling pool, flamingoes, trampoline and some screeches of laughter as my son and daughter recreate another movie in their own weird and wonderful way!
I am also hoping there will be a whole host of video chats and messages. Turning 13 is usually all about the friends, I am just hoping an inflatable flamingo, dinosaur and parrot can make up for this!
If you know my daughter, keep quiet and keep the surprise… I will report back later about how it all went!
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