OMG… He’s Inching Closer…

Yep, my boy is most definitely getting closer to the four-letter word… T-E-E-N… He celebrated his 11th Birthday last week!

This year he decided to go for a big party – or at least what passes for a big party in these parts – he invited 10 friends to a bowling center for a wonderful time. Last year, he opted for an intimate water adventure with just 2 friends.

Here are some pictures to share the event with you:

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Here he is, at home, before the party, with the cupcakes and presents (these are from us and his grandparents and uncle).
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This is the bowling center near our place. It’s not glam or big but enough with 6 lanes, and other arcade games as well as billiards/pool. Actually, there were 2 other birthday celebrations the same day we were there!
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The kids enjoying the various games; TopLeft: Pinball, TopRight: Air Hockey, BottomLeft: Bowling, of course, and BottomRight: Ice Hockey.
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The gang :)
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And here’s our traditional birthday shot – the 3 of us, celebrating Tobias’ birthday in our new home ;)

The kids had great fun and i had a relaxing time, watching them play and laugh and having a good time. Tobias is already planning for next year’s party.

Yikes! i still can’t wrap my head around the idea that my baby will be hitting “some-teen” in 2 years!

Sigh! i guess that what kids do, isn’t it? They grow up. :)

syc

 

#CraftJunkies Link-Up Week 44… Angel Crafts Shop…

Ready for more handmade goodness?

Here´s Week 44 at #CraftJunkies Link-Up and this week i have chosen Creature Crafts; crafts which have created the cutest, weirdest, adorable creatures made by loving hands.

Here are my 5 picks for #CraftJunkies Link-Up Week 44 (please note that these pictures are the copyright of the creators of these crafts, i am simply using them to point you to their wonderful works, click on the pictures to go to the relevant pages):

giraffe
Oh what could be sweeter? i love the colours!
monsterbunny
Such cute monsters!
owlmagnet
Owls are so in now! This one is just adorable ;)
pocketgnome
Gnomes are such a big part of the fairytale world and one which you can carry around is even better!
unicorm
Magic is in the air, especially when you have such a pretty unicorn by your side :)

Which sweet creature has your heart captive? What other creatures would you like to see as handmade goodness?

syc

Book Review: One Day by David Nicholls…

i have been thinking how i should write this review. i have some strong feelings while i read this book and i think i might have to reveal a spoiler in order to show you why i had those strong feelings – so here is the official warning: Spoiler Alert!!!

bookreview_oneday20150521i love the concept this book is based on. We get a look at one specific day of the year in the lives of Emma and Dexter, over a span of almost 20 years. And this is how we follow their friendship, the ups and downs of their lives and their relationship with each other. It fascinated me. And that is why i picked up the book.

So the story has us following Emma and Dexter on the day they met, the day they officially graduated from university and are ready, or more like totally unprepared, to face the ‘real’ world. From the very beginning, we sense that they are meant to be. But their own hang-ups are preventing them from getting together.

Each year, we see them on that exact date and we get a glimpse at what they are doing and have been doing, and more importantly how their relationship has progressed or not at all in some years. They both come from very different worlds and it is interesting to see how they view each other’s lives and careers or lack thereof. i was sad to see their falling out and how it affect each of them.

There is a lot of internal monologue as the Nicholls shows us their true thoughts about their situation and their intentions. And about three-quarters through the book, the writer in me kicked in and shouted, “Too much telling, not enough showing!” (see here for explanation about what that means).

Anyhow, my brain said that because these 2 characters have been dancing around each other for years and they still are NOT together! Come on!

SPOILER!

And then they did get together! Hurray!

All was good and right in the world now. Of course, they had the usual couples disagreements and tensions. But they worked through them.

SPOILER!

Then she dies! In a most unfortunate accident! On her way to meet him to view what was possibly their new home!

OMG!

How could Nicholls do that? After taking me on such an emotional ride, i thought finally there will be a happy end for these two… sigh!

Of course, i know in real life there are seldom happily ever after. But this is fiction and i am along for the ride, plus real life is difficult as it is, sometimes one hopes for a little escape with the characters of a story such as this one.

After all that, i still do like the story and the premise of the book. The writing is good and i like the way he tells the events of a whole year in a day. It makes for a good summer read.

Have you read this book? Or maybe you have read other books by Nicholls? If yes, would you recommend his other books?

syc