Take 5: Unleashing the Beast and Saying Farewell

I‘m not sure where to start today. It’s been a momentous week for all sorts of reasons. Let’s put it this way…picking just 5 things to share with you is going to be a challenge! Are you ready for this? Here are our ‘Take 5 Friday’ moments for this week…


I very rarely go out at the moment but this week, I’ve really felt the need to escape from the seriousness of life and be me again. Just as well I had a 50th birthday (not mine – the lady in blue!) to celebrate on Monday then, wasn’t it?

50th BirthdayI still can’t believe that my friends are turning 50. This particular victim is the first in a long string of half a century celebrations. Before you make any jokes at my expense, I am the second to youngest in this little pack – they’ve all got a good 4 years on me. Phew!

It was a lovely evening of Presecco, strawberry gateaux and childish hilarity. Just what I needed.


So Tuesday was our big day at the hospital. 28th June was a date we were given when The Teenager was first admitted, one that seemed such a very long way off at the time. I remember my heart sinking to the floor when they suggested she would be away from home for eight weeks. Eight whole weeks.

And yes it has seemed interminable at times – probably more so for her. But we are finally beginning to see the light at the end of this particular tunnel. Despite knowing that her recovery is probably only just beginning, we want her home. This is looking like a distinct possibility now, with discharge being only a few weeks away.


So this week saw me at my last ever sports day. Were there tears? Of course there weren’t! I loathe sports day, particularly at our school. There is absolutely zero competition in it and even the kids look bored.

Sports Day

I suppose I was glad to be there for my boy but seriously….I certainly won’t be missing this little occasion next year.

The Boy did good though, coming first in his running race (apparently…I had gone by then) and scoring two baskets in the basketball challenge – told you our sports day is weird.


I don’t talk much about The Drama Queen and her school achievements – mainly because she hates school! But she’s had exams over the last month and although I’ve been repeatedly telling her that year 9 exams aren’t important or anything to worry over, they have been playing on her mind. A LOT.

She mentioned that they would be taking place in the big hall and that pupils would be seated in alphabetical order (something she’s not used to). She also reminded me that these results would determine their sets for GCSEs next year. To her, they were clearly a big deal.

Her English mark came back this week and she got the fourth highest mark in the top set! Academics has never really been a particular strength (or even interest) of hers, but when she sets herself a goal? She’s unstoppable!


So, the moment you’ve all been waiting for. The big reveal of the Prom dress….

prom dressIf you follow me on social media, you could probably sketch a pretty accurate copy of this Prom dress by now! Not much to say really, other than that we are beyond proud of her. I know that she will remember her Prom night forever and I’m just so glad that we put aside our fears and followed her heart. What a girl.

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I told you it has been a big week in our little family. I think therefore that my Word of the Week should be ‘Momentous’. It truly has been, in so many ways.

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21 Comments on Take 5: Unleashing the Beast and Saying Farewell

  1. Nicky Kentisbeer
    July 1, 2016 at 7:45 am (8 months ago)

    Wonderful. Glad to see you are rocking 50 effortlessly lady. I’m nodding along to Sports Day but dread the last one next year and will no doubt be hanging off a bean bag in tears at the passing of another chapter. The dress and your daughter – just beautiful! And as for The Big Day – I applaud you all. Knowing that you are probably a family just like any other, your story is incredibly touching and you have faced it with such dignity and, so very bravely. Congratulations on your momentous week.

      • Nicky Kentisbeer
        July 3, 2016 at 7:14 pm (8 months ago)

        I read that completely wrong – whoops. I blame the fact that I was just excited to see someone approaching 50. Happy Birthday to your friend!
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  2. Plutonium Sox
    July 1, 2016 at 7:47 am (8 months ago)

    Oh wow, that dress is fabulous, she looks beautiful! I’m so glad discharge is within sight. I’m a bit glum after reading about your sports day though. My eldest is just about to start school and I’m not going to be happy if her sports days aren’t competitive. Children need to learn about disappointment, failing and losing, it’s important.
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    • Suzanne
      July 2, 2016 at 2:23 pm (8 months ago)

      Don’t worry, I think our school’s is particularly bad. I do think that children need some competition and as you say, to learn about losing. It’s all part of life isn’t it?
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  3. justsayingmum
    July 1, 2016 at 8:53 am (8 months ago)

    So glad you’ve got such a lovely group of friends around you – they make the world a better place don’t they? Well that and prosecco of course! And just wow to that dress – brought a tear to my eye that photo – what a beautiful beautiful girl. Sending lots of virtual hugs for all you are going through and I hope you have an incredible summer xx

    • Suzanne W
      July 2, 2016 at 2:40 pm (8 months ago)

      Friends really do make such a difference when you’re going through something tricky like this. And yes, prosecco is important too 😉

  4. Sarah MumofThree World
    July 1, 2016 at 9:23 am (8 months ago)

    What a week you’ve had! That’s an awful lot of milestones in a few days. Your girl looks so beautiful in her dress. I’m so glad she was able to go to the prom and I hope it was everything she’d dreamed it would be. A big well done to the Drama Queen on her exam results too. You must be very proud.
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  5. Kate
    July 1, 2016 at 10:17 am (8 months ago)

    I generally read blogs about how to deal with weaning and the terrible twos etc so it is lovely to be able to see celebrations of older children’s achievements! Certainly a momentous week, well done all round! #wotw

  6. Let kids be kids
    July 1, 2016 at 1:13 pm (8 months ago)

    What a beautiful dress and fantastic result in maths, well done. I agree with you on sports day, it needs to be competitive, that’s just how life is, kids need to learn about winning and losing. #WoTW
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  7. The Reading Residence
    July 1, 2016 at 1:25 pm (8 months ago)

    Oh, she looks beautiful and so happy, it’s a gorgeous dress. I’m glad she enjoyed it. Great results in English and sports day – though not competitive is disappointing. My daughter’s only in Y1, but she’s been practising her hurdles all week ready for hers next week, so she’s certainly seeing it as competitive! Thanks for sharing with #WotW x
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    • Suzanne W
      July 2, 2016 at 2:39 pm (8 months ago)

      It really does sound like you’ve got a competitive one there! I hope she gets a chance to shine :)

  8. Kim Carberry
    July 1, 2016 at 2:24 pm (8 months ago)

    What a week!
    Well done your Drama queen….That is wonderful she is doing so well despite hating school.
    Aww! Your girl is just beautiful. The dress is stunning! I’m so glad she was able to go to her prom! x
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  9. Donna
    July 1, 2016 at 10:37 pm (8 months ago)

    I said it all last night really but Hubby asked me why I was so emotional, so sad, and I tried to explain it to him. That I’ve seen your family grow, your children grow up, I’ve seen it blossom and seen it as something to aspire to, something to hope for in the future and then I have seen it crack inconceivably, unexpectedly. I still hope that my family is half as close as yours in ten years time and I still hope we love each other as fiercely as you all obviously do. I hope the bumps in the path smooth out for you all sooner rather than later xx
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    • Suzanne W
      July 2, 2016 at 2:38 pm (8 months ago)

      Oh Donna you’re so sweet. The support we’ve received from the blogging community and everyone around us, has been incredible. I’m sorry to have made you sad but I know exactly what you mean – I’ve felt like that about blogs that I’ve followed for some time too. You almost feel as though you know them so well, even if you’ve never met! xx

  10. Katy (What Katy Said)
    July 5, 2016 at 12:03 pm (8 months ago)

    Aww she looks fantastic in that dress, I am so glad she got to go. Glad too that discharge is in sight now, I just cannot imagine what the last few weeks have been like. xxx
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  11. Izzie Anderton
    July 6, 2016 at 10:31 am (8 months ago)

    I’m so happy that your daughter managed to go to her prom. I hope it was a magical night for her and that she is well on the road to recovery for whatever she has planned next :o)
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  12. Tracey Williams
    July 6, 2016 at 6:44 pm (8 months ago)

    I got goosebumps reading this and seeing your beautiful daughter in her prom dress. I am so glad she got to enjoy her night with her friends, she is a beautiful and brave girl. And also well done to your other daughter. What a week for you all, and yes I am totally with you on sports day x
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