Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Where do I begin? This blog has gone to seed

Tried to get a post in before a month had gone by. Failed.
Life has been hectic, even a bit chaotic. I began a few posts, but abandoned them before I could even hit the "post" button. Then Blogger wouldn't let me post this, so I had to type in all in again.After a look around, i'm now on Firefox instead of IE. Here goes...
Enough excuses.
Another school year is over here, and school year end is always hectic. This one was no different, exams, corrections, reports, graduations, prep for state exams. It all just takes over, in the same way that Christmas shopping and cooking take over. A couple of late nights getting corrections finished, but got there in the end.
And we've had state exams in this house too. One Leaving Cert and one Junior Cert. Our lives have become a "who's on this morning and at what time", 2 timetables permanently on the kitchen counter, days being ticked off. Some exams start at different times to others, you have to be constantly on your toes! In fairness to Son, he was willing to make his own way home most days, which was a big help.
And Middle Daughter had a job! Attendant at the exams, which involved making tea for the Superintendent and bring candidates to the toilet. She loved it!
It seems an eternity since I was posting about my own French Horn exam. Thanks for all the good wishes. I'm glad to say that it all went well, and I'm thrilled with my result. The accompanist was wonderful, and the experience of rehearsing with her in the Peppercanister Church was amazing!
We've had an 18th Birthday in the house too! And a party! Lots of fun.
So, Happy 18th Birthday, Zoe. I'm so lucky to be your Mom, and even though I knew that from the first time you were placed in my arms, I have been reminded of it many times since then. You were so tiny and so vulnerable in those first days that I wondered if you would survive at all.
Survive you did! And you thrived. You have grown into a confident, capable young woman; you are willing to take on a challenge and see it through to the end. You have had some fantastic experiences through your school years, and they're not over yet! You have loads of friends, from many different groupings, and they all love you to bits. You love to travel (where did you get that from ?) but you're also happy at home. You are trustworthy, reliable, fun to be around, calm, witty, intelligent, hard-working, adventurous, kind. I hope I haven't forgotten anything here.
Most of all, you're Zoe. We all love you so much.


  1. Happy 18th, Zoe!

    The blog has not gone to seed, Mimi!
    Maggie X

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  2. Congratulations to you and Zoe!

  3. Ahhhh :). Happy birthday to your Zoe!

  4. Wow! That's an amazing schedule with which to keep pace. Congratulations on the French horn and a very happy birthday to your daughter.

  5. The blog has to fit into the schedule not the other way around!

  6. Goodness, you have been busy. End of the year is crazy around here too, I don't know about my kids but I'm exhausted from it all LOL.

    Happy birthday to Zoe and good luck to all the exam takers!

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  7. Yeah! Congratulations to you and Zoe! :D

  8. Welcome back dear Mimi, I know how at times blogging has to be put on back burner, I feel an onset of this soon. Too much going on in my life right now.;)
    Congratulation to your daughter, 18 is such a sweet age, all has the potential to yet happen.;)
    Have a great summer dear Mimi,

  9. Happy Birthday to Zoe!
    I'm glad to see you back, seeds and all!
    Well done on your French horn! Thanks for all those comments when I know you must have been frantically busy.

  10. Hope things are settling down a little for you at this time.
    A Happy Belated Birthday to Zoe!
    It was nice seeing you post again Mimi.
    Karen G. wrote the best comment. :)

  11. Well, that was such a nice tribute to your daughter... Happy Birthday Zoe. Even though it's hectic right now, enjoy that too. It all passes too quickly and it makes nice memories.
    Enjoy the week end.

  12. I hope life settles a bit for you so you can put your feet up. You deserve it! Congratulations on your french horn results ... and Happy Birthday, Zoe!


  13. It sounds like you've been hopping from one thing to another! We've got an 18 yo in our family too. She's our oldest, so it's the beginning of a new adventure for all of us.

    I love the pictures of the Queen.

    Have a wonderful week. :)