Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Saturday with my family

It's official. I am a study widow. Seth has some big exams for his work coming up in April. Being as he gets home from work somewhere between 8 and 9 most evenings, it leaves little time in the evening for him to study and of course, on Sunday he doesn't study, so this only leaves Saturday. As such, on the day that we should be able to have fun together, poor Seth is studying and I am doing whatever I find to do to occupy my time! As much as I love shopping, there's only so many times you can wander around the same shops! Laura was going to be in Norwich at the weekend anyway and when on Thursday, she suggested that I come up too, it seemed like a perfect solution as I always love spending time with my family.

On Saturday morning I got up at 6am to get ready in time to go and get my train. Even though it was -5c outside, Seth still got up and dressed so that he could walk me to the station. He's such a good husband! Mum and Laura were at the station to meet me when I got to Norwich. It wasn't that long since I last saw them but there were big hugs as always, and anyone seeing us would think that we hadn't seen each other in months! One of the other reasons for me coming up to Norwich on this particular Saturday is also because it would mean that Laura and I were both there so we, along with Lin could practise the song we will be singing for Rache's wedding. We went straight to Lin's house from the station and spent a little bit of time with Sam and Cait. They were admiring the bump that I don't have and looking at me in a way that says, "um, are you sure that you are actually pregnant?!" (on a side note, over the last couple of days, a small bump seems to have appeared! Although still not enough for people to notice, they would probably just think I have a bit of a tummy!). We then practised the song. A lot. Or as Lins said, "They came, they saw, we sang, we sang some more, we sang still more, we repeated, I was a rubbish page turner as usual, but the song is well and truly practised. Then they left!". I like her summary of it. There are photos of us practising, but not on my camera - I forgot mine as I was getting ready that morning! 

When Lin, Lau and I practise songs for anything, it pretty much follows the same routine - us attempting to sing, us laughing a lot at I don't even know what, switching harmonies around A LOT because no one is quite sure exactly what they are meant to be singing. The usual drill. The worst is when we think of something particularly funny when we sing at a certain point in a song, and then from that point onwards, every time we sing that song, we always laugh and when it comes to performing it, we have to struggle not to laugh. Or sometimes we have indeed been known to just laugh, mid song. We're very professional like that. By the time we had finished practising though I don't think it sounded too bad. Hopefully we will have another opportunity to practise before the wedding! Then there's the page turning. I made Lin do it this time while Laura played the piano. Laura always tells us to turn the page when she nods. It doesn't sound that difficult, does it? She nods, we turn the page. All very well unless you keep time with your head. So Laura is constantly nodding throughout the song while we are left guessing as to which particular head nod corresponds to us needing to turn the page. Hence me leaving the page turning to Lin on this occasion! 

In the afternoon, we went to see Deb for a little while. It was lovely doing the rounds and getting to see the family, I always love spending time with them and getting all of the news! She is knitting a shawl for our baby and it looks lovely! When I see things like that, it kind of reminds me that I am actually having a baby. She also flicked through the Next catalogue looking at baby things. Deb is a huge fan of Next :) 

Mum, Lau and I went back home (to Mum's) afterwards and we hung out there for a little while. Lau and I had a dance party in our old bedroom, just as we always used to when we both lived at home. Ah, the memories! Then Laura took me to the station and I headed back home. 

Although I miss being able to spend time with Seth on Saturdays, this last Saturday was definitely a good one for me. I love spending time with my family and any opportunity I get to do that is always a bonus!


  1. That was such a fantastic day and so much was achieved. Great to see you and Laura in your dance studio (otherwise known as bedroom) and , of course all the hilarity with you, Laura and Lin rehearsing. Poor Seth having to study. I missed him. He would really have enjoyed this day.

  2. Brilliant day! You should do this more often! xx