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March is a busy period for the Cleary family as we have celebrations coming out of our ears!

It starts with birthday celebrations for my Father-in-law then followed quickly by birthday celebrations for my youngest son Joshua, my cousin’s pair of twins Liam & Tom, cousin Julie, my Dad, my eldest son Drew and then finishing off with 2 of my other cousins Kay and Jackie. As well as the birthday celebrations listed we were invited to a surprise 50th birthday party on Friday to help celebrate our friend David reaching the ripe old age of 50.

David’s birthday celebrations were held at The Pavilion Bar and Bistro in Bury and a large gathering of their family and closest friends were invited for a ‘black tie dress code’ celebration. David was unaware of what was happening as Bev had created a fake invitation to another celebration at The Pavilion. For the sit down meal Michele had squid, followed by chicken and then the cheese board where I had pate followed by lamb and then a large slice of jaffa cake.

The conversation was great as we were able to catch up with some people we had not seen in a long time. As well as the obligatory dancing we were all entertained by a magician, a male solo singer and the great display of fireworks at the end of the meal.

Michele was the designated driver for the evening and we arrived home at about 01:15. Thanks Beverley for the invite and I’m sure David appreciated all of your efforts.

Continuing along the celebrations theme for the weekend it was Mothers Day today and we were up early and across the road at my mother-in-laws for a couple of hours before heading off over to Timperley to catch up with my mum. As well as celebrating Mothers Day with mum we were also catching up with my Dad and Drew for their birthday celebrations we missed earlier in the week.

Then it was back home to watch the celebrations unfold at Old Trafford as Manchester United beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 to maintain their 3rd place in the Premier League.

Now settling down for the night in rediness for returning to work tomorrow.

0 to 19 in 19 years

This week we’ve been celebrating Lewis’s 19th birthday. He was off work all week so Michele decided that we needed to be off work too to help celebrate reaching the grand old age of 19. It’s not every day we get to see Lewis as you’ll all know he’s a trainee chef at The Radisson Blu hotel in Manchester and he works long hours. But when he’s not working he’s sleeping! except recently he’s been spending some time in Bradford with his new girlfriend Dee (Danielle).

Below are a couple of photo’s showing how Lewis has grown in the past 19 years, from being a small 6lb 5oz little nipper to the strapping 6′ 2 ½” (still growing) man.

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So on Lewis’s birthday we (Michele, Lewis, Dee and myself) had a day out to Liverpool. The girls had a spell of shopping, Lewis joined in too. Then we all had a four course taster menu at Jamie’s Italian Restaurant just by Liverpool One. Not a bad choice as we had cured meats, cheeses, salads, olives and focachia bread for starters, followed by mushroom risotto, spaghetti then a final dish of chicken with tomatoes and new potatoes. All this for the four of us including drinks for the most reasonable price of £75. We certainly will be returning. In the evening Warren, Dawn and Adam came up to ours to help celebrate. Lewis also got birthday wishes from other family members who had promised to call up over the weekend as they were hampered with school and work commitments.  But i suppose that when you reach the grand old age of 19 you have to accept that not everyone can come and see you on your birthday.

Lewis’s birthday celebrations extended themselves to the Thursday as he called over to Timperley to see his sister Sam along with his brother-in-law to be Matt and his nephew Harry. Lewis also popped in to see his Nan and Granddad. Then he was meeting his elder brother Drew after his shift at The Radisson Blu for a drink or two!

It was 08:15 that his celebrations came to an end with his elder brother Drew as that’s when they both came home, stinking of ale and looking tired! Didn’t take long for the pair of them to crash out and sleep the alcohol off.

Saturday was valentines day and Lewis had promised to take Dee out for a meal in Manchester at The Livingroom. Wow the pair of them looked really smart (look at the above photo – just wished he’d smile more!) I cooked Michele one of her favourite meals mushroom risotto with panchetta and we snuggled down to watch The Butler a film about a black man who worked for several American Presidential administrations. Good film that had a number of big stars in it, including a main role played by Forest Whitaker.

Today sunday, Lewis and Dee woke Michele up at 06:25 as they both came in from being out all night! So we (Michele and I) didn’t get a lie-in as we had guests this afternoon coming for tea to wish Lewis happy 19th Birthday. My mum and Dad along with Aunty Jilla. Michele had prepared one of her signature dishes Spanish meatballs, nothing left in the bowl at the end of the meal so it obviously went down well. Following late lunch/early tea my brother Rob, Sarah, William and Max came up too.

We have had a great couple of days this week helping Lewis celebrate is 19th birthday, now ready for work but just three days in as we’ve got Thursday and Friday off for half-term with Joshua.