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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.


Mrs C decided that we were going to take our Grandson Harry out for a walk on Saturday, so we were up and out early doors leaving the two youngest boys in bed!

Lewis had an excuse as he’s currently working nights at work and will only have got home to bed at about 06:00, Joshua on the other hand as i may have pointed out is being a grotty teenager so it was easier to leave him in bed.

We were at Sam’s for just after 10:00 and all Harry said when we got there was “Josh?“, nope sorry he’s not come as we’d left him in bed.

Sam joined us for the walk even though we did our best to persuade her to have a little bit of peace & quiet as Matt was also in bed after working nights. So off we headed towards Dunham Park. It’s all changed since we were last there as the car park we used to use opposite the style entrance neat Dunham lights has gone and they now have a large car park within the grounds not too far from Dunham village.

Sam had here National Trust pass with her so there was no need to pay the £6 car park fee.

Harry wanted to take his scooter along with us but we persuaded him to leave it in the car, so all Sam had to carry was his potty just in case he needed the loo as he’s still being potty trained.

Off we went in search of the deer which we were not disappointed albeit that they were a little farther away than I’d have wanted.

Now for the bump story……

most of the paths towards the deer sanctuary are well made apart from one section on the return trip towards the car park. Harry was getting a little tired so I’d picked him. This particular pathway was quite muddy so we moved across over a gully to a dryer section when i could feel my feet slipping in the mud. As I shifted my weight to get my balance i slipped more then realised i was going down with a bump. With Harry in my arms I’d got a dilemma do i fall on him, do i throw him to one side or do i take the hit and let Harry fall onto me?

So down we both came in the mud with a BUMP, Harry immediately burst in to tears even though he wasn’t hurt but just shocked. I was the one that took the full force and landed on my back. Jeans and coat now all covered in mud!

We finished our walk off with lunch in the cafe which was more expensive than we’d expected it to be. Two jacket potatoes, one sandwich , one child’s sandwich, two coffees, two bags of crisps and one bag of chocolate buttons – £23!!!

Saturday afternoon included a visit to see my sister-in-law for her birthday, then back home to prepare for an evening in with our friends Warren and Dawn.

Sunday as expected my back was aching from yesterdays bump so Mrs C has been fussing over me and administering pain killers.

We’ve also had time to catch up with my cousin in Chicago on Skype or was it facetime?

On the football front it’s been FA Cup weekend, Manchester United had a tricky draw at Cambridge, so it’s a replay at Old Trafford in the next 10 days or so, however Manchester City and Chelsea didn’t fair so well as they were both beaten and dumped out of the FA Cup by lower league clubs. Could this be the opportunity that Manchester United need to grab some silverware this season? We’ve not won the FA Cup though for the past 10 years so lets hope so.

Now settled down ready for the week ahead.

Phase one completed

Phase one of our holidays completed – I’ve driven to Whitby and back today to collect the youngest son.

Three hours there, 40 minutes rest then three hours back! This was all after having to take the middle son to work in Manchester for 10 o’clock as he’d missed his bus!!

The traffic going hampered by a steam fair at Pickering which we avoided them the M62 from Leeds to Manchester was a 50mph crawl.

Now off to bed before a 4 o’clock start to the airport for flight number one to Dublin then flight number two to Chicago to see Julie, Chris & Elle 😀