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Birthday Celebrations

Posted on | March 19, 2008 | 4 Comments

This time 10 years ago, we were married for 6 months or so and it was fast approaching Conor’s 30th birthday. At the time, I was working for TEAM Aer Lingus doing my aircraft engineer thang and had what must be one of the best work perks evah: flight concessions.

Zonal tickets were the business. Get yourself a couple of those and off you went, the choice of many airlines to whatever destination the outgoing plane which had seats free was going to. Competitions to see who could get the furthest leaving on a Friday and back for Monday morning. Good fun.

So for his 30th, I booked the concession tickets and we headed to New York for the weekend on Concorde. It was brilliant, we arrived in NY 2 hours before we left London hitting Mach 2 on the way. The Pierces came up from Virginia, we stayed in the World Trade Center Marriott and spent the weekend hitting the tourist spots. Definitely a weekend to remember.

A year later, I gave birth to our first son on my 30th birthday. He arrived 5 days early and it was a completely different but even more memorable celebration. Midwives singing “happy birthday” whilst I was in labour is something I will never forget.

40! 32/365
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So now, 5 kids later and our 40s fast approaching, life has changed dramatically and celebrations take a bit more planning. Initially I had contemplated doing a F1 trip: someday it would be brilliant to attend the Monte Carlo Grand Prix. But for now, its too expensive and hardly child friendly. Then we thought of a ski trip en famille but again, it may be better to wait till the children are a bit older. Maybe just bring the older kids, nah, that didnt seem right either. We better make the most of them wanting to travel with us. Somehow I doubt it’ll be as easy when we’re hitting 50.

So today, at his request, I booked the final part of Conor’s 40th celebration and we’re all off to Legoland Windsor in May. It seems perfect and fitting that we celebrate this stage of our lives together with all our children. Time is passing so bloody quickly. Legoland should be fun.

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4 Responses to “Birthday Celebrations”

  1. Deborah Hadley
    March 20th, 2008 @ 12:36 am

    um, yeah, so I am just going to pretend I didn’t hear about that whole concord situation. Hmph!

    Sounds like a wonderful holiday. It’s a tough one trying to find somewhere that you will enjoy but that the kids are welcome! I can’t believe either of you are “that old!” You both seem so vibrant and wonderful… I guess there’s a lesson to be learned here somewhere! ;-)

  2. Manic Mammy
    March 20th, 2008 @ 8:15 am

    Hey Deborah,
    Thanks! Yeah 40 sounds really old. I remember when I thought 21 was ancient. I guess when you approach each age it gets to feel not that old.

  3. Curly K
    March 25th, 2008 @ 1:28 am

    Firstly, I’m with Deborah on the whole Concorde thing hmmphhh (jealousy is a terrible attribute but to be fair it’s only cos I can never do that now :( !!!!

    Secondly, OMG where is time going – cannot believe you two are ten years married and fast approaching 40 – shouldn’t surprise me and yet it does. BTW – I think I still owe you two a wedding present given that I had not long started my first proper job when ye got married and hadn’t a fucking nickel!!! LMFAO

  4. Manic Mammy
    March 25th, 2008 @ 9:25 am

    Morning Curly K.
    Shur your presence was present enough ;-)
    glad to see you’d an action packed weekend making krispie buns and entertaining your nieces and nephew, keeping ya outta trouble.

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