The last 2 birthdays have also been spent in hospital (2013/14) so this year, in itself, was already good and made better by being together. So I spent a bit of time thinking about it and then remembered a comment from a friend/work colleague about cooking a romantic meal for us when the time was appropriate so, hoping that she'd remembered too, I asked her if I could make good her offer and she said 'yes' so that was one present sorted. I told Andy it would be really, really good food and did he remember when i'd come home from work raving about the lunch meal we'd had and he nodded and said he did so he's looking forward to that, as am I!!
Something else I got him was inspired by my sister's present for our Dad. A stadium tour of his football team!. He also got a cinema gift card off his brother for his birthday and we got one of my sister and BIL for christmas too!
His presents were a bit more activity based as they sometimes suit him better, some activities are just as 'join-in-able' for him as they are for me, apart from a chocolate tasting session in which case I don't think id be invited, haha! I also like presents that happen in the future as its something to look forward to and we can celebrate his birthday again!
In the afternoon we had a meal booked at a restaurant courtesy of a friend who had organised it. I hadn't told Andy about it as i wanted to surprise him and when we got there first he did question why we needed such a big table!.
It was lovely to be back together in our usual Sunday group and after the meal we headed back to our friends house for pudding. He hasn't been there for 2 years, since the operation, so that was good too and we got a chance to look at the foundations for their hydro pool that they've since had installed and one day, hopefully, Andy will be able to join in the benefits of that pool. These are the friends whose children did the epic swim fundraiser for Andy on the 21st December that raised around £800 towards the building fund. Please take a look at their blog and also their gofundme page for the swimathon.
After that I took Andy back to his bungalow, did a whirlwind turnaround of dropping kids off home and sorting them ready for the babysitter and then went out again with Andy to see Star Wars. We went into one of the access boxes at Cineworld, which are lovely. They are at the very back of the auditorium and feel a bit like a box at the theatre. They are accessed via a private entrance which requires cinema staff to escort you and no one can see you but you can see everything which is perfect for us. Usually a trip to the cinema coincides with medications needing to be given so this offers privacy for Andy and space for the staff so works all-round.
A good birthday!!
The birthday meal.