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Tuesday, 22 September 2015

The Week That Was - 21st September

This week has been all about my daughters leaving for university and it seems like no time since Sophia arrived home from the US. As a result, life has been pretty manic in the Anderton house and our time together as a family of four was lovely, but all too short. I now have to wait until Christmas to see my daughters again :o(

This was my week...

Birthday celebrations continued on Monday, with a visit to the Warner Brothers Studio Tour. As my daughters have grown up with the Harry Potter books and films, this was something they had wanted to do for a while. As I'd expected, the girls had a wonderful day.

Butterbeer ice cream comes highly recommended, although I wasn't quite so taken with the actual drink.

Note to self: the next time I book the cat in for a check-up at the vets, I'm going to have to be more resourceful and not only remember to put notices on the doors...

...but also remind the rest of the family to keep the windows closed as well! The cat spied an opportunity to scarper when Sophia opened the conservatory window. I was alerted to the fact she'd escaped, after seeing her disappear over the top of the shed while I was upstairs folding laundry. We arrived just fifteen minutes late for her appointment after I ran out into the garden and bribed her back in with a bag of Dreamies.

On Thursday I dropped Olivia off at the coach station. I was convinced that she'd loaded her bag with bricks as the two of us struggled to carry it. Mr A and myself had already moved our eldest daughter into her new house back in July, which meant that we didn't need to make the 500 mile round trip with all of her belongings. You can read about this here and here if you wish.

Saturday was all about getting Sophia packed up and ready to leave. My youngest daughter does not travel lightly and the scene at home was very chaotic indeed. Everything came together eventually.

On Sunday we were up early. All the way there I couldn't help thinking about what we'd left behind and sure enough, there were several things that needed to be replaced. This always happens. 

By the time we arrived home again on Sunday evening, it was rather late, I fell asleep on the sofa and stayed there until bedtime. I'm happy to report that Sophia's new accommodation is lovely and her new housemates, delightful. I'm optimistic that the third and final year at university for my daughters will be fabulous.

Sharing the house with daughters who are away for most of the year is bittersweet. I just get used to having the two of them around, only for them to leave all over again. Right now, the house is a little too quiet for my liking. I'm guessing this will take a week (or two) to get used to.  

Here's to another crazy week whatever you're up to...

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  1. I am not looking forward to the day when this happens! Keep yourself busy although hopefully not with rescuing the cat!

  2. A busy week for you! It must be hard saying goodbye all over again, but it's not long till Christmas (gah!!).

  3. I need to get my two to start reading the Harry Potter books - love that your twins still have a soft spot for it. It's going to seem awfully quiet for you this coming week!

  4. Oh dear, I bet you're missing them terribly. I hope you find plenty to keep busy and I'm sure those few months between now and Christmas will just fly by.xx

  5. I'm sure this week will seem very quiet. Hope your daughters both enjoy being back at university and that you readjust to them being back soon as well. Love the sound of the Harry Potter tour and Butterbeer ice-cream does sound very yummy :-)

  6. The Harry Potter tour is just great, isn't it? And that is EXACTLY what our cat does - they get a sixth sense about going to the vet, don't they?! I hope you are coping OK without your girls. Christmas will be here before you know! Thank you for linking to #PoCoLo x

  7. Just catching up and know exactly what you've decided to do with your quite time now - re your holiday. Sounds like you need it to recover. Can't beat that HP studio tour and am very proud to see you letting your daughters go for the third year xx


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