Can I please, please, please....

I had a nice diversion from packing over the weekend. My youngest son hit the  'double digits' milestone and turned 10. When he asked for a sleepover party a few months ago I thought 'why not?'. I had grand thoughts of a neat and tidy house strewn with bright colourful balloons, a welcoming 'Happy Birthday sign, a big homemade cake and a mother standing by the door, stress free..ready for a fun event. Instead I looked like our dog Tika upon our energetic guests arrival.  In fact, the boys were great. It was the Tika's playful, please, please, please can I play with them grin that got to me the most. If you have a pet you may appreciate 'the look'.

          'What do you mean I have to come out of the pool?'

                             'Oh bother, sent out again'           

              'This is more like it'

'What, again?'

'No, it's mine...catch me if you can'

Oh please, pretty, pretty please, I promise I will be good this time'

I have to say, I gave in. Thinking about the three weeks poor Tika has to spend in a kennel in Auckland and then that long plane ride to could I not give in to that look? I decided to use the same look on my family with the 'please, please, please..can you help me pack?' Actually, it was a bit stronger than that and it did not look so pleading...ok, it was more of a bossy look but it worked!

Back to work for me....this has been a nice diversion. Thanks for reading!!
PS..organised Mom had boxes everywhere, forgot the birthday candles, lost the balloons
but did manage a homemade cake (baked by my daughter and a tad on the well done side).

The smiles in the pool says it all...they had fun.. and me too :)


  1. Dear Jeanne - you are a brave woman! Happy packing! Love Susie x

  2. Dear Jeanne, Thinking of you. Remember, Connor will remember the party and the laughs, not the packing...Plaudits for remembering the party anyway in the midst of the boxes! Penny xo

  3. Jeanne, the photos and the captions are fantastic. Looks like Tika had just as much fun as the boys did, if not more! Tina

  4. That was a fabulous post. MY dog gives me those looks all the time but mostly to come inside and not to go in the swimming pool. I ALWAYS have those fantasies about everything being perfect like in the magazines. I have finally come to laugh at myself when invariably some or all of my plans fall to pieces and life moves in of its own accord. Jeanne - you're a scream!! Hope the packing goes well... When do you move then?

  5. What fun! Birthday parties and pets are some of my favorite 'mom' memories.

  6. Hi there, thanks for your recent lovely comments, adore these pics, great fun, thanks for sharing!Wishing you a happy Christmas! Sharon xx

  7. Hi again, only me again, I forgot to ask... it would be lovely to add you to my blog list wondered if you wanted to exchange blog links with me? Sharon xx

  8. Hi Jeanne,
    I love the photos of Tika - they are competition winners. Can't believe you are actually about to go.
    Love Debbie


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