Had such a lovely, lovely time meeting some of the girls from HSMS. Ive met Suzy, Ellie and Rach before who are just peachy and I was so looking forward to meeting Sue because she is just adorable and has accepted to make cards for me using my papers (being launched at the new year). Ellie shares my Belles namesake and she brought her charming son, Rick too.
After meeting at the most meetingish point of the whole mall (the shooting water fountain dolphin.. you know the one if you are a Trafford Centre regular) we decided to go for some lard (food). En route we passed a stand where you could have your picture taken and have it printed there and then. Woo hoo, we thought - cool photo op. Suzy dared me to take a picture of her with my camera but I was too scaredy catty to enter the little display area of The Simpson's without asking if it was ok. So I asked one of the reps and she said sure. She looked at my camera and said...."oooh a Canon, right?" and I said "No, soz - its a Nikon". She then boomed "oh no, you cant use that, this is a Canon stand". Jeez - like Suzy says there was no call for camera racism. She did cave in when she saw me break down in tears at her racial abuse and allow us one lousy shot but it turned out to be fab anyway one of my HSMS buddies.
We gathered around two small tables just making the conversation flow. Generally about our kids, crimbo and all that malarky. Loved it. I just love easy conversation without airs or graces (you get none with my anyway. Come on, I am from Leeds!). We did all try a bit of shopping but it was pandamonium in the shops and I was stressing out trying to find my fathers crimbo pressie. The sales have started and something we have bought already has a 50% off already. No wonder people are leaving it until the last minute to shop. Hopefully I can get to meet the girls again in the new year.
I came home to finish the piccies for our crimbo cards inserts. This is our offering this year. We initially had a picture of belle with her sunnies on but we tried one more time this avvo in darker light and this perfect opportune moment came to us. Doesn't she look a lil cutie? And mark? Well, Im not sure if he looks a lil minxy or devillish coupled with the fact he hasn't had a shave in 3 days (rawr rawr!!!) he could also be my personal Don Johnson