How Not To Attend Your Brothers Engagement Dinner

It has been a long long few days in the Little Z household. Mainly because we’ve all been ill but on the plus side it was my little brothers engagement dinner this weekend. Unfortunately with all the germs and illness bounding about, and little Z becoming poorly we almost didn’t make it. The good news is that we did. Here are some of our highlights and pointers on how not to attend your brothers engagement dinner.

Spending the majority of the night tending to a whimpering and poorly Little Z who won’t or can’t quite tell you what’s wrong. Convincing yourself, that despite the bad night, we’re still going to the dinner and all will be fine by morning.

Swinging from thinking you’re going to be late to possibly not making it to probably not making it to admitting defeat around an hour before you have to leave and calling your brother to say you can’t go.

Watching Little Z start suddenly bouncing around completely fine despite the bad night. You think the visit to the loo did it!

Making a run for it, grabbing everything in sight and attempting to get to the spot where everyone is meant to be meeting.

Thankfully making it on time, then reluctantly shuffling onto the mini bus that your dad has hired on account of half the passengers being struck down with bad colds.

Having Little Z display impressive projectile vomiting, twice, all over my outfit. Then carry on playing seconds later.

Having to stop at a service station and spend half an hour soaping and washing dress using the rubbish soap dispensers and the taps you have to press down every 5 seconds.

Re-enacting the famous Marilyn Monroe scene completely incorrectly using a Dysons handryer, in a bid to dry dress and stop it smelling of sick.

Feeling like you’re in a scene out of ‘East is East’ and wanting to shout “The Indians are ere!” as the mini bus pulls into its destination spot.

Enjoying the engagement dinner with the “new family” whilst praying Little Zs meal doesn’t make an encore.

Driving home thankful for no more sick but wondering if pre-school is happening in the morning.


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  1. brummymummyof2 February 24, 2014 / 6:31 am

    Ha ha ha ha!!! I has similar sick all over me four times when we drove to Euro Disney. In the first hour! Horrif. Then some woman asked if I didn’t carry a spare outfit with me at all times for myself. Mmmm no? xxx

  2. Erica Price February 24, 2014 / 7:06 am

    :))) Trust a child to put you through it. Can only imagine how difficult it was do deal with that dress with those rubbish washroom taps.
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  3. Sarah MumofThree World February 24, 2014 / 7:37 am

    Oh my goodness! What a complete nightmare. This would be my absolute idea of hell. Am impressed that you are able to laugh about it enough to write about it already!
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  4. The Reading Residence February 24, 2014 / 8:25 am

    Oh no! Poor you, and Little Z, of course! Glad you made it there, and that you’re already making light of it all 😉 x
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  5. February 24, 2014 / 9:31 am

    Oh my goodness! That sounds pretty hectic! Hope everyone is feeling better soon x #MagicMoments recently posted…Throwing StonesMy Profile

  6. Karen February 24, 2014 / 10:18 am

    Gosh, what an eventful effort. Am glad you made it, but it did make me chuckle!

  7. Jaime Oliver February 24, 2014 / 10:28 am

    awww honey i am so so pleased you actually made it there even with all the sick!! i am so pleased you had no more sick on the way home!

    hope little Z is feeling better today honey xx

    thanks for linking up with #MagicMoments
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  8. Instinctivemum February 24, 2014 / 1:35 pm

    Oh no what a total nightmare for you. But I must admit the Marilyn Monroe scene made me chuckle. Hope everyone’s well now!
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  9. Charly Dove February 24, 2014 / 2:17 pm

    Oh gosh Tas! Well done for getting there although you might not have thought that when Z was sick. Amazing how they can just toddle off and play. I can just picture the scene of you in the loo, you must have been beside yourself. You told a very funny story though, thank you so much for sharing #whatsthestory (I hope Z is feeling better) x
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  10. Sara (@mumturnedmom) February 24, 2014 / 3:18 pm

    I was nodding in sympathy at the vomit story… Although it’s generally my husband that takes the brunt of it, and we have started carrying extra outfits for him and our two car sick prone children 🙂 Having said that, it was my turn to be vomited on this trip…! The joys of children 🙂 I’m glad you made it to your brothers celebration though! #WhatstheStory
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  11. suzanne3childrenandit February 24, 2014 / 3:44 pm

    Certainly sounds like an eventful celebration! Kids – they’re so unpredictable arent they?! Hope he’s feeling better today 🙂
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  12. Chrissie February 24, 2014 / 6:21 pm

    Clearly not a funny situation but the way you’ve written it, certainly is! Made me chuckle so much I read it out to The Bloke.

  13. Sam February 24, 2014 / 9:39 pm

    Hilarious! I do feel for you though – there’s nothing more confusing than a child who’s vomiting and still acting completely normal a second later! #MagicMoments
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  14. Funky Wellies February 25, 2014 / 8:32 am

    Dear me, the most eventful engagement dinner I have ever read about! xx
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  15. Jenny February 25, 2014 / 1:43 pm

    Oh bless you, it’s never good having sick all over you. Not like we carry spares in our pocket. Glad you got there though. Hope no more disasters. 😉
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  16. Nikki Thomas February 26, 2014 / 10:37 pm

    Oh no! Poor you and poor Z, I really can picture the scene, it sounds like you handled it very well
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  17. Angela Cheung February 28, 2014 / 9:13 am

    Oh gosh lol it wasn’t really your day was it! As a parent we can only prepare so much for the kids yet we always forget that perhaps we need spare clothes for ourselves too lol Will have to bear that in mind next time I go somewhere with a sick child! x
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  18. Kriss MacDonald February 28, 2014 / 2:14 pm

    Fab post – although must have been a horror with the throwing up – but I was laughing picturing the Marilyn Monroe scene in the service station and the East is East scene. Suddenly remembered when my son threw up as we arrived very late at the airport for an international flight. #pocolo
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  19. Katie Clark February 28, 2014 / 3:28 pm

    Poor little one – and poor you and your outfit. Sounds like a really stressful evening. Glad you got through it and hoping Little Z’s much better 🙂
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  20. Michelle Murray February 28, 2014 / 10:09 pm

    Oh no what a nightmare

  21. MotherGeek March 1, 2014 / 9:20 pm

    OMG Noooooo!! Sounds like little Z was the star of the show! Hope he’s ok now!!
    PS I may have choked on my chocolate @ “The Indians are ere”
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  22. Jude March 2, 2014 / 8:37 am

    Yuck, we’ve all been there with the puking – though maybe not in a service station. I’m sure my time will come. Very funny post. #pocolo
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  23. Raimy March 2, 2014 / 9:45 am

    haha oh dear! I’m glad you got there even if it was a bit of a nightmare! Lets hope these events aren’t repeated for the actual wedding! x
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  24. Susan Mann March 2, 2014 / 9:12 pm

    Bless. Nothing worse. It is a little funny to look back on xx

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