I missed the Oscars - but I loved playing with the kids

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This time two years ago I was in Los Angeles for the Oscars season. It genuinely was one of the highlights of my career so far, so you can imagine how thrilled I was when I was asked to go back out there again this year to cover the awards for an American TV production company.

There was just one problem – I’m already working on a project, producing a new celebrity documentary for ITN in London, so I had to turn it down.

To say I was ‘disappointed’ is putting it mildly.

But I was thrilled with some of the Oscar winners and genuinely really pleased that 12 Years A Slave took home Best Picture.

Although it’s not the same as being there, working for ITN’s entertainment department means the gossip and chit chat all day is about showbiz.

So it was nice to be around like-minded people all day who love it as much as I do!

Working at ITN has been great and although I’m starting to detest the commute from Portsmouth, the work and the environment make up for it.

The severe lack of free time means that my weekends are spent visiting family and friends, because I get absolutely zero time to even speak to anyone until Saturday.

Last weekend I had just one priority on my agenda – to see my sister’s kids. I miss them so much.

Goodness knows what I’ll be like when I’ve got my own because I actually get withdrawal symptoms when I don’t see them much.

Being the cool auntie that I am, I took them to the Taro Leisure Centre in Petersfield on Sunday.

We spent the entire morning splashing around, going up and down the slides and generally having some much-needed time together.

After I’d worn them out (you’re welcome sis) and after we’d eaten the canteen out of all their goodies, I drove them home.

My three-year-old nephew Lewie looked up and said ‘I’ve missed you Chezzy’ before dropping off to sleep.

I’m sure it was more to do with the fun morning I’d given them than anything else, but you can imagine what that did to me!