So it’s so special to still see these two bathing together, having fun with bubbles and pots of water and foam letters that stick to the wall, playing hide and seek with toys under the bubbles and giggling away.
To Jac’s for a walk into the shops and Cafe Rouge for coffee – nice to get some exercise although my wellies are rubbish in the snow both from a warmth point of view and from a grip point of view.
Lucy came to tea with Lx and they had a great time doing each others nails and playing on the Wii. They also played Mummies an Daddies and it was the first time I have known Lx “play” like that with someone for tea – actively helping make up roles and a storyline. And saying “Come on Lucy what shall we do now?” Usually she is reluctant to do anything and looks uncomfortable if any role play is suggested. She is progressing so well at present 😀
Matt up to Telford overnight today. I went to college, helped in Dx’s class inthe afternoon and then luckily Pop came over to help out so I didn’t have to tak the children on my taxi run round drama and ballet (and football was cancelled because of the snow which helped)
Normally he enjoys playing football with Scott outside – but with the cold weather they have struggled to know what to do ogethr – till last week we hit on the idea of teaching Pop how to play FIFA on the Wii. Apparently he is improving…he beat Dx at penalities this week. next week they are moving on to free kicks – as long as Pop brings the right glasses!! Not being able to see the ball was a major drawback this week!
Had a phone call from Jackie from Gx’s drama re how well he is doing in the rehearsals – and then heard from Louise his drama teacher that he had been “great in class – he was Georgina in class again today”. Wondered what on earth was going on – but apparently Gx likes to play an old deaf lady for comic effect!!
I thought Sx was fine yesterday – just a bit quiet (although he did sleep for a couple of hours in the afternoon). But this morning he said his orange juice tasted odd and “could he go back to bed after breakfast”. I didn’t feel great either do we both went back to bed once the others went to school – and slept for nearly two hours!
By the evening he was feeling quite a bit better but I was still struggling. He offered to run me a bath which I thought was so sweet (until I realised he was after my laptop while I was gone!). He was gone ages still telling me it wasn’t ready yet. In the end I went to investigate – and eralised I should maybe have told him you need to put the plug in!! By then most of the hot water was used so I only managed a quick tepid bath – not the luxurious wallowing I was hoping for!
Having rearranged going into school to see how Dx learns phonics for today because I couldn’t make the ones I was supposed to go to… I got there to find Sx in the reception area with a sick bucket. So we came straight home.
In the afternoon we managed to get his hair cut though which has needed doing for weeks. He looks so much better – and so much more grown up!
Of course we HAD to build a snowman – and used our “snowman in a box” kit for his hat, scarf, nose and pipe. Dx and I had a snowball fight which he found hilarious!
Lx had said she would try some roast chicken so Matt cooked a roast dinner tonight. She bit a piece of carrot and then took it out – but swallowed 3 tiny pieces of chicken. (She ate both yorkshire puddings but wouldn’t touch the potato)
The snow continued overnight so as it was the weekend (and football was cancelled!!!) we set off for the park in the morning – with some friends – for some sledging.
Gx made a huge snowball in one field which he then insisted on transporting on the sledge into another field to make a snowman!
I LOVE Lx’s wellies!
The snow began this morning and carried on all day. Which was lovely for the children who came home and had a snowball fight.
I went to Nirvana Spa for the day and as the snow got thicker and deeper outside I lost my nerve for staying till the evening and set off home while it was still light. It was lovely while I was there though and so quiet with only a handful of people braving the snow to go! I had a shovel, a torch and some blankets in the boot just in case…!
This New Year I am trying to be a better mother!
I am trying to make sure I spend more time organising the house to run smoothly and less time messing about with photos and photoshop and lightroom and researching photography…!
At breakfast time we are enjoying orange juice and adding raisins to cereal, the children are at last getting into the habit of taking the bowls to the dishwasher to help me clear up and as they eat breakfast, we chat about what healthy food the children want in their lunchboxes today to help them get more “five-a-day” points…
At dinnertime the “treat” of ice cream in exchange for eating five-a-day is being kept interesting with ice cream sauces and sprinkles, cones and waffle cups and choc ices. Gx and Dx are still VERY into the whole ice cream thing. Sx’s interest has waned a little already! He is till eating more healthily but isn’t overly interested in earning ice cream.
So I am also trying to make more yummy food for them – so far this week they have enjoyed lemoncurd tarts, golden syrup sponge pudding and, tonight, iced fairy cakes.
At bathtime we are enjoying some new games – playing with the foam letters, popping open little bath beads to discover what foam shape is hiding inside and investigating just “why” the little pots make those interesting noises and bubbles when you fill them with air and submerge them. Now I just need to find a way to get them to have their hair washed without screaming…
At bedtime we have been enjoying the stories of Abraham and Moses from the bible (to back up Lx’s current topic at school of Judaism and all that she and I learnt on the school trip to the synagogue yesterday). I am learning from reading them too as I realised I know very little of how all the old testament stories fit together.
The children seem to be appreciating the calm in the mornings, their lunchboxes are going in full of more varied food and coming home empty and they are going to bed more quietly in the evenings.
It’s not perfect by a long way – and neither are they! We still have our frantic moments, our rows, the bits where Sx tells me “that’s bad parenting!!!” and the times where Dx tells me he is going to retaliate by wrecking the house.
But I hope I can keep it going. And maybe find even more ways to make life calmer, more fun and the sailing smoother…
PS Once they are in bed…I still spend FAR too much time playing with my photos and trying to learn more about photography!