Be afraid, be very afraid.
I came to the conclusion that since keeping planning logs of my child related stuff did get things done, i ought to start a list-blog – and i got everything done on it with an asterisk. Some of those things have been lurking and bothering me for weeks; and now they are done. I’m really quite proud. As lists go, it doesn’t look too awful till you add in, HE the children, amuse the 3 month old (how did THAT happen?) keep an eye on the rabbit and run the small business. Oh – and have a life. Still, i feel mildly better that it turns out i’d not lost that form, i’d never had one; as i discovered when a handy thing dropped through the door with my NI number on it today (less amusingly it was an NI bill for £80 :~/). Actually, is it better my system hadn’t lost it, or worse that i spent a day looking for it?
I’ve even got appointments for the kids at a dentist, i can’t find one to join that is NHS so i’ve got to go to the drop-in centre. Which runs the highly workable system of releasing one appointment of random time, at a time, so when you ring you can only agree to that appointment or reject it and try ringing back. Incredibly useful for people with 4 children to find childcare for :~/ And my Opitec needs were thwarted by a system that flashed up that my computer had already registered and my address was already registered, when it certainly wasn’t. Hurumph. Still, it was a productive day.
Fran and Amelie played Happy Street again mostly while i was obsessing about my jobs. Then Fran did one of these Multiplication Mosaics which she really enjoyed. To be honest, *I’d* really enjoy those. Although, if i’m honest, i began to wonder if i was of sound mind when i first of all had to get Max to show me how to do number 3 of this page anjd then asked him to invent me some so i could practise…. *must get out more.* Anyway, Fran used her multiplication leapfrog thing to work some of the puzzle out and it seemed to keep her pretty amused. Then she and i did her work box together which was considerably more fun today; i really enjoyed watching her work out halves and doubles of numbers (oh thank god, i’ve just realized there *IS* an easy way to work out 4*16) – Fran does that thing where she seems to be lookning inside her eyelids for the answer. Makes me laugh.
Maddy arrived home and immediately demanded her “work” too – so we did some subtraction sums. Then it was time for Big Toe Radio and some drawing, which was mostly successful – Fran likes the history stuff but gets very easily distracted, mainly cos it tends to be a noisy time of day here. She was using felt tips in the boxed paper i had made her – i showed her that using a felt tip for detail with a pencil for the colouring in produced a better result for what she wanted, then she spent a bit of time experimenting with felt tip over crayon and the textures and patterns it made (and THAT, Sarah, is some bigging up, i can assure you ;~)) Anyway, she enjoyed it and was quite pleased with what she achieved.
They’ve all finished off with Alley Cats and so far, i think Fran is not crying, which is the first evening so far. I felt a bit sorry for her really, she’s decided not to spent her £1 from the Tooth Fairy as it happened the day Peter died. So no doubt there will be tears for a few teeth to come yet. :~( Button has seemed a little bit quiet today but she’s perked up now so i’m less bothered by her. She is all over Max, clearly wants babies and figures he is the only one in the house with Testosterone. She frightened the life out of Ammi, who was already in bits over a spider, earlier by jumping up on the sofa for a cuddle. Poor Ammi, she really does NOT do animals. Kate is going to look after Button for CP anyway, assuming she is still alive, so at least that is sorted.
Final bits of news; Ammi knows all her colours, slightly to my surprise, even as far as pink (well, of course), purple and orange. Clever girl. I’ll forget presenting the Montessori colour box then. And Josie is fist sucking, dribbling and pulling her head really far forward to tell me she wants to sit up. She, like the others, is incredibly strong and that is a timely reminder that if she is like her sisters, she’ll be crawling in less than 2 months. GAWD…