I don’t know what i was doing while i was growing up, i only heard the “Stone Roses” album for the first time last year – it was on in the car today and it appears my girls know the lyrics better than i do.
Actually i DO know what i was doing, producing plays and listening to tthe Phantom of the Opera. Watched the film of that last night, very disappointing. Started well, fizzled out and then disappeared into a faint “ploopy” sort of plop in a well. Ah well.
I don’t seem to have blogged for days. Erm.
Thursday – passed in a haze of de-nitting, normals, Animal Crossing, Fran’s last Rainbows session, Maddy doing an emotional loop the loop.
Friday – KirstyandJames came to see us, so did Auntie Kate, more denitting, the Gameboy to gamecube cable provided more Animal Crossing delight, Ammi and Josie had their jabs and i had to wrap Maddy in the curtain to stop her crying while they had it done. maddy doesn’t appear to have glue ear, which means the congestion must be adenoidal; Max and i reckon she is virtually lip-reading at the moment. Hasty referral has been made to the ENT dept; in the meantime she is fast dissolving into a disconnected heap of jelly. Current hysteria is over a new kettle and a new chest of drawers. We had TWO HOURS of tears over the new kettle.
Today has been lovely though. Started the day with cuddles and lots of playing together. De-nitted Fran who seems to have a clutch of eggs without any mammas AT ALL, most disturbing. Good job we haven’t read The Veleteen Rabbit or she’d be panicking about her bear. I am *so* doing hair bobbles and hats at camps from now on. Even found 4 in my hair but only babies and no eggs i can find. I was still pulling ones the size of red spiders out of Ammi last night, which involved an eventual trip out for a more viscious form of chemical. AND we all stink of tea-tree and have the silkiest hair EVER from conditioner!
Oh yes, today. Pootled off to the Butterfly Park which we last visited with Kirsty last year. Completely lovely fday there; very educational – girls like the Llamas very much (not, admittedly, your most obvious candidate for a Butterfly Park) and the Nature Trail and the owls, snakes, lizards… Amelie managed not to ingest any bugs this time but was a trifle jumpy. Did well though considering our last trip nearly put he into a padded cell. Fran surpassed herself by locking a toilet door and the catch promptly fell of the lock… in a manner fairly unlike her, she utterly panicked and couldn’t slide back the very stiff lock and it wasn’t one you could slide from outside either. Park people were mildly helpless and then a rather cool (and much lighter and more agile than me!) mum came in and threw herself over the cubicle top to rescue her! Poor old Fran came out and collapsed into a jibbering heap.
Anyway, spent the afternoon there then went to Hunstanton, walked along the unbelievably windy beach laughing at the people who were completely unable to bring down their surf kite things 😀 and then finished the day with a very civilised manner at a Brewsters. Tis quite nice to have kids who can behave reasonably while eating out now. Manners seem to have come on a lot too. Did attempt to provoke Max into a conversation about the lovely family on the next table with 4 girls and a small boy, but he wasn’t biting 😀
We’ve even managed some more Pocohontas story tonight. Need to spend some time talknig with Fran about her interests; she’s expressed some needs over things she wants to do – cooking, “experiments” and more history (more?????) so i need to address those in a way that is meaningful for her. Maddy has also asked to learn about “my body” (hilarious discussion about Daddy’s willy last night, lol…)
Will maybe have another day out tomorrow and hopefully one visiting an MPer on Monday too.
In other news… had a bead order a couple ofg nights ago from someone who’s address was similar to Max’s childhood home; snet a polite email saying i envied the address and it turns out that she is an HEer who remembers him (very well!) from Junior School – so planning to meet up in the summer. In a nice way, it was quite spooky really, to read snippets of such good memories about the boy he was. Even more impressively, he actually remembers her too!
I’ve decided to take my exercise levels in hand and have been walking this week. I’ve got a nice circuit i can do in our area that is exactly 2.5 miles – i’ve done it twice since wednesday and am planning to try and do it 4 times a week – on the other nights, Max is going for a cycle. Hopefully 10 miles a week of brisk walking will sort me out a bit. Its quite nice to put Josie in her pushchair and just have a peaceful bit of time out.