Scraping the title barrel these days 😆
Today has ended a generally pleasant “getting back to it” week. I feel much more upbeat about things now that i have Amelie properly back. I feel like i can start to get some sort of rhythm back into the day now, which is a massive relief. i will have to come up with a slightly better plan for her and Josie during the mornings, but i needed to do that anyway. For now, Teletubbies and the pc for Amelie are working okay.
Normals, as normal – nothing dramatic other than being impressed by Fran’s recall on times tables, then a fair bit of kicking about doing this and that. Earwigged on Maddy playing castles for a while and was enjoying her ironic take on fairytales till i realised she was playing at Shrek. My kids are never going to have romantic aspirations for Prince Charming, it seems 😆
Fran and i knitted for a while, she seems to have got the hang of it now and has managed a couple of inches worth, with the occasional bale out. She counts religiously, it sounds like a rosary or something! Maddy had a go but got bored, but she tried really hard. Even i did some, but my needles were too small for the HESFES wool i had bought. Besides which it had been “josiefied” and is in need of considerable untangling 🙄 I’d forgotten just how destructive baby-toddlers are – everything in the cupboards, on the shelves, in boxes, on tables is ruthlessly removed and scattered. I know Fran was like this but i don’t remember the middle two being, or maybe i just didn’t notice. No, i’m sure Maddy wasn’t anyway, she wasn’t interested in the world enough!
Josie is reminding me a LOT of baby Fran atm actually and it is really funny as neither of the others were like her at all. I’m looking forward to having another one of that sort about 🙂 Mind you, Josie was feeding a little while ago and from the angle she was at, she looked Amelie’s double. I do like interchangeable children; Amelie featured in the Ed Report a few times because the photos of her doing things were better!
Josie is weaning slowly, down to a feed every few days now. Hoping she’ll carry on till after Melrose as it will make that much easier if she does; i really do NOT want another “1st year there with Amelie” experience. She can now run, play very convincing games, has a good understanding of a variety of sentences and say hello, byebye and managed look today. Yesterday she was grumbling for a piece of Amelie’s paper and i said “shall i give you one of these then?” and she immediately stopped, whipped round and held out her hand to me. She melted everyones heart by running to the door calling “daddeeeee!” when she heard the door open the other night.
I left all the oil pastels out on the table and we’ve used them lots today, exploring and experimenting. Fran and i did the “colour over it in black and scratch” thing, which was fun. They’ve spent the evening running a pretend museum and making Max and i visit, pay and be directed to exhibits! Amelie and i also curled up for ages doing Dora on the Leapster; i was quiet impressed by her memory on the tile matching game. It was nice to snuggle up with her anyway and Josie brought her little piano and came and sat with us, so i felt very homeschoolmom.
I’m loving my nano and am listening to A Tale of Two Cities – the unabridged version on Audible is wonderful, really good to listen to. I’m going to have to get the book as well though, as i am sure i’ll want to really read it. I listen to that as i go to sleep and read Far from the Madding Crowd before i go to sleep. Maybe it is no wonder that i’ve had a whole set of deeply disturbing dreams the last couple of nights.
And i’ve just won these for Fran on ebay
VERTBAUDET – apparently… for £10.50. I can live with those, boots they may be, but at least they don’t look like she charges by the hour 🙄