The last two days of our holiday together have passed is an easy-going blur; despite not being what we intended to do at all, i think the downtime has been good for us and the fact that i got to catch up on desperately overdue jobs without having to shut down my business really helped too. I really hope Max was as cool with it as he claims to have been, i do feel like he missed out on a holiday, but he probably has a saner wife because of it so i guess it was time well spent 🙂 Thank you darling, if you read this, for being so great 🙂
Can’t honestly think what we did on Saturday now although i know i went shopping and got ‘that game’ and we grill-e-cued and played a strange format of rugby in the garden. How… HOW… do my children know the expression “i’m in touch!!!!!!” ??????? One is not amused. Oh yes, the loveliest thing we did was to go on a walk that is now easily accessible from our house, down several miles of bike path and bridlepath. Maddy has recently cracked two whell bike riding and is coming on nicely but she and Fran had been sharing a bike; Max used this week to trawl ebay and friday ads and eventually found Fran a new (new to her but excellent condition) bike for £25. The stipulations were apparently that it had to be pink and have gears and both criteria were met 🙂 So she is learning to use proper brakes now as her old one was handed down to us by an American family at Max’s work and has a backpedalling brake system, which is quite good for little ones to learn on, but does then have to be unlearned with speed! (And of course, at speed too! 😕 )
Yesterday just started deliciously, with the children bringing us toasted crumpets (known as trumpets here!) and orange juice in bed. Was just lovely (must teach them to make tea!) So we all snuggled up together for a while and wondered how long our king-size would take all six of us 😆
Spent the morning pottering, then took the girls to do their ballet exam (i know, i know) which was a long one this time, Primary Ballet, whatever that means. Fran was much more nervous than Maddy but they seemed to think it went okay. Then the 3 of us went off to buy furniture.
About 9 years ago we bought a lovely pine bed, chest of drawers and blanket box from this place and added a dresser with wedding present money a year or so later. Yesterday i went back and got bedside tables to match; it was oddly poignant, for reasons i can’t put my finger on, to be doing so and for whatever thread of continuity that it pulled, i was glad to get them there, rather from a random other place. They’ll arrive next week anyway and then our room will be nearly complete. Just need new bed linen, but can’t find any i like and can’t decide whether to match the curtains the builders put in or change them and re-theme it at the same time. Am quite keen on a cream and coffee look to the room though, so the current cutains will be okay if i can match them up with something.
Back home me and the big three spent ages on Big Brain Academy, playing in multi-player mode; terrified to discover i hadto work to beat them! Anyway, all good fun and it’s visual element seems to suit Maddy particularly well.
Ended the day with a gorgeous dinner together (thanks to the chef!) and then a sunday night tidy; we’ve decided that starting the weekend with a tidy up is pointless as it just means you get stressed for the rest of the weekend as it gets undone, but on sunday night the big girls do the top floor, i do the middle and Max does the bottom and then the new week starts all fresh and feel-goodish. Have started getting the girls to clean bathrooms (so many of them now!) and so on too, so they can help be responsible for our general living standards. hard to believe we’ve been here two months already.
Better go; everyone is happily employed but i’d like to give people some time so i shall go and bother them 😉