My house is clean and tidy from top to bottom and i hardly did any of it. Gosh that makes me feel so good 🙂 I love Lucy 🙂 I am just SO much less stressed now, it makes such a difference. There is just a layer of general crud being slowly lifted away from my life that completely changes how i feel about getting on with stuff. On my bed are the last 3 boxes of things that need sorting out (yep Sarah, THOSE boxes!) and then i’m pretty much done. By next week we should have a crafting area sorted out in the garage and then that will be another space that gives us a place to be without making in-house mess. Life feels so much better. (EDIT: stopped for a bit and SORTED the 3 boxes out! I am crud free!)
Plan was this morning to do normals but while i was packing parcels the girls all got very into happymais and started building huge castles and scenes of various sorts. They were so content and playing so well that i just left them to it; harmony has been lacking enough recently and it seemed a bit daft to pull them away to do maths and english! They were busy all morning and till well after lunch, giving me time to spend with a friend, time to do some work and time to spend with Josie and, on occasion, Amelie when she drifted by. All felt very nice. Josie is (not) potty training by her own insistence. i have explained we DON’T potty train in this house until 2 1/2, but she isn’t listening. She won’t use the toilet though, despite her persistent nakedness – “i done it mummy, i done water on floor.” 🙄 My carpets….. Honestly, she is naked so often that delivery men have started to come to the dorr and the first thing they say is “oh, are you naked again?!!?!?!?” and after i have checked *i* haven’t forgotten to put on any clothes, i’m just left to roll my eyes helplessly in a “failed mother” type fashion. Oh well.
You know, i’ve just totted it up, my children add up to 20! (almost) – i’ve got 20 years of parenting experience (to run concurrently, no time off for good behaviour….)
Following lunch and a hasty clear up so Lucy could vacuum clean, i broke open a Yoga Bugs dvd i bought the other day. i saw this lot on Dragon’s Den – and i’m quite sure they went on for exposure, not money – and so when Maddy started making up her own exercises, i thought of them and wondered if she’d enjoy it. Seemed to me something engaging but calming and that will lteach her to centre herself might be a good idea so for £10.47 or whatever, i thought we’d give it a go.
All 4 absolutely loved it – it warms up, does 2 stories using movement and warms down all in a very entertaining fashion, the woman is suitably Juliet Stevenson-ish and it really caught their attention. Even Josie joined in. In all, they did it 3 times straight through and i had to drag them away to go swimming. So a hit, i would say 🙂
Swimming was fine, Maddy has really got her confindence back and demonstrated a width of backstroke to her class today. She likes her new teacher, a young laddish chap who she seems much happier with than her last teacher. Amelie seemed to be having fun in her own way and Fran is clearly keeping up fine in level 3.
I finished off with a cycle; Max fitted a doodad to my bike so i am now the proud owner of the knowledge that my route is in fact 6 miles and that i do an average speed of 11mph. So that made me very happy indeed!