Saturday, Tom was out on some kind of epic bachelor-esque 15 hour solid role play gaming session at someone else’s house. He wasn’t expected back until the morning, or if not that then very late indeed. Opportunity for some girls-only fun at Chez Moi!
I wish I’d had my camera with me all day. We did some great stuff! It was exhausting, and reminded me what maternity leave was like (and reaffirmed my belief that I am not cut out to be a stay-at-home parent. I’d drive myself into the ground!). We started off charity shopping in Tidworth. M was not keen on this prospect, because it usually results in me not buying her the bright pink batter-powered Sparkle Girls Rock Guitar, and looking at boring mummy-clothes for ten minutes. This time though we struck gold – a perfectly M-sized Moshi Monsters micro scooter, in pretty good condition and solidly-built, for a mere £3! E also found a Thomas the Tank Engine toddler-sized umbrella, so I bought that for her too.
We headed to the park next, via the car garage so I could assess the locally available estate cars since we will be upgrading soon. M got rather unexpectedly excited by the prospect of car shopping, and was jumping about shouting “Can we drive this one, Mummy? Buy it, buy it! Mummy, buy this one!!”.
We got to the park in one piece, even though I did get stuck at one point by letting both girls walk along a wall at the same time. I couldn’t let go of E to help M down, and E refused to come down anywhere other than right at the very end of the wall where M was standing, so I had to get E down, get M down, put E up again, let her walk the two steps to the end, then get her down again. Sigh.
Both girls were good at the park. Poor M was a little neglected, but I did try to explain to her that E was much more likely to get hurt if I didn’t watch her, so if M wanted me to push her on the swings she had to choose the swing CLOSE to me, not the other end of the park. I did try to divide my attention between them, but they do like running off in opposite directions…
We caught the bus home, which was VERY exciting for E. She sang various verses of The Wheels On The Bus all the way to the bus stop, all the bus drive home, and most of the afternoon after that.
While E slept, M watched The Aristocats, then we started painting. M wanted to do foot print painting, which is always fun but VERY messy! E woke up halfway through, so she joined in as well. Soon both girls were covered in paint on the feet an legs, and various other body parts. I got out a sink full of bubbly water for M, but E wanted her bath too so ended up in the kitchen sink like a newborn! Then they snuggled up on the sofa in their towels while I cleaned up the mess.
When they were dried and dressed we went to the shops for a few bits for dinner. M cycled and E was in the pushchair. I let M cycle on the road, as it’s a very quiet crescent and there are always lots of kids on bikes in the holidays. At the end we crossed onto the pavement. Then on the way home we were crossing the road – Me pushing E, M pushing her bike, when a car appeared (very slowly and a long way off). M panicked, tried to mount her bike, then flailed about not cycling anywhere and crying in complete blind panic. I had to run E to the pavement, abandon her there, then come back to help M. The car had, of course, stopped, but M was in floods by now. We had to have a chat about safe crossing of roads, and not panicking, and walking quickly but calmly. Last time I let her push her bike across though! She’s normally so good.
Once home we crashed. CBeebies website was located and I did dinner. The girls crashed out at about 7.00pm, though E took a while to fall asleep (she was happily singing The Hokey Cokey to herself until about 8.30pm). I settled down with a cup of tea and Downton Abbey. In the quiet (ha!) times I had also managed to make millionaire’s shortbread, banoffee pie (well, I had leftover caramel – what would you have done?) and caught lots of wees on the potty!
Tom came home at about 3.30am. I took the girls to church to let him have a lay in. M is notably bored when there’s no Sunday School, sadly. She’s too old to entertain herself with colouring pens and toy tractors from the toy box, but not yet old enough to want to pay attention, even what it’s a Christening and the vicar is using juggling balls to represent the Trinity. E, though, is happy as Larry playing with the other toddlers and not fighting too much over the best toys.
This afternoon we have played games, done washing, tidied, hoovered, gardened, and bounced on the trampoline. BUSY! But fun. 🙂