Friday, February 15
Gwen has just begun to realise that I am a little bit odd. She came home from school the other day announcing with genuine surprise: "Mam, no-one else in the class has a rainbow weekend list! Not one single person." She means the piece of A4 paper I pin up in the kitchen every Friday with a list of all the things we're going to do on the weekend, written in felt tip pen in rainbow colours.
Sad, I know - but if I don't write things down, they don't get done. And when I write a list that combines a few boring jobs with lots of fun stuff and nice food to cook, it makes me feel happy.
This week has been all about the half term list. I was a little apprehensive, as I was completely solo parenting the three children as Dave had a big deadline and had his head in his laptop for the week. When Gwen finished school last Friday, I was really sick with a virus and hadn't eaten for three days. It wasn't looking good.
But today is Friday. We've survived the week without any disasters. In fact, it's been a great mix of outdoor play, creativity and fun with friends. The children have gone to bed tired and a bit dirty most nights, which I think is always a sign of a good day. Probably could have done with a bit more chilling out at home and less food-related naughtiness, but hey-ho.
We even fitted in a beach trip today, in surprisingly spring-like weather. We ate chocolate cake sitting on the rocks and the children played barefoot in the sand. And tomorrow, we're going away for a little break with Dave's family. The girls will play with their cousins, and I'm looking forward to books, photography, long dog walks and staring at the baby.