I don’t know if this happens to anyone else but as soon as the weather starts to get really nice, always around this time of year, I without fail seem to pick up some kind of horrid summer cold. This year it has slowly been making it’s way through the whole family and this week Ernie and I were both poorly. To be honest, it was an epically rubbish week, having a poorly baby is rubbish, being poorly yourself is rubbish, doing both of those things at the same time as well as being in charge of two hyper girls who have just gotten over being ill themselves, well they could use that as a torture I’m pretty sure. I could tell you about how I managed to get Greta’s poo all over my hand whilst trying to change her pull up with a very grumpy baby asleep on me that I daren’t wake up….. but I’m not going to go on about the bad bits of life because this is happy days! But, suffice to say, I do not have a whole list of awesome happy moments to wow you with this week. But luckily, just when I thought I was going to have to resort to such gems as ‘had a shower’ and ‘Carl came home on time’ to make a happy list this week, Friday came through for me with a day full of fabulousness, hurrah! The weather was great, I didn’t feel like I had razorblades in my throat anymore, Ernie was still full of cold but at least his eyes weren’t stuck together with gunk when he woke up….. it had all the makings of the best day we’ve had in ages.
Since the weather looks like it’s only going to get nicer over the weekend, I thought I’d better be prepared and make sure that everyone was kitted out with sunglasses and sun hats. Not only that, but the idea of leaving the house for a bit of retail therapy after a week of quarantine was actually making me a little bit giddy with excitement. I temporarily forgot that under usual circumstances I would do anything to avoid taking all three children to the shops on my own, and eagerly started the long winded process of getting everyone ready to go out. I’m not joking when I say it’s long winded, nobody went anywhere until half 11! Luckily we weren’t in any rush.
We only have one shop that sells clothes in our high street, so Peacocks was where we were headed. The girls ran in and immediately chose bright pink baseball caps, Peppa Pig for Greta and Frozen for Mabel. Nice try girls but sorry, no. I put them back and replaced them with a more tasteful floral trilby. We had a giggle trying on sunglasses and Mabel declared that ‘Purple is definitely my colour!’. I grabbed a hat for Ernie and we headed to the tills. Apart from Greta grabbing a belt from the display and using it as a skipping rope, we escaped unscathed.
Before we went back home we popped for a sandwich and a cream cake for lunch, because we definitely deserved it after the week we had just battled through.
When we got home, Greta had fallen asleep in the buggy. I can’t even describe how much of a Mum win it is to have the toddler napping at an appropriate time. HALLELUJA!!
Mabel and I then had a chance to do some drawing and counting together, which was really nice. I started doing some simple sums with her, which she went along with for 5 minutes, but then she drew a map and we had to go in the garden to find the golden eggs……
The rest of the afternoon was spent in the garden and it was just so lovely, I felt so content just watching the two girls playing and Ernie sitting and giggling at them. After a week or just trying to get through the day, and to be honest not really enjoying being a Mum and wishing someone would give me a day off, it was so nice to get back to feeling more like myself again. I took some photos, but because nothing really captures a moment quite like video, I filmed some clips and just made a tiny little video. I really just felt compelled to record the moment.
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