At last, snow has arrived at Number 38! Not enough for school closures though much to Amy and Thomas' disappointment. I had to check the websites several times before they set off, "just have another look Mum, to be sure". But no, school was officially open and off they went. Mark was going out so he did the school drop off while I sat at home gazing out of the window. I've zoomed in a little, but this is the view from my corner of the settee.
Friday is usually my guaranteed day of being 'home alone' and I look forward to it all week. So I don't mind admitting I was slightly peeved when Mark was back home by 9.15am because he couldn't get onto the motorway. Then at 11am there was a phone call from Thomas' school to collect him because he was complaining of a sore throat, followed by a text at lunchtime from Amy saying they were all being sent home and could she have a lift. So the weekend began early here at Number 38!
The snow has all gone and so has Thomas' sore throat. I've no idea why the teacher rang me, they usually make the children persevere to the end of the day regardless of how ill they are.
Amy is in school this morning for a 3 hour maths session. She's gone off quite happily with her friend, the incentive to giving up her Saturday morning is the fact they've all been allowed to order pizza from Dominos for their lunch.
My jigsaw is finally complete. This one has taken longer to do than usual because I've been sewing and knitting.
Speaking of which, the sewing machine has been put away now and I expect it'll be a few weeks before the urge to get it out again takes over. Knitting seems to be my thing at the moment, these teddies are so easy to make it's a shame not to have one on the needles. And I've also finished The Ice Twins today which was very good indeed, even if it was a little spooky.
And 'Project 3D Solar System' is underway. Believe it or not, these balls of fondant icing are planets. I really didn't want the mess of papier mache and buying different sized Styrofoam balls would have mounted up price-wise, so I went for what I thought was an inspirational but cheap option of ready roll icing. I'll give them a couple of days to dry out then Thomas can paint them and stick them onto some black card in their orbit positions.
Mum came down and her and Thomas got the chess set out. It's been a while since he's played but he remembered all the moves. They both get really engrossed in this game and they played for an hour.
Happy Mother's Day to everybody. Hope you are all having a lovely relaxing day.
I got cards, a rose and a DVD that I'd dropped hints about since seeing it on Sadie's blog.
Rachel at Eternally 28 wrote a post today about Mother's Day which also rings true here at Number 38. No longer do Amy and Thomas jump excitedly on the bed first thing in the morning with presents and breakfast on a tray. It's all rather more subdued these days. This morning I came down and Thomas wished me Happy Mother's Day, but didn't look up from his computer and Amy rolled out of bed an hour later to watch me unwrap her present, then she rolled straight back in again.
I honestly don't mind though, I'm here, they're here and I know there are plenty of people out there who have no Mum to celebrate today with and Mum's who have children no longer with them. I'm blessed to have both.
We've been to see Joan and took her some toffees. The staff were handing out glasses of wine and bitter to all the residents as it was a special day. You'd think a little tipple would keep them quiet all afternoon, but I don't think it'll make any difference really as they had to wake most of them up to give them the drink!
Matthew and Sophie popped round in the afternoon with this lovely basket and a bottle of champers, which me and Matthew drank there and then! Sophie has her scan tomorrow and they'll find out whether it's a blue or pink baby. We are all really excited to find out.
And that's it for now. I was going to watch my DVD before Call The Midwife but I've run out of time. I believe tonight's episode is going to be a real tear jerker so I have my tissues at the ready.