Friday, 27 May 2016

Confessions of a bad mum

Today was non uniform day for Thomas, only when he put his jogging bottoms on they didn't fit. Neither did the other 3 pairs he had in his wardrobe. The only pair I knew fitted for definite he wore yesterday for his show and were in the wash basket, so my confession is, I had no option but to delve in and retrieve them. A quick iron and a spray of deodorant and he was good to go. It does mean I'll have to go and buy him some more though. I don't think he's worn any of them more than half a dozen times and no doubt the same will be said of the next lot I get.

Mark usually picks him up on Friday so I thought I'd get a full day in the house today, but alas it was not to be. A text came through saying he'd won a class award so this afternoon I had to trot off to school. At least the teacher remembered to send him in this time which was a bonus. 
I did have the house to myself though which hasn't happened in quite a while and I really enjoyed the peace and quiet and the stillness. Sometimes the constant movement and chatter can jangle my nerves and lately I find myself craving solitude.

Mum gave me a jar of rhubarb yesterday so I started the day with a big spoonful in my porridge. 
Fajitas were on the menu so I popped a chicken in the oven and prepped the extras I throw into the sauce.
Then I got down to the serious business of 'doing my own thing'. I read, knitted and pottered about the house and garden thoroughly enjoying every moment of my own company. 

I've also spent some time sorting out my pieces of knitting bringing them together to make these Bedtime Babies. They're just a rectangle and are based on the finger puppet dolls only slightly bigger. They're easier to do though because instead of hair they wear bonnets which I adapted from a pattern for a boiled egg hat. I still have to confront my nemesis of faces though. 
They're really soft and snuggly to hold and are just a little bit smaller than my hand. The idea is they look like babies covered with a blanket. I thought the girls might like these as a change from the teddies that get sent out. 
And that's it really. The day to myself couldn't have come at a better time really as it's half term next week. No chance of any peace and quiet then but I wouldn't want it any other way. Which leads me neatly into my 2nd confession that I've just blatantly lied and I wish half term wasn't here just yet. 



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14 comments:

  1. I love, love, love the new little babies. They are so cute! It's amazing how kids just seem to shoot up overnight. Congratulations to Thomas on his latest award. Hope Amy is coping a little better.

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    1. Thanks Janice. They're sweet aren't they and so easy to knit up. It doesn't help that Thomas doesn't wear clothes often enough for me to notice he's outgrown them! Amy is doing well. She said today she feels loads better now that the first week of exams is over and she's done her first maths paper which she's fairly confident about. xx

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  2. I can confess too that yayyy it's half term but boooooo the HG has taken it off too so booooco bang goes my week to myself. But we have got plans too so yayyy! Love the little babies. You'll be opening a shop soon! Right, must get a shift on, it's our first day trip today, yayyy, with his mother, boooo.!!

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    1. Haha, it's like pantomime sketch. All you're short of is an "it's behind you". It's great to have plans for the holidays even if they do include the M-i-l :) Looking forward to reading about your trips out and about. xx

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  3. Love the little babies. Flo had a no uniform day yesterday and had to go in leggings and trainers because she has no shoes to go with any of her nice new summer clothes - guess who is going shoe shopping today... Half term has come around too soon, the whole school year seems to have whizzed by. I love rhubarb too, in the winter I have a spoonful of homemade rhubarb jam in porridge.

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    1. Rhubarb always reminds me of my Nanna. She had loads at the bottom of her garden and she couldn't give it away. I'm always amazed at how much it costs these days.

      Oh I don't like shoe shopping for children at all but at least you get to choose pretty shoes for girls. My niece used to love those lelli kelly ones and Amy used to have the ones with toys hidden under the heel. Wonder if they still do those.

      This term has gone quickly even though it's been a long one. Summer hols will be here before we know it. I'm sure time goes double quick when children are in school. I know my holidays never came around as quickly when I worked full time. xx

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  4. Congratulations to Thomas winning a class award! Your new little knitted dolls look so cute! You are so creative! The children receiving them are going to love them. I'm glad you finally got that day to yourself to do your own thing. :) Maybe you'll get another day to yourself once the school holidays are over.

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    1. It was for learning his lines and being a great rapper :)

      I needed a day to myself, it's been too long since I've had one and I'm hoping a few more are on the horizon. I love my own company and can never quite understand people who aren't happy unless they're with other people, but each to their own.

      The dolls are really easy to knit up and I've even done their faces which I'm pretty pleased with. xx

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  5. Love the little knitted babies. I think it's the Amish religion that have dolls without faces, although they look a bit spooky.
    Hope half term goes well.

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    1. I didn't know that, I'll have to look it up and find out the reasoning behind it. The bonnet on the one in the middle reminds me of Baby in Punch & Judy. We're away for a couple of days during half term which we're looking forward to. xx

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  6. I've fished stuff out of the washing basket many times, so don't feel bad!

    Totally get your need to be alone. I love it. Enjoy every single second. And if that makes me sound awful, then so be it! ;o)

    your knitted babies are just too cute for words! xx

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    1. Sadie, we are kindred spirits with our enjoyment of being alone. I love my own company and can't understand people who don't like being on their own. I don't mean people who are always on their own due to circumstances, that I totally get but to me there's a big difference between being lonely and not being at ease with yourself.

      The babies aren't bad for a 3am personal think tank are they haha. xx

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  7. I too must confess to discovering that the lads have one decent pair of trousers at a time when it is inconvenient. I felt your pain. But good recovery, and I love the little babies!

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    1. Thankfully they were on the top of the pile of washing so not too bad. He's now got 3 new pairs in his wardrobe and I've also bought the next size up. How clever is that of me. xx

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