Looked after, family, and getting better.

1) I’ve been unwell over the last few days – “just a virus”, but it’s left me pretty weak and exhausted, and suffering from brain fog.  And, of course, this is the week when K is away the whole week with work.

This morning, I was woken by A and M bringing me a beautiful Get Well Soon card that they had made together when they woke up. I was then instructed to stay in bed, where breakfast was brought to me. Then they told me that they would walk to school on their own, so that I didn’t have to leave the house. How awesome are they?  I’m just so incredibly proud of them both 🙂 .

2) Mum and Dad picked up the kids after school and took them to their house, and they were delivered home to me after dinner by my brother. Thank you all very much!

2) After another day of doing not very much (but I did finish knitting my mystery knitting project shawl – it’s being blocked now!), by evening I realise that I have slightly more energy than I did earlier. I’m cautiously optimistic that I’m turning the corner and am on the mend…

Photocopier, helpful, and sleep-walker

1) To find out that the photocopier was able to copy both sides, and had a stapling function – before I started creating the eighty-two four page, double-sided booklets!

2) A has been exceptionally helpful today – not just doing his regular chores, but noticing other things which need to be done, and just quietly doing them. Very proud of my boy 🙂 .

3) As I was writing, a small purple (yes, she’s moved on from pink!) person appeared in the doorway. Not a word did she speak, just stumbled across the room, curled up on my lap, and cuddled in. We had a nice cuddle, and now Daddy has carried her back to bed.

Back, new project, and independence.

1) The restoration of some semblance of routine and normality this week, and to find I finally have some time to myself.

2) Choosing yarn for a new project, one that I’ve been requested to knit. I’ve been imagining how lovely the new project will be (such a gorgeous colour and texture!), and now I can’t wait for the yarn to arrive now so that I can cast on and get started 🙂 .

3) A was off school today (thankfully he seems to be on the mend now), so M had to take a bit more responsibility as I couldn’t walk her home from school as normal – “I can walk all the way home on my own if you want, Mummy”. I didn’t feel that today was the day to ask that of her, but I did ask her to walk to just beyond her friend’s house.

At home time, I parked the car just beyond the house, and could watch M and her friend walking towards me from a distance. They appeared to have a lovely time chatting and I was able to watch her observe the road rules perfectly, without her knowing I was watching. She loved that little bit of independence, and I’m proud that she proved herself worthy of my trust in her 🙂 .

Fixed, wave, and not wet.

1) K arrived home and disappeared for a while. Later on, I noticed that the broken hinge on my lap top had been repaired 🙂 . Thanks K!

2) A cheery wave as a friend drives past in their car.

3) I had to take the car up to school this afternoon (I had to bring some heavy items home), and I was able to park very close to the entrance. Later on, when it was time to go home, I was doubly glad when the kids and I went out to discover a torrential downpour!

Time, stretching, and missing Daddy.

1) This morning was the first “normal” morning that I’ve had in the last three weeks. It was good – I was able to get on top of the housework, and even found a little time to knit 🙂 .

2) I went to Pilates this afternoon, having missed last week because A was off school. It was hard work, but it felt so good to stretch and work the kinks out!

3) The kids have been super-good all week, but they are really missing their daddy, and there were tears from both before bedtime. So, cuddles and prayers, and reminders that it’s only two more sleeps…

Loved, geography, and plum chutney.

1) I’m feeling tired and a bit drained after a busy morning, including a trip to the airport to drop K off, and I’ve developed a headache.  The kids take care of me though, sending me off to lie down and bringing me a cool pack to put over my eyes. I feel very loved.

2) Teaching the kids geography as we track K’s flight across the world. We spend time pouring over maps, figuring out which countries are where, and K’s possible flight path.

3) With gifts of plums from my Dad and from a friend, I spend the afternoon transforming 3.5kg of plums into plum chutney.  I use the recipe from the Edmonds Cookbook – an NZ cookbook that “every kiwi bride needs”, or so I was told when I was given it on my marriage to K!

Walk, homework, and chat.

1) I decide to take the time for a quick walk this morning, before getting on with the rest of the day. I’m glad that I did, the rest of the day was quite full on!

2) The house is silent as A and M diligently work away at their homework.

3) I pop over to deliver something to my parents. It was lovely being able to spend time with them both away from the demands of everyone else 🙂 .

Restoring order, working hard, and growing up.

1) I realise I’m probably in a minority here, but part of me loves Monday mornings – a time to catch up, clean up, tidy up.

2) Thanks in part to the kids working hard to get ahead on their chores this evening, the house is now fairly clean and tidy, laundry done, packed lunches made, and I feel ready for my evening, and my week.

3) A struggles a little with a part of his homework this afternoon – a situation which, six months ago, would have reduced him to tears. He battles on however and, a little while later, finds the solution himself. He’s growing up. 🙂

Bargain, trustworthy, and homework.

1) When you arrive at the till and discover that the item you planned to buy is actually half the marked price. That. 🙂

2)  A migraine descends and my vision goes weird. I’m very grateful to have two responsible children as I have retire to my bed for a while to await the effects of the drugs kicking in.

3) Once a month, the children are requested to perform a “resilience” task as part of their homework. The concept behind this seems to be to encourage them to become more independent.

Today, after serious discussion, we decided that their task would be to walk to the shop together (about a ten minute walk) and then to buy a packet of biscuits (we didn’t need bread or milk!). This was all timed to coincide with K walking past the shop on his way back from the train, and then they would all walk home together.

It was all good, until they got to the shop and discovered it was closed owing to a power failure! Still, given another of the “resilience” tasks is “coping with frustrating situations”, and we figured they’d handled the whole thing extremely well, I think we can safely mark that particular piece of homework as “done” 🙂 .

Safe, wind, and no complaints,

1) To receive a text from K saying that he had safely landed in London.

2) To lean into the wind and feel it pushing me upright again.

3) I left home with blue skies around me. By the time I reached school ten minutes later, the rain was whipping around me, the sky dark grey, and the gusts of wind were so strong I nearly lost my hat. However, neither child complained about the weather the whole way home.