I love the weekends – two whole days to spend with my two little monkeys. This weekend, we had another not-quite-so-little monkey join us – Monty, the class toy. He’s almost as big as Jessica, who was very excited to be taking him home with her for the weekend. It was a good weekend to have Monty – we had plenty of activities planned and the girls loved bringing him along to them.
Friday evenings are very busy. There’s just enough time to get home from school and grab a snack before it’s time to head out for Jessica’s ballet class. We had a spare tutu and ballet cardigan and couldn’t resist dressing Monty up so he was ready to join in!
After ballet, Jessica has Girls’ Brigade. There’s not quite enough time to go home for tea so I always pack a picnic tea which we eat at church before Jessica gets changed into her Girls’ Brigade uniform. Jessica was delighted when Captain managed to find a spare polo shirt for Monty to wear and she drew a lovely picture of Monty at Girls’ Brigade.
We had just enough time for a quick game of Rain or Shine with Monty after getting home before it was time for bed.
Monty went to another ballet class on Saturday morning – this time though he was just watching Sophie dancing.
After ballet, we headed down to the New Forest for the Families of Ocean Ward Christmas party. This is one of my favourite events of the festive season – the chance to meet up with other heart families as well as getting to see Father Christmas. Jessica made a new friend at the party – another little girl with a similar heart condition. Two little miracles together, two little girls with half a heart – one the left side; the other the right. Seeing Jessica and her new friend having fun together was the highlight of the party for me.
Jessica might have made a new friend at the party, but Monty wasn’t forgotten about! He posed with the girls for a photo with Scotty the clown and got to meet Father Christmas too!
Sunday was a quieter day. Monty came to church with us and helped to keep Jessica and Sophie entertained while waiting for Mummy and Daddy to finish their concert rehearsal after church. Back home again, we finished off the weekend by playing some more board games together.
Jessica loved sticking all the photos of our weekend’s activities into Monty’s book and looking through all the photos of where Monty had been before he came to visit us. I quite enjoyed having three little monkeys this weekend and it was lovely to see how much Jessica enjoyed having Monty stay with us.