We’ve been enjoying quality time as a family and with friends over the last week. Last Friday’s snow day meant I got to enjoy an extra day with Sophie at home. We had so much fun out in the snow building a family of snowmen and making a colourful igloo.
One of my Christmas gifts to hubby was a box containing one or two envelopes for each month of the year. The contents of the envelopes are all about spending time together. Each contains a note or an object relating to an activity that we are going to do that month. At the end of each month, he opens the envelope for the next month to find out what I have planned for us to do.
February’s activity was a family board games evening. On Saturday, we sat round the table together with pizza and nibbles and spent several hours playing lots of different games. There were classics from our childhood, such as Ghost Castle and Guess Who? and more recent favourites such as the Magic Cauldron Game. It was so lovely just to have that focused time having fun together. We had party music playing in the background and also ended up teaching Sophie the YMCA dance which was great fun.
One of our friends from our university days came over for dinner on Monday night. It was so nice to spend the evening with him and have a catch up. Sophie also enjoyed spending time with one of her friends this week and having a play date together.
I’m making more of a conscious effort to be gentle with myself and slow down at the moment. It is lovely just to stop and enjoy the snuggles with Thomas and remind myself that the to-do list can usually wait and one day I will miss the opportunity to just sit there and cuddle.
I also took some daffodils up to GreenAcres this week and spent some quiet time talking to Jessica and singing some of her favourite songs to her.
Things that have made me smile this week
- Thomas enjoying his first ride in a supermarket trolley.
- Sophie teaching me how to do yoga.
- Thomas being at the table for meals and the way he opens his mouth like a little bird when he sees the spoon coming towards him.
- The way Thomas snuggles into me when I cuddle him.
- Sophie having a go on Daddy’s trumpet and managing to get a few notes out of it.
- Sophie making Thomas laugh.
- Thomas’s fascination with his feet.
- Hearing “you’re Jessica’s mum, aren’t you?” from someone at school – it means so much whenever someone talks about Jessica without any prompting from me. I will always be Jessica’s mum but to be reminded that I am still Jessica’s mum in the eyes of others is a precious gift.