I’ve lost my sparkle this week. It’s not been a bad week overall – there’s been plenty of happy moments in it – but one or two smaller negative moments have left more of an impression than perhaps they really should have done. It’s tiredness that has sapped the colour from the week and left me feeling grumpy and flat. Tiredness that has made me realise that I need to stop for a while and make time to rest, to just sit and cuddle my girls and ignore the to-do list, to remind myself of what is really important. I’ve started to say no to things and step away from situations that were doing little more than sapping my time and energy. Yes, there are many things that need doing but they can wait a little longer. I need to stop and recharge my batteries and then I will have the energy to focus on them.
Out and About
We had a lovely weekend staying with my mum and visiting the family. It was my brother’s birthday so we had a barbecue at his house, where Jessica and Sophie got to spend time with some of their cousins, and we also enjoyed spending an afternoon with Auntie Fizz.
We visited H and E, Jessica’s two best friends from preschool, for a playdate and had a lovely time.
We also spent an afternoon at Grandma’s house and Jessica and Sophie had a wonderful time exploring the garden. They found some birds eggs that the baby birds had hatched out of, helped Grandma pick the first of the gooseberries, spotted a couple of ladybirds on one of the apple trees and discovered just why Mummy says to stay away from the stinging nettles! They were also quite fascinated to see Grandad sitting on the roof of the garage as he was busy putting tiles on.
Fun at home
We’ve not had a lot of time at home this week having been out and about making the most of the weather starting to warm up but we did do a couple more sea-themed crafts at the beginning of the week.
Jessica had an afternoon of feeling a bit unwell with a bit of a temperature and just wanted to sit on my lap and snuggle so the girls and I had a lazy afternoon watching Tweenies DVDs. It was the first time in ages that Jessica has fallen asleep in my arms and while I was sorry that she wasn’t feeling well, I have to admit I enjoyed the snuggles.
Time for me
I managed to get as far as drawing out the pattern for a summer hat for the girls, cutting out the fabric and getting a little bit of advice with the best way to go about making it up whilst at church craft club this week. It wasn’t time on my own – but the girls were occupied long enough for me to at least get that far on a craft project for myself.
On the blog
I was chuffed to see that my Sideshow guest post was no.5 in the top 5 Slideshow Acts chart over at Welcome to my Circus.
The Father’s Day 2015 linky remains open throughout June so if you have any Father’s Day posts you’d like to link up, I’d love to read them!
My happiest moment
Seeing the look of pure joy on Jessica’s and Sophie’s faces as they spotted Daddy coming through the arrivals gate at the airport on Monday. Jessica’s delighted cry of “Daddy! Daddy! It’s my daddy!” as she ran to give him the biggest hug ever was heart-melting. If Sophie hadn’t been in the carrier, I know she would have done the same – as it was there was a lot of excited wriggling and shouts of “Daddy! Daddy!”
Next week I would like to
Ignore the to-do list a little more and enjoy the little moments instead.