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Me too, CM. Kit was a star in their school Christmas production and hubby and I had a nightmare making a star top for him. All it was was a black long-sleeved t-shirt with some star shapes on it, but all I could find in John Lewis was some silver fabric that was just an absolute disaster to work with - the minute you cut it, it started to fray. We couldn't even cut star shapes out of it and hem them because it just kept unravelling. In the end I made start templates out of card, we cut the fabric large enough to fit and with some overlap, then hubby used Wunderweb to stick the fabric to the card, then more Wunderweb to attach the stars to the top. It all looked great in the end but was such a labour of love - we were up until well past midnight getting it done because we were told on the Thursday (the dress rehearsal was the following Monday) that all the stars costumes had to be ready for Friday for some reason - talk about short notice! Bad enough for the non-working parents but for those of us at work until 7pm on Thursdays not so great! After all that we discovered that lots of the kids just had stars made from foil stuck on their tops so ours was by no means the worst, but we had visions of all these perfect costumes and ours looking distinctly home-made!
Happy St David's day to all the Welsh folk!
Have had quite a productive morning. Gave up on work and booked it as a day's leave, then decided to blitz Kit's room and clear out some old toys to make room for the new stuff he's had for his birthday. Rang the children's ward at the hospital where he had his stitches and they were delighted with an offer of some toys (all in perfect condition, just outgrown) so we've sorted out two boxfuls of toys for them. I've found a,load of old plastic tubs in the kitchen that don't get used much and have sorted Kit's Lego into various categories (City, Star Wars etc) so we can keep it all in the containers rather than in the original boxes which are falling to bits. So have chucked out the original boxes which has freed up loads of space - feeling very happy, obviously appeals to my anal side to have everything tidy and in order!
I get up at 7 to get out by 7.45 but confess it's usually more like 7.53! I do have 2 kids though - Lou and Andy!
Got to go to ballet now. Just as madam finally starts to play nicely. Natch.
normal days I need to be up at 7am to get the 3 girls ready and walk the 2 bigger ones to school or cycle. Although C is normally up 5.30-6am anyway and normally dressed by then! Days I work if its on a week day up at 5.40am, yuk. I leave at 6.30am and hubby leaves at 7am with the 3 girls and drops the 2 bigger ones at his dad along the road and M at nursery 35 min drive away. It has to be run like clockwork!!
Well done caro on your productive day and LOL to BF whilst wandering about speaking to the man, ha ha ha, great multi tasking. Men could certaily never do that!!! And WOW to a 6hr stint of sleeping, lucky you!!!
Enjoy ballet EF!!!!
Need to go and sort dinner out now as homework is done. Think I'm going to run out the door when hubby gets in and do my 4 or 5 miles before M's bedtime. Wee minx still gets fed at night!!!!
gosh your morning routines are quite phenomenal!
i think i have just blagged myself a sofa for £50. it doesn't look great and i wouldn't choose it, but it's a sofa. i need to store it somewhere now - my garage!! and i need to get it in there, which is going to be a challenge. but hopefully it is manageable...
OMG - the lady that is selling me the sofa for £50 has just been round with bags of clothes. there are two big bin bags of dressing up dresses. E is going to die upwards when she sees them... and i am NEVER going to get her to wear anything else ever again. look out on facebook for the outfits over the weekend!
i am not sure if you remember the mum i posted about who was acting very oddly; said she had had a miscarriage and then dumped her kids with me and swanned back 2 hours later looking fine? well ... she texted me at the weekend to say she was house-hunting. i asked whether she was ok. well - turns out, she's not. her husband (they only married in the summer, and she had only moved down from scotland last easter with her 2 kids to be with this bloke - not the kids' father) has been violent, so she is leaving him.
anyway - she asked if anyone wanted a sofa, and, well, i do! so i am going to have it off her. but she is clearing out wardrobes as well and has given me tonnes of clothes for E. i feel very sorry for the kids; i already had concerns about the way the little girl was being treated. hopefully if she gets out of this abusive marriage, she can focus on the kids again. poor things...
Sonya - agree with JT it gets much easier once they bath together. I usually get L out first and dry/dress her on the bathroom floor so I can watch N and then get hm out. N will 'help' me put L to bed after first story (which we do on his bed) and then me & him have second story and bed (all done by 7pm on a good day).
JT - I have children who lie in quite often - just makes you feel guilty when you have to wake them cos you need to go to work! On my non work days though we sometimes all snoze til 8 -830!
Our morning routine is manic, as I think I have posted before, and varies from day to day! Friday is the worst for me as I am up at 5:50am and on the train by 7:00am. If Kit would wait until after he and hubby have dropped me at the station for his breakfast it would make the whole thing a lot easier, but of course he wants his breakfast when I have mine ...
Having had an eye infection in both eyes over the weekend which I thought I'd got rid of, my left eye today has been really irritating and incredibly puffy. Maybe a reaction to the Brolene drops, or maybe a delayed reaction to the fact that I accidentally attempted to take mascara off last night with skin toner instead of eye make-up remover (well, it was post-run and I wanted my dinner so was rushing and not paying attention!)
Kit's in bed and has been hacking for the past 30 minutes almost non-stop, poor little soul. Was really hoping he would get a decent night tonight, although he's been remarkably chirpy today considering last night's lack of sleep. Had a nice afternoon playing with him in the garden, which was lovely as we don't get much time together now he's at school. Know how you feel, JT - Kit never lies in; 6:30am is the best we get even at the weekend ... not his fault, as we get up at 6:30am every other day so his body is just conditioned to waking up at that time. Not that there's any chance of a lie-in anyway, what with hubby rowing at sparrow's fart on a Saturday morning and me running early doors on Sundays!
Joh - may just be a growth spurt so he's feeding more right now, hope you manage to get some decent sleep again soon though.
Caro - I occasionally get a Saturday lie in too but again I feel guilty about that as Saturday is the only day of the week I get to have breakfast with the girls as work all week and run first thing Sunday - damn you working mum guilt! And sorry to hear about hubby's godfather - very sad.
Sonya - so what kind of stuff is Maggie doing that's naughty? Do you think it's just an attention thing maybe because of having to share you with Rosie now? I'm not sure at just 2 that they really understand the concept of punishment so I'd stick to some firm "NO"s rather than taking toys away or the like ... also, she looks like a little angel from the FB piccies so I'm sure she can't be that bad, can she?
TT - meant to say before, hope you're okay (()).
Our bedtime routine is that we split the kids so one of us takes Anna and Lily and the other does Issie. The 2 little ones bath together and depending on how scummy the water gets Lily either jumps in the water after them or goes up for a shower using our bathroom. So we then get the 2 little ones to bed doing one each and then whoever puts Anna to bed then does Lily. Doing all 3 solo is a bit challenging sometimes, although to be fair, Lily is at an age now where she can pretty much sort herself out so it's just the story and bedtime chat that she needs.
Minks - hope the eye infection clears up soon, sound nasty.
Hope everybody had a Happy St David's Day - I came home to find my husband had made his first ever batch of Welsh cakes which we demolished after dinner today, yum !