This weekend was our last couple of days before Sean heads back to work tomorrow and it actually turned out to be a fairly productive one. SATURDAY It was my sisters birthday on Saturday and and we had all the best intentions of getting up […]
Category: Weekend Blogs
Four whole weekends have passed since I started this little ‘series’ and this is only my second installment… oops. However, with lots of lovely Christmassy things planned for the weekends during December The Weekend Blog should become a more regular thing. This weekend will be […]
I’ve been meaning to start writing these little weekly weekend posts for a while. I had thought about doing weekend vlogs but I’m rubbish at filming out and about so I thought maybe a blog alternative might be a nice little to way to record some of the things we get up to each weekend and capture some memories.
We’ve had an unusually busy weekend actually, probably what’s given me the push to write everything down and make sure I remember it!
Our weekend started on Friday with a little fashionably late Halloween party that me and my Sister-in-law threw for Florence and her little cousins & friends at Sean’s parents house. Never one to do things by halves, I spent the day making a spooky feast and setting up games and such for the children to play. We had a glow in the dark treasure hunt, a witches brew messy play tuff spot (which the kids LOVED!), some sensory play bits for the babies as well as fireworks and all sorts. Florence wore the cutest little ghost outfit and it was so lovely to see her get to play and interact with the other littles – even if she might need a bit of sharing practice still! She absolutely loves playing to a crowd and thrives around people so despite being exhausted she just carried on partying until the very last person left, helping herself to food and cakes and crisps whenever the moment took her. Every time we saw her she had something else to eat in her hand! I also got some baby squidges in with our friend’s 11 week old who is just scrumptious.
Despite it feeling like it was at least midnight by the time we’d cleared up and left, we were all back home and in our pj’s by 8.30. I’ve decided we should throw a party for Florence every afternoon as it only took 20 minutes to get her to sleep. I took advantage and had myself an early night.
There was no lay-in on the agenda for Saturday morning. Florence and the dogs were awake and ready to play at 7am. We left Sean in bed and came down to make breakfast and snuggle under blankets in front of Peter Rabbit. The mornings are so cold now, winter is definitely on its way.
After breakfast, I let Florence play with some of the toys we’ve been sent to review ahead of Christmas. I’m actually going to wrap them back up and give them to her as gifts, but it was lovely to watch her play and work out how each of the things worked. How is it that toddlers just instinctively know how to do certain things? She spent an age banging her other toys with her hammer & twisting the screwdriver pretending to screw the bits together.
Sean had to go out and look at a job mid morning, so we carried on playing with the company of my sister until Florence was ready for her nap. Determined not to waste the child free hour, I’d planned to get a bunch of housework and blogging done while she was asleep but as happens so often at nap time these day, I fell asleep with her! I woke in a panic an hour and a half later realising that I’d agreed to meet my friend Helena who was home from London for the weekend in around 40 minutes and I still had to get Florence up and ready! We met her at a park we used to mill about in as teenagers and let Florence loose in the play area while Sean did laps of the park with Alfie. Anyone else love how simple things entertain toddlers for ages? She spent the majority of the time going back and forth on the little bridge meeting us at either end. She’d created quite the little game.
It was so nice to properly catch up and chat with Hele as we made our way through the treetop walk & the rest of the park. I’m not sure we’ve seen each other properly since Christmas last year and so to be able to just pick up where we left off as though no time had passed goes to show that true friendship never really fades.
We came back home to warm up and have tea before getting ready to go back out to another friend’s birthday gathering. I’m the first and only one of our friendship group to have any children so I don’t always make it to these things but it was fairly low key and child friendly so Florence donned her pretty party skirt and off we went – armed with a million glow sticks and cars which are the new ‘toys’ of choice. It felt so good to have everyone back together and hear everyone’s news. Florence had the best time too and made some little friends who she seemed to play with for most of the night. She even managed to share her cars and glow sticks! HUGE steps for someone who usually avoids other children at all costs! I sat absolutely full of pride watching her run around. Sadly (I think!) we had to leave before the karaoke started as she had emptied the bag of nappies at home without us knowing & had pooped! Oh the glam life of a Mama.
I think all of the partying of the last couple of days wore Florence out and while she woke up at 7.30am she wasn’t much up to doing anything other than snuggling up under a blanket and watching a movie. She did manage to nab a chocolate biscuit from Nanny though. We watched Babe in our pyjamas until she dozed back off for about half an hour.
Florence went out to the shops with my mum on a cake run and Sean went for a run so I managed to get a few bits done around the house that I’ve been meaning to get done all week this afternoon. Just things like finding a place for all of the wedding bits from last weekend and giving Florence’s bedroom a once over. I’ve reorganised the toys in her room and finally cleared some space so she can actually play in there too. You know the stuff that just builds up but ends up at the bottom of the list?
Having had nowhere near enough sleep, Florence was flagging by 3pm and so her and Sean sat and did some colouring before a quick trip out to the park for some fresh air was in order.
Sean and I cooked a roast for everyone and then we all sat and now with full bellies we are all about to sit down and watch Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part II. Sunday evenings are always a bit different and we usually let Florence cuddle up and fall asleep on us while we watch a movie or catch up on some tv as a family. Fingers crossed the same happens tonight as I am pooped! AND I have to wait ’til she’s asleep before I can open the Snickers Ice cream…
Happy Sunday lovelies, I hope you’ve had as good and as busy weekend as we have!