This weekend Mr E has been away- on Friday he went up to Manchester for a long overdue ‘boy’s weekend’ with his old school friends. He doesn’t go away very often, so part of me was actually looking forward to a bit of time to myself in the evenings to relax, eat copious amounts of chocolate and watch what I want to on the television, while also having some quality time just myself and my little ladies.
For all the occasional hard days, for the most part they are pretty laid back and well behaved, especially as they thrive on a quiet pace of life and a weekend with not many plans. On Friday we had a play date with our besties, before snuggling down for the evening watching Christmas films. They both received a letter from Father Christmas and the look of excitement on Mads face when she listened to what he had written was just so sweet. When I went to bed and went into Mads room to kiss her good night, she just looked so peaceful and cute, that I picked her up still asleep and put her down in our bed. She never normally goes in our bed, in fact I can count on one hand the amount of times she has and it is normally because she is poorly, but I just couldn’t resist. It was lovely to have some company and to enjoy a night of one on one cuddles with my biggest girl, we snuggled all night long and at one point she whispered that ‘we are best friends forever’ which really made me emotional.
This year we have done nearly all of our Christmas shopping online with Paypal and it means that we have time to be able to do things like have lazy weekends baking, plus letting Mr E get a break for away for the weekend. I hate Christmas shopping, I am not good with crowds and I get stressed, so it’s great to be able to buy all our bits online with just the click of a button. On Saturday night I spent a lovely night snuggled up on the sofa and I did most of our present buying which was easy.
Then on Saturday we had a lazy morning which again was most welcome. We have a tradition in our house around Christmas time where we ‘make’ melted snowman biscuits. These little guys are so easy to make, even for me, both the girls love them, and especially love to decorate them. We decided to do this in the morning and we all had a great time together. I love how random things end up becoming little family traditions and both Mads and LL were so pleased making their snowmen. If you want to make them yourself it is incredibly easy- you just need some biscuits (or make your own if you are fancy), icing sugar and water to make the icing, white marshmallows, something for the buttons and edible decorative writing icing. Just put icing on the biscuit, stick your marshmallow on the top, wait for it to set and then decorate to your hearts content. Such a simple and easy idea for little ones and guaranteed to raise a Christmas smile.
Then in the afternoon we went over to Mads first ever nursery party, a joint one for two friends of hers which she was so excited about. She loved running around with her little chums and I loved watching her chatting away to people I hadn’t seen before. She also made sure she included her sister in everything and two people even commented to me on how sweet they were together as while they were playing Pass the Parcel they sat their with their arms round each other. They make me so proud of how they are together, although they are also fighting and having little arguments more each week!
Then today, Sunday, we are meeting our friends for a morning of soft play (at the weekend- we must be mad!) and a long overdue catch up before hopefully Mr E will be home in the afternoon sometime. While we would of course rather he was at home with us we have also enjoyed having some time just the three of us, and have hoped that Daddy has enjoyed some well deserved time off- he works so hard, working all day and then coming home and working most evenings, plus looking after us so well that he most definitely needs a break.
It wasn’t an entirely ordinary weekend in that one member of our team was missing, but it was ordinary, quiet and very much needed. And as I often say, it’s the ordinary moments that are sometimes the sweetest and make you realise just how lucky you are.