For a good year or so now we have dedicated one morning a week to spending time with my Mum. We both lead busy lives, I obviously work two days a week, the other two days are spent seeing friends or doing jobs, and we found that if we have a day of the week where we see each other then we were less likely to cancel plans. That day is on a Monday.
For most people Monday is the start of the working week, or if you don't work then it is the first day after the weekend- traditionally Monday is not really a day to particularly look forward to. But I look forward to it every week and it is actually one of my favourite days. The girls absolutely love their Grandma to pieces and I love that we have a little routine and structure in place. Before Christmas, we often went out and about on a Monday- whether that would be running errands in town, out shopping and for a cake, or to the garden centre for lunch and to see the animals. While this was lovely, my Mum and I found that we were spending lots of money when to be honest we all would be equally happy just to hang out at home.
Therefore since Christmas we have spent the majority of Monday morning's up at her house. She only lives less than five minutes away from me by car and has the most beautiful home, I definitely get my interior passion from her. Her home just makes me feel cosy and almost revert back to being my younger self again, even though I have never actually lived there. I usually bring my laptop and more often than not she will play with the girls while I sit at the dining room table (which looks on to their living room) and do the odd bit of work I need to do. The girls will get spoilt with Smarties (she seems to have an endless supply of them) and they will play or watch films whilst I chat to them all and get on with bits and bobs. I have also been known to take a load or two of washing up there and she will sit and do my ironing while we have lunch- she really is a Mummy in a million.
The girls love a good routine as much as I do- it's become a bit of a tradition to have a lunch of 'jammy sandwiches' for Mads and 'peanut butter toast' for LL, all washed down with far too strong juice. (how many times do I need to tell her to only put a couple of drops in?) I have a diet coke or two and my Mum cooks me a mean beans on toast, she jokes that it's like a cafe as she has to make three separate lunches. We then head off home about 1.30 for nap time at our house.
It is such a simple Monday, but for some reason the girls and I really look forward to it- in fact LL has started to realise when we are going up there and has taken to squealing in delight when we turn up her road. My Mum can drive me round the bend at times, probably cause we are so alike, but she really is the best in the world, and I am so lucky to have her. She helps me out so much and I am so grateful for that. I hope she loves our Monday mornings just as much as we do!
Some iPhone photos of last Monday...
Watching them snuggling together in the background whilst I did work.
Going to Grandma's is great because she has ridiculously unhealthy yoghurts that I won't let them have at home. ;)
This week was very exciting because her other Grandpa and Nana got Mads some Sylvanian Families bits for Christmas, and it was the first time we had got them out to play with. Because Mads has her birthday on Christmas Eve, it means that more often that not we stagger her presents so she doesn't get everything all at once. She absolutely loved them which pleased me no end because I loved mine as a child- I wish my Mum had kept them as I had lots.
Doing some drawing.
I love this photo of them- snuggling together and watching The Lion King.