For my birthday a couple of years ago I was given a great book ‘Calm’ and a journal from my friends. To help me find some calm in my life and to de-stress a little. I have been writing in my journal everyday since and on Wednesday’s (or late on a Tuesday) I go through the daily highlights I’ve written down and pick out my 10 favourites.
I am loving this weather! It’s so gorgeous. OK we have had to retreat indoors on a couple of occasions and L is consuming more ice cream than I would ideally like but we are having so much fun and can actually make plans that involve the outdoors!
Here are my top ten moments from the last 7 days:
- L had his second and final school session before term starts in September. This time he actually let me leave, though he was sobbing so hard my shirt was actually see through due to the tears. I had a little cry myself at home but as I suspected when I picked him he had enjoyed himself and coped just fine. Such a relief.
- As L had been so good about going to school despite being scared I spent the whole afternoon spoiling him rotten and it did both of us good. I treated to him to some new toys, he picked a bus and a lorry. Then I was going to take him out to lunch but he decided he just wanted to go home, so instead we nipped to the supermarket and I let him pick whatever he wanted, that was a pepperoni pizza, raspberry donuts and a capri sun. It was just nice spoiling him. I enjoyed it, he enjoyed it and it does no harm every now and then.
- Friday night L had his first sleepover at a friends house. It was lovely. It also meant us grown ups all got to have a takeaway and talk after the kids were asleep. It was lovely to actually have a night out, both of us, with other adults and not have to stress about arranging grandparents or anyone else look after him. It was just lovely. Plus we got to go home to a child free house, always a treat.
- Now I don’t want anyone to be too jealous but I had an actual lie in. Without the child at home I enjoyed some real sleep. I woke as usual just before 6am but then I closed my eyes and slept until 8am. Sheer bliss. Honestly I think that may have been the highlight of my year not just the week! Obviously I paid for it once we picked up the overtired child but that was a horror not to be dwelled upon, instead I shall just remember the blissful sleep.
- Spending the day in Cambridge for a #RailAdventure with Greater Anglia. We didn’t do much, just walked and had some lunch. It was rather nice to not have any plans though, completely stress free and just enjoyable.
- I had a super productive Monday morning which always makes me feel calm. Great nursery drop off. Blog post written. Cancelled our BT Broadband and sorted out a new provider which has actually made me incredibly happy. Not only am I saving £15 a month but I won’t have to deal with BT anymore and they have been a nightmare, it had got the stage where we couldn’t even be bothered to complain about the broadband being down, it happened so frequently but never ever got fixed. Cannot wait to be rid of them.
- Monday continued to be productive even after the kid came home. He helped me defrost our fridge/freezer ready for the new one to be delivered and helped husb re-point the patio. Such a helpful boy. Then our glorious new fridge/freezer was delivered and fitted and now we have cold food once again. The guys who fitted it were fab and worth every penny, they had it fitted, door hinges swapped and made safe a dodgy bit of wiring in a little over an hour, as well as taking away the old appliance. Worth every penny to get that service and it’s not often I’ll say that about something so expensive, so hooray to Curry’s and Team KnowHow, you saved us.
- Going to view what was potentially my dream house. Yes I know we are about to get an extension but finding builders is proving difficult so in a fit of annoyance I took to rightmove and found a 500 year old thatched cottage in the village that looked perfect. Mentally moved into it and declared it my dream home. Husb kindly humoured me with a viewing, he is secretly frustrated with the builder situation as well. The house is beautiful, brilliant location, garden office, 3 bedrooms, kitchen/diner, open fire and just within our budget. An Instagrammable dream. I really did like it actually and could see us living there, but the garden was too small and so was the kitchen, plus I’m not a fan of the neighbours who we just happen to know. So not the dream I was hoping for. I’m still glad we went to look, I’ve got it out of my system now.
- Managing to combine L’s slide with the paddling pool. Enough said. Just brilliant hot weather fun.
- Spending the day alternating between garden and house, balancing the need to have fun and enjoy the weather and trying not to actually melt. I even popped our little sun tent up so L had some respite from the sun. It’s just been nice chilling out at home and making the most fo the weather, I did draw the line at a walk today, I didn’t fancy trotting through the fields with no shade in 30+ heat.
I’m really glad I write down a few positives from each day and then go back through them each week. It helps keep me focused, calm and therefore happy. It is also a great way to keep a note of the things we’ve done.
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