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.
This has been a funny old week. Some real highs and a few lows. I’m so physically tired I’ve made myself ill, so I enforced a day of rest upon myself and feel a million times better, just stressed about the growing to do list. It’s hard to find a balance between being happy that I’m on top of things without making myself ill because I’m exhausted.
Here are my top ten moments from the last 7 days:
1 – We woke up to a sprinkling of snow wednesday morning. Enough to fill the child with glee. He got ready for school in record time and went outside for a quick play.
2 – I had a lovely walk and cleared my head a bit. Not long, but long enough to feel the benefit of it.
3 – After running home, making a snow angel and getting absolutely soaked we popped off to our local McDonald’s for tea with L’s grandparents. He was very excited to see them as he doesn’t get to spend as much time with them anymore and misses them.
4 – L is on a roll at school, not even a week after receiving his KS1 Merit Award he received a school Values Award for perseverance. He has been trying so hard with his writing and getting frustrated when things don;t go as well as he thinks they should but has kept at it. Needless to say I was super proud again.
5 – Saturday morning the three of us popped out for a quick walk. Three miles and a lot of mud later we were home. It was a great way to start the day and nice to share some of the longer walks I have been doing with husb.
6 – Sunday we did very little, L was tired and I had run out of energy as well. So we stayed at home and I got some crafting done whilst L watched a bit of TV and played a few games. But the best bit was cuddling up together to share some popcorn and watch a few episodes of King Julien. It was a very, very good cuddle.
7 – Monday morning I awoke to a small child in the bed next to me. He’d snuck in during the night and made himself comfy. Not his daddy, who gave up and left for work at 5am, oops. L actually slept though, at nearly 8am I had to wake him up so we could make it to school on time. Even if he did pull the covers back over his head and ask for a few more minutes!
8 – Monday night was Gin Night. The girls came over and we had pizza and gin and all the chat. It was so much fun and something we all needed, each of us have been going through very different things recently, so it was nice to have some down time to vent!
9 – L was very excited to wake up Tuesday morning and find that his girls had slept over for the night and were going to walk him to school. It was lovely watching him show them the way and just being so happy. It also meant I got to keep them for a bit, so we had a lazy breakfast before they headed off home.
10 – After a bit of a hiccup at school, where I had managed to not see the tiny one paragraph notice about parent teacher meetings, the forms in the office area that I never need to go to or the notice hidden by the bike sheds (not that I’m annoyed about the communications at all) I managed to grab the last slot. It was nice to get to hear about how L has been doing from his teacher. He’s been making really good progress, better than I had perhaps given him credit for. It was worth the stress and the hassle and the last minute change of plans to my day, sorry Kim for missing lunch!! It also meant I got to take him home 20 minutes early which was very exciting for me as I do really miss having him about during the day.
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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