I have a bit of time to myself this weekend. Jo and Leo are visiting Nana Lesley and Grandad Alan in Wigan. The older two are away this weekend too. I’m not quite sure what to do!
I could go out with my pals, have a curry and a few pints. Or stay in all day, in my pjs and play on the playstation. I could watch films on TV that Jo hates- anything sci-fi. I can stay up as late as I want as there are no children to look after…
In reality, this is what I’ll do- I’ll catch up on my OFSTED paperwork, I’ll plan next weeks menu, I’ll fix the chicken coop, I’l finish wallpapering the kitchen and I’ll miss the kids enormously, because truth be told, I don’t really know what to do when the house is empty.
Today was Jasmine’s birthday, and it started rather later than expected as all three kids (plus one as Jasmine had a friend sleeping over) didn’t wake up until 8am! Thank you kids!
We have a tradition on birthdays of ‘birthday breakfast’. Jasmine chose homemade pancakes, with squirty cream, chocolate sauce, smarties and mini-mallows. Not something I’d ever usually allow, but that is the point of the birthday breakfast. Presents were opened and much appreciated.
Then the kids presented me with my Father’s Day present of a hamper of delicious treats- cider, cheese, chutney, fudge…
A quick trip to the park, where the over-excited sugar saturated troop woke up the neighbourhood with their shrieking and giggling. Then off for lunch at a new pub nearby.
The place was full of families treating Dads, but there was also an obvious number of weekend Dads. Couldn’t help but think of all the Dads I know who do not see as much of their children as they should/could. Some Dads don’t put the effort in and others just can’t get past Mums who don’t see that a father’s influence is valuable.
I’m grateful for my children every day. Even when they are over-excited, over-tired and sticky with chocolate 🙂