Once we know it’s Friday, something appears in the air that makes us feel so glad that the weekend is finally here. Not that we’re wishing the week away or making the most of each day and all that but for me, it’s the knowing that for a couple of days, there are no structured plans, no time limits, and this means more time for them to play, get creative, and to spend with us. Their Daddy sometimes works Saturday mornings, and has football in the afternoons, so this leaves me thinking what we can do to occupy some time (usually the days when they’re asking what to do, or saying they’re a bit bored – it’s funny how as an adult you see quiet time as blissful, yet we probably were all the same as kids, striving to fill up all the time with play, activities, and adventures!).So if we’re not off out on a trip to the park, adventure of some sort or a day out we will either go to Grampy’s for a play (and to get a chocolate treat!) you’ll usually find us making the most of being at home. Now it’s obviously not always plain sailing as kids will be kids, sometimes days don’t go to plan with regards to them being happy or not arguing, but on the most part, they enjoy a bit of ‘down time’ in their own territory, with endless access to the craft cupboard, playroom, kitchen, garden and usually a bit of DVD time.
Last weekend Phoenix wasn’t feeling too well, so he had a snuggle & went for a much needed lay down. It’s takes a lot for that little dude to just give in and recharge but he did it and felt much better for it in the end. At the same time, Élodie went for a nap and it seemed like a perfect opportunity to have a little play with my big girls without distraction. We were recently sent a kit from Aquabeads
, to have a little party and share our creations, we wanted to have a bigger party inviting friends around but as little Phoenix wasn’t feeling too great, we stuck with making our own at home. This included bunting, balloons, and we made some cake too! When Phoenix woke up that little bit brighter, he wanted to join in and was itching to make a racing car bead. This set is really cool actually as it give them a guide to design and make but also enables them to use their imagination and create anything.
Yves made up her own baby chick, snails & sweets, Halle loved making some flowers with stems, sweets & snails and you can see phoenix’s racing car he made with mummy along with some other lovely creations.
Now we love a bit of messy play in our house, but sometimes the tidying up isn’t what I want on my list along with the mess I’m already tidying up so the good things about these is that you don’t need glue, you simply place your design and when completed spray with water and leave for an hour or so for it to set – easy as that! You can see the whole selection on the website.
Usually it’s all of us having a part in the play, or they play together while I’m feeding (sometimes bickering!) or I’m finding myself trying to juggle the play on all four levels but usually it goes okay! The past year or so I have found it hard to adjust to having a school girl, and more recently two school girls, emotionally more so but the practicalities of not seeing them as much is a change and I miss them lots. Of course I am loving spending some quality time with my little two, but it’s only natural to miss my big girls and this makes the weekends so much more special. A time to make the most that little bit more, especially as the weekday evenings tend to whizz by in an instant, fitting it stories, home work and after school activities.
Weekends are definitely welcomed, family time, and no plans to stick to!
*Thank you to Aquabeads for sending us a great kit 🙂