Wednesday, March 28, 2007
MY MORNING
Get woken up by DH's alarm going off at 4am. Drop back off to sleep. 6am and DS1's alarm goes. Doze. 6.30 am DD crawls into bed and ask me to put cbeebies on. Have a cuddle and a chat. Alarm goes at 7am. Why do I bother to even set it? Get up and wake up Josh and Ben. Sort out clothes for DD and me. Call Josh and Ben. Shower and hairwash with DD. Ritual nit check. Wrap DD in towel. I dress. Then I dress DD, she couldn't do it on her own. No time to pretty her hair so a ponytail will have to do. Take DD downstairs. Sort out breakfast for her. Clean and refill Goodsphere. Shout at Josh and Ben to shift themselves, Mum can I have some money. No. Okay, I'm off to school. Only 7.30, but somehow he'll still manage to be late for tutor. Collect washing scattered around the house. Empty washing machine. Hang clothes. Clean DD. Packed lunches for 3. Ben, have you taken your tablet? Mum I need this form filling in. Ok, when does it have to be in by? Today. Mutter under breath. 3 forms and a cheque to complete in 5 mins. Adam knocks. Could you get Ben's bike out hunny to save time? He's like an extra son, but helpful! Clean table. Coat on DD. Bus arrives for her. Ben and Adam leave. Ben and Adam come back. Ben forgot PE kit. Find kit. Ben and Adam leave. Josh wants a lift to school. Take to school. Come home. Collect washing up scattered around the house. Fill dishwasher. Wash a few bits by hand. Sort out recycling. Put kettle on - at last. Fill washing machine. Check upstairs, windows shut, loos flushed, computers and lights off, beds made and curtains open. Make cuppa and bowl of porridge. Have my breakfast while I check online banking and the Pad. Reply to emails. Sort out post. Go to work and it's still only 9.15am.

KIDS MORNING
Roll out of bed. Dress. Eat. Watch tv. Play on computer. Go to school.

SUMMARY
Can I be a child again please!
Monday, March 26, 2007
Football, football, football. Another weekend, must be football. Too tired for anything so sleep. Sadly during the England-Italy Under 21's, which was pretty good. Had tried to get tickets to go see it, but was unlucky. Should have fallen asleep during the England-Israel game. Yawn making. Supposed to go out with a couple of girlfriends. I couldn't even get dressed today, let alone get dressed up to go out on the razz. Clocks go forward, like I haven't lost enough sleep this week. Not helped by DS1 going out with girlfriend to celebrate her birthday. Don't wait up mum I've got a key. You're 15, I don't think so. Half past one he sneaks in, explains why he didn't want me staying up. Now..punishment.. Find bath paints in DD's bedroom, so DH uses them with her at bathtime. Glad he got to bath her. Thought I'd give my bedroom a blitz. You know what thought did. So not a good idea. Still cleared away some very old nail polish- my God, did I ever wear some of those colours! And some contact lenses which expired in 2004. Could be the reason my eyes keep getting bloodshot. Three carrier bags later I'm quite proud of myself. Well, sort of, cos let's be honest all that crap should be cleared out regularly. And then Monday and back at work. We have a Starbucks just opened :) so anyone that want's a coffee, and you're in Ascot, count me in :)

Highlight of the weekend - had to be DS1 getting a red card at footy. He is indignant. DH says it should have been a yellow. Other dads advise DH they had a sweepstake as to when DS1 would get a red card, and the absolutely outside bet was Under 12's, not Under 15's! So what does that tell you? I am so proud of him. Not cos he received a red card, but because her has only just received one. Not bad for a teenager with ADHD :)
Friday, March 23, 2007
Oops! I did it again, or rather didn't. Yet again. 1 half-term; 2 weeks of sickness; 3 trade fairs; 4 buying trips; and a partridge in a pear tree. And February came and went.

And now we're March. Weather still very British. Boys still playing football. DD still playing up. Me still running around like a blue ***** fly. Nothing changes except the name of the month.

Highlights since I last blogged:
  • Beths Crop. Got to spend the day with Anna. Met Beth and Jan again. And Maria for the first time. And some other peeps. And had a relaxing enjoyable day.
  • Continued to meet up with one of my closest friends who I lost touch with. Men, nuff said. Lots of drunken evenings have been spent. Luckily DH has always adored her so no problems with said drunken evenings.
  • Cinema with Joy. Saw Music and Lyrics. Okay, so the script was predictable and there were no special effects. But £6 to watch Hugh Grant wiggle his tush is money well spent in my books.
  • Scrapping with friends.
  • DD dressing up for Red Nose Day. In DH's England tee-shirt, belted at the middle with tights and cowboy boots. She met the criteria, Big, Red and Bling, but looked really trendy with it. Photo? Ahem, bad mummy. I'll have to dress her up again and pretend. Speaking of RND, one of the funniest in years.
  • Kirsty held a mini challenge on the Pad and you had to scrap your mess. I won, but rumour has it it wasn't the fantastic LO, it had more to do with the upturned table.

Lowlights. Err, money, goes without saying. And Ella waking me up at 5.30 most mornings. And money. And, let's not forget money.

So, not a bad time at the moment.