Happy Birthday Daddy! My husband turned 44 today. His birthday request was that we didn’t buy birthday cards and that he wanted us all to put into a contribution to pay for a years registration of Disney Plus.
Being the big Star Wars fan that he is, he is very much looking forward to the launch of Disney Plus UK on 24th March. He’s been intentionally avoiding any and all spoilers of The Mandalorian, and is literally counting down the days to the launch!
Keen to encourage the girls to be creative with their gifts for Peach, I asked them to make a birthday card each for him (and to save ourselves the potential extra cost of £12 for said cards). There was a little bit of disgruntle at the beginning, but they all took the task and made it their own. And it is lovely to see their individual creations 😍
I have found that present and gift ideas get harder the older we get. We tend to have an idea of what we would like to get ourselves, but for others we struggle. Also, having five kids; we often think of other ways the money on a gift for each other can be spent on either something for the girls or something in the house 🤦🏼♀️
I took the girls shopping at the weekend to pick a gift up each to give to Peach. They each had £5 to spend, and they did so wisely. They put their money together to treat him to a bottle of rum (I purchased 😉) and then bought him a little gift each of either his favourite snacks, sauce or chocolate.
Peach and I had a lovely lunch together at Tithe Barn in Cosby. And then this evening, we have had family round for a Ponchinello’s Pizza and an amazing homemade Biscoff Cheesecake 😍
Today I have had two of my tribe in a cooking mood. DM was keen to make pancakes for Auntie George. So this morning after a lovely cooked breakfast by Dominic, DM set to making everyone some pancakes. Thanks to her Uncle Alex, DM has now mastered the mix for pancakes and thoroughly enjoys making them.
Then we got home and Minion wanted to prepare dinner for our family night. Wednesday family night is always a vegetarian meal, as two of the aunties are vegetarians. Tonight’s meal is roasted vegetable lasagne. This is a meal that Minion has made before with Daddy and has now claimed as her meal and no-one else is allowed to make it. She made me giggle as she picked her sharp knife to cut the vegetables and counted her fingers. With pure admiration, I watched her carefully chop the vegetables, she did a few slices and then counted her fingers again, with the sound of a phew. 😂😂
We had a great afternoon at the cinema watching the new Doolittle movie and had an extra guest too. Rubels had a date with a male friend. He was so polite, well mannered and every bit a gentleman; offering to pay for her drinks and snacks and letting her choose where to sit 😍😍 They sat together in the VIP seats, while me and the rest of the girls sat the other side of the cinema, away from them both.
We got home to find that Daddy had finished the lasagne for us and it was ready for the sharing! 😋
We did the usual walk to school this morning, but DM practically ran the whole way there. She’s going through an independent stage at the moment. I say independent in the way that she knows what she wants to do and it’s not what I’m asking her to do! I ask her once and she ignores me, then I ask her again and she responds with “in a minute”, and it just goes on and on from there. Quite often ending with me getting cross and her having something taken off her. And that’s what happened this morning. I asked DM to get up; she didn’t want to. I asked her to get up by the time that I had got R&P up. I went in to her after getting R&P undressed and ready for their wash and she was sat reading (up out of bed which I thanked her for). I then asked her to get into the bathroom to get washed and she ignored me. I asked again and she said “I don’t want to”, I explained that we all have washes in the morning and she has an exciting school day ahead of her and yes, she still argued with me. In the end, I told her that she couldn’t scooter to school. Credit where credit’s due though, she kept up the normal pace all the way to school (1 1/2 miles) with only a couple of whinges of “I’m bored” Ruby still didn’t seem quite right this morning. After being at a friends house for 30 mins, her hands and feet still felt very cold to the touch. A visit to the doctors it was: she has either a virus or Scarlet Fever. The doctor suggested to air on the side of caution and has prescribed her penicillin. Bless, Ruby does look very sorry for herself. She was complaining of her mouth hurting when she was eating her lunch. I think the salt from the crisps were stinging her chapped lips. Penny seems to have come alive while Ruby has been poorly. It’s almost as if she feels the need to talk for two people. Penny is constantly telling me “my a good girl”. I spoke to Peach during the day and told him about my morning and I’m sure he thinks that I’m exaggerating DM’s behaviour. When he got home he went to talk to DM to find out if she was ok. However, what he didn’t notice was that the television was on. DM completely ignored him and when he did get her attention she was rude to him too. I know that it’s more likely to be a phase she’s going through and I know I’ve got another three little ladies to go through it with again, but right here, right now…. it’s tiring and emotionally draining. I question myself constantly; am I being too hard on her? is it something I’m doing? am I expecting too much?. I am conscious that her behaviour is constantly watched and copied by R&P, whether it’s good or bad. We had Auntie CarCar and Nanny Choochie Face join us for dinner tonight. The girls loved having them with us and Nanny seemed to enjoy spending time with them. It must seem like we’re constant noise, commotion and chaos in comparison to her days. We’re a family of 6: 2 adults and four children that range from the ages of 7 months to 5 years. Nanny is 94 years old, lives on her own and has one daughter who lives overseas. I wouldn’t be surprised if when we visit her, she feels we’re a whirlwind 😊 Ashleigh showed Nanny her eating capabilities tonight by eating her dinner, then a breadstick, then eating R&P’s cauliflower & broccoli and then finishing off with some of my ice-cream!! It really is no wonder she’s the chubba she is 😉 I managed to get an hour to myself tonight to go to my twin mum exercise class. There is a lovely group of us; we have all been through a twin pregnancy and all want to loose our baby weight. Some of the moves we do require co-ordination (which I seriously lack!), never-the-less, we have a giggle and a workout :o). – That and I feel I deserve to munch my chocolate in the day knowing that I’ll be doing the swag-a later on 😉