I don't want them to grow up too quickly and miss what being young and carefree is all about.
I want them to enjoy it all. But being their mom, I want to be part of their enjoyment too...So far so good.
My other children- the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

One Down and One To Go-

One week is all my chick had to rest up, sleep till her body woke her and catch up with friends. Oh and do the homework that was assigned for half term. In truth, the poor thing spent her wakened hours doing that homework and as for friends, all the great plans were pushed under the bed that she was in when she wasn't working!

I felt particularly bad as a parent because I had all these great ideas for us and we didn't do any of them as planned because of her work load and real need to just be at home with her room and stuff. We didn't go to London to the Tate Modern, we didn't go out to this great farm shop not far from us, for a girls lunch and we didn't make it up to Cambridge to Christmas shop. We did manage to get a new pair of school shoes for her, yah! and we did pop into town for a new sketch pad and acrylic paints, for school, again, yah! And I managed to not feed her a single sandwich for lunch as she has one every school day during term time.

Where I did come in on the " good Mom" barometer was the Rooster's birthday trip to London, Wapping and Canary Wharf. It was really a two for one though. Chick, Rooster and the young Rooster were all due to play hockey, at Wapping on Saturday morning, perfect timing, 10:30 start. The Chicks team needed a couple of extra players, being half term, so I roped in two of her girl friends that she hadn't seen in ages as extras. Along with two of her really good friends that are already on the team and the five of them were happy girls together. So they played their game in the beautiful sunshine with Tower Bridge as their back drop the my boys played, also in the sunshine. Both teams won by a mile and as the club was so nice where they played, there were hot showers for all after. Very important for hot sweaty hockey boys and girls. Then off we went to Canary Wharf for a lovely lunch and a walk around India Quay and the Wharf. The Rooster and I had the adult company of one of the girl's parents who are friends of ours as well so we had someone to share a bottle of wind with. It was all very social and bubbly and when we'd had enough of four walking around, we headed back up the M11 to home and had birthday cake and presents and watched some rugby.

Really, everyone was happy for the day. I think I covered everything in one go:
London, friends, physical exercise, two wins, family time, sunshine, meat and fish for lunch, atmosphere, a bit of shopping, cake and presents. It was exhausting squeezing it all into one day but worth it.

Chick was back to school this morning and young Rooster has gone on a rugby tour to France. All's quiet on the home front this morning!

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