We’ve had another great week, which culminated in the teen graduating from her NCS programme on Friday evening. With an awards ceremony and night on the rides at Dreamland in Margate once the park had closed for the day. She loved it of course. I on the other hand was relegated to cab driver for the evening, doing a two hour round trip – twice!
There’s been a meet the teacher session at the little dude’s school, gingerbread lattes, a few leopard print purchases and just a really relaxed feel to the week. Don’t you just love it when they’re like that?
Here’s hoping for more of the same next week. But in the meantime, here’s what’s made it into my weekly faves this week.
Nailing a Routine
I know I already mentioned loving being back in a routine now the kids are back at school and college. But instead this week I’m congratulating myself on getting through a week on my own with the kids while the Mr has been away working. What happened I don’t know, but somehow I managed to have uniforms ironed and ready in advance. Everyone got to where they needed to be on time and I actually quite enjoyed the week of it being just us three. I’m sure the kids behave better when it’s just me and them. There seems to be no answering back, no refusing to do things and just a general sense of calm that descends upon the house.
Of course despite enjoying the routine while the Mr was away, we were also glad to see him back on Friday. He’s away at least once a month, usually for a week or more and as much as I hated it at first, I’m used to it now. I guess it makes me appreciate him more when he is here – for the first week he’s back anyway!
We seem to be all about tapas lately. It’s the third time we’ve had it in two weeks. But, this time I actually cooked it myself. I guess I have to put my years living in Spain to use occasionally. My mum and aunt often come for dinner when the Mr is away. Usually I ensure our meal is Slimming World friendly. But that’s the one thing I’m having a little trouble getting back into a routine with lately. So tapas it was. And it was delicious if I do say so myself. Accompanied by a cheeky mid-week gin or two and lots of laughs, it was a great night – don’t watch Wanderlust with your mum and your aunt in the room, just fyi.
We headed to a fab kids party at the weekend. Yes I realise I actually just said that. And no, there was no alcohol involved. It was your normal, run of the mill, soft play party, but after everyone else had left they got out the laser guns for an hour of play and it was so much fun. The kids loved it, the parents got involved and were way more competitive than the kids. And we spent a few hours just chatting and laughing together while our children played. It really was a lovely afternoon. The little dude enjoyed it so much he asked to have his party there. We’ve decided to do a joint party with one of his school friends and split the costs. Holding it in November so as to separate his Christmas Day birthday from his party. Needless to say, we’re both quite looking forward to it.
If you caught my stories on instagram the other day you’ll know I was contemplating reading my first Harry Potter book. The teen has been on at me for years to read them. But other than catching the odd few minutes of the films at Christmas, I’ve never watched or read anything ‘Harry Potter’. I’m halfway through the first book, which can only be a good sign. And so far, so good. It doesn’t feel like I’m reading a child’s book at all and I’m loving the story. I guess that makes me a convert.
The High Low
Stacie from Parker and Me got me hooked on The High Low. The fabulous podcast by Pandora Sykes and Dolly Alderton. This week I went back over all the episodes I’d missed and lost myself for hours as I listened to these two friends talk books, food, culture and news. If you haven’t given this one a go yet, I’d definitely recommend it.
What have you enjoyed this week?