Today has been one of those glorious bright, clear autumn days. A chill in the air first thing this morning led me to get tights out for Chloe for school and winter coats rather than the lightweight jackets which have been worn up till now.
I took a chance on hanging the washing on the line, knowing it probably wouldn’t be dry by tea time but would have at least had some fresh air through it! As it turned out I managed to get two loads of bedding and a full load of kids’ clothes pretty much dried so that they only needed a quick blast on the radiator. It’s definitely getting towards my least favourite time of year when it comes to laundry though – keeping on top of the washing for a family of five can be pretty demanding, particularly as we currently don’t have our tumble drier so any hint of sunshine and I’ll be pegging things out on the line!
With the big two at school and Amy enjoying a bit of bonus time with “Hange” I was able to get myself off to the hospital for an xray on my back and then tick plenty of jobs off my never-ending “to do” list. Of course the afternoon disappeared quickly and it was soon time to collect my little team from school – I decided on the spur of the moment we should make the most of the sunshine and head to the park on the way home. I chucked some cartons of juic and a few KitKats under the pram with my big camera and went to collect them.
Chloe came out of school covered in paint – her coat (yes the one I’d just got out of the cupboard for the first time this autumn), her tights, her dress, her face, her hair – yet with no idea of what she’d actually been painting. The three of them tossed their coats off and shoved them under the pram, keen to go and play!
Chloe leapt straight into chucking leaves around and Amy quickly followed suit, we spent a while exploring the leaves before they decided it was time to go and explore the equipment. Ben has recently learned to use the swings independently and though he likes a good push to get him going he’s able to create and maintain a fair old height – he spent much of the time we were there swinging as high as he could!
These are moments which make me really appreciate my current work situation. The sun was shining and we made the most of it. Were I a full time teacher, I’d have not picked them up till 5pm and it would have been straight home for tea and bed. Watching my babies play together in the autumn sunshine is everything.