Whoo check me out, two Me & Mine posts in a row . . . it’s a good start!
January, whilst quiet in many ways has also been mad busy for us. Dave and I have taken advantage of the rubbish weather and lack of plans to really make some headway again in our house. What this has meant is that there has been little in the way of adventure, or even really proper quality family time. The kids have spent a lot of time playing together or watching tv / playing on their tablets. And if I’m honest I don’t think this is a bad thing. Obviously we don’t spend all weekend, ever weekend with our kids plonked in front of our screen – that’s clear to see however they’re still shattered from the festive period and the short, dark days of January are taking their toll so a few lazy weekends has suited them well. Amy and Dave have been going swimming to catch up on her missed lessons from last term and we’ve had a nice lunch out together but mainly it has been about getting stuff done – clearing things out and doing those jobs which we never get round to doing.
At the moment, Amy is proving to be a bit of a monkey and testing her boundaries. She’s also something of a Mummy’s girl. Frankly this has always been the case to some extent but she’s particularly vocal about demonstrating her favouritism at the moment and it’s wearing – for me when she just wants me to be the one who helps her with whatever she needs, sits with her, puts her to bed but also wearing for Dave who obviously knows she loves him but she is quite clear that she’d rather choose me at the moment. We know it will pass but it’s still hard in that moment. My good friend Jenny explained it especially well when she said that all kids will go through phases of favouring one parent over another and for whatever reason I’m the one who is able to meet Amy’s needs better at the moment, in the same way that as an adult you will gravitate to a certain friend at certain times.
I think the downside of so much time spent at home is that there is more opportunity for bickering – for the kids to annoy each other or for Dave & I to get irritated with them for not doing as their told. Cabin Fever is real people. That said, they’ve been pretty patient whilst we’ve been busy. I think they understand that sometimes jobs just have to be done and that it’s for everyone’s benefit in the end!
I hope that in February we will be able to reap the rewards of all the time we’ve been spending on the house and that it will bring with it more family time and more adventure! But for now, our January Me & Mine was snapped in our bedroom one Sunday morning when I’d been vlogging and decided to take advantage of the fact the tripod was still set up!