Wednesday already; which is a real shame because I thought it was Thursday. Clearly it’s not and this means the weekend is further away than I hoped when I rocked up to work this morning. Damn it!
However, it does mean I’m not as behind as I thought I was on writing up a blog post about my last weekend with the girls; so not all bad news 🙂
One word sums up last weekend: exhausting! But we had so much fun… After work on Friday I picked the girls up from their Dad’s house as usual and we stopped past the DVD shop to pick out a movie. Now I have to admit, I had a heart warming cartoon in mind when I suggested a movie night, but us parents rarely get our own way! Asri chose Horrid Henry: The Movie… I was a sceptic from the outset and just slightly concerned that it would give my two angels (erm, honest) some ideas they simply don’t need! But I have to say all-in-all it wasn’t a bad little film and it was lovely snuggling up on the sofa with them both.
Last weekend Asri went to a friend’s birthday bash at Bracknell Ice Rink and had been chomping at the bit to have another go all week and Eleni was miffed she hadn’t had a go, so foolishly I promised to take them on Saturday. I say foolishly not because it was a nightmare – it was actually a right laugh – but because I hadn’t properly checked out the times. When I carried out this task before bed on Friday night I realised it clashed completely with the girl’s dancing lessons… if we were to go ice skating one of them would have to sacrifice dancing. The next morning I put the scenario to them and without any arguments at all (shocking in itself – they can argue over what colour the sky is) they decided it was Eleni’s turn to miss dancing and that we should go to the first session.
I haven’t been ice skating for years (20 to be precise) and I was slightly concerned about my ability to make it around the ice without falling over, and that was without factoring in having a young unbalanced child attached to the end of each arm! Turns out ice skating is much like riding a bike and after one trip round the rink I was off… well as off as you can be with the children attached to you! To make life slightly easier we hired a penguin for Eleni (a neat stability aid for small kids) and she was off like a rocket, with Asri and I lagging behind. After a few circuits, even Asri was having a go by herself. Both girls had their fair share of tumbles and even I went over at one point when Asri’s feet got tangled in mine, but we haven’t laughed so much together for a long time. We’ll definitely be doing that again!
After ice skating Eleni and I did the grocery shopping while Asri was at her dancing lesson, and then it was back home for an afternoon of playing on the Wii and other fun and games (and a few chores for me).
Sunday we were up early as we had an 8.55am trip to the cinema booked to see Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked -I have to say it wasn’t my choice – with Darren, Alice and Elisa. Unlike Horrid Henry, I struggled to get into this one (as did Darren) but the four girls loved it (almost as much as they loved the buckets of popcorn they munched their way through). Then it was off to the shops for some new bedding and a mooch round Waterstones while we killed time until Pizza Hut opened at midday. I have to say Asri and Alice were terrific, really well behaved. Eleni and Elisa on the other hand were a little bit of a handful… stress levels rose slightly and Darren required tablets :0)… but all in all it was a really fun morning.
After lunch we waved goodbye to Darren and his girls and headed off to pick up Asri’s friend; yep you guessed it: Alice! Eleni had been invited to a party at the Madhouse by a little girl at pre-school and to save Asri having to play with the little ones (or worse, drag me in there), we took her friend along. A fun and energetic time was had by all, running, climbing and bouncing about the place. We were all ready for bed that night, I can tell you!