Saturday, 8 January 2011
A Day in My Life
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Today I woke up to one less child in the house, my daughter had her first sleep over last night with her Girl Scout troop. Last year I was the troop leader so I was at the sleep over (although I don't remember getting much sleep). This year I was able to stay home and actually get some sleep. Our son slept until 7:45 so my husband and I even got a lie in. We were up and dressed and out of the house by 9 in order to pick my daughter up at the Girl Scout Hut by 9:30. We were greeted by a very happy little girl. In fact she was disappointed that the sleep over was officially over. As her mother I was so glad the sleep over went well as prior to Friday night my daughter voiced concerns that I wouldn't be there for her should she need me. I spent several days last week encouraging her to enjoy herself and assuring her she doesn't need me all the time. All the while worrying that maybe I should stay and make sure she will be okay. As a mother you try to give your kids the independence they need to make it in the world all the while wishing you could keep them close to you.
After packing her and her stuff in the car, the whole family took off to do a few errands. One of which was to get both children's hair cut. My daughter is absolutely the worst at brushing and combing her hair. I have been threatening to cut her hair for months if she doesn't start taking better care of it. I have tried everything, new hair brushes, encouraging to use conditioner on her hair, keeping it tied up in a pony tail, reminding her consistently to brush her hair but all for naught. So today with my husband there (I wanted back up should there be a problem) we headed to the hair dresser. There was some pouting but it went much smoother than I thought it would, whew. My son is six and still hates getting his hair cut especially around the ears, so he gave the hair dresser some trouble, can't wait for him to outgrow this stage.
After lunch out we headed home. The kids and I begin to pack away the Christmas tree. It is so nice that they can help with this as it makes the job go so much faster. They took down the ornaments and icicles and I wrapped them up and packed them away. The kids insisting on singing Christmas carols while working which made the time fly by. They also spent time calculating how many days till next Christmas:).
Now just so you don't think everything runs perfectly in our home: here's the rough part of our day. Around 4 pm the children starting arguing over a toy and my son had a major meltdown. He is at the stage where he can be very explosive in his tantrums, stomping feet, screaming and yelling. Fun times for Mom and Dad, tonight I thought my husband and I held our cool fairly well sending him to his room not once but twice:(. It took my son nearly 20 minutes to calm himself down. Luckily my daughter is coming out of this stage and was able to quickly recover from her anger and move on.
After dinner we took the kids to the Cambridge Observatory. They were having an open public viewing tonight and talk. Since we are doing the solar system we wanted to see what they had. It was fantastic. The Observatory had 3 huge viewing screens that they could project what the telescope saw. We saw the Moon, Jupiter, Pleiades, and a few other things. We also watch on the screen the International Space Station orbit below the moon and saw a satellite orbit, although both were a blur you could definitely tell something was moving in the sky:)! The kids were cold and tired so we left that portion of the talk and stood in line to see a real telescope and were able to take a closer look at Pleiades's. The kids are showing a real interest in the solar system which I am pleased about.
By the time we got home it was time for the children's bedtime. Normally we read to them but my husband and I were tired and so were the kids so we tucked them in and told them to read by themselves for 30 minutes and then it was lights out for the kids and quiet time for the parents.
So that is the Day in my life. This was a busy day and we packed a lot in. tomorrow is going to be much quieter:)
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