It’s been a strange half-term for me as I was out of synch with my own children: both lovely and annoying at the same time! I was determined to get rid of the still-lingering -from-Christmas and flu-enhanced podge making a fair few items in my wardrobe a little bit too snug around the waist… With the monkeys out of the way (in the nicest possible sense of course), I was also determined to get a fair few sorting jobs done too. Decluttering seems to be a constant in our household at the moment. And of course I wanted to do some nice things too: so catching up with friends and some quality time in the sewing room beckoned.
Sunday was one of our busiest days in a while and required military-style pick-up and drop-offs for both son and daughter. Inbetween the frenetic activities and taxi-ing back and too, I managed a flying visit to an old colleague’s joint 40th and her daughter’s 1st birthday party, where it was a real treat to catch up with friends from my previous school. The image above is her daughter’s lovely cake 🙂 On the sewing front, I put an old jumper to use making some plushies for my daughter.
Sorting: cleaned and de cluttered kitchen, hoovered entire house
Exercise: It was a Sunday! 😉 Does hoovering count?
On Monday I made a concerted effort to tidy and declutter the most annoying ‘dumping’ spot in our house: our sports cupboard which houses both mine and my husband’s exercise clothing, waterproofs, weekend bags, the ever-expanding ironing pile, Winter coats…… And pretty much anything else that doesn’t have a particular home. Four charity bags later order was restored 🙂 I can’t tell you how much simple joy opening this cupboard now gives me: sad but true… I also cleaned and tidied the kitchen, again!
Catching up: coffee with friend from school who also works part-time, but in a different department, consequently we rarely get chance during term time.
Sewing: made a start on a dress for daughter
Exercise: walked monkeys up to school and back, Rocket yoga class at gym
Tuesday was Shrove Tuesday, or Pancake day. Above was our attempt at some vaguely healthy toppings. On the sewing front, despite a daft cutting out error, I finished the Playtime Tunic for my daughter out of some of my leftovers which is always satisfying.
Sorting: tidied and cleaned kitchen (Groundhog day anyone?), decluttered lounge
Catching Up: coffee with another old friend and former colleague
Exercise: walking monkeys up to school and back
Wednesday was a bit of a staying snug in the sewing room day: my favourite 🙂 Here’s my #sewingselfie. Gazing out of the window I noticed a temporary lake popping up in the small copse just beyond our garden from the recent deluge. As a reward for all my cleaning and tidying, especially that dumping cupboard, I treated myself to some very pretty and fragrant flocks.
Catching Up: met up with some other mums at the bake and take after school
Exercise: walking monkeys up and down to school and Jivamukti yoga class at gym
Sorting: kitchen again…grrr!
On Thursday I spent a pretty frustrating morning attempting to convert this vintage skirt into something more wearable. I’m still not convinced it’s going to work, but at least I tried…
Sorting: popped to IKEA for some storage stuff and rearranged socks and underwear drawers, kitchen, again…
Exercise: walking monkeys up and down to school, Hot yoga class at gym
On Friday I volunteered to help out at my daughter’s biannual dance show, where she was performing in both ballet and tap routines, as well as singing. She had a fair few costume changes, but this gold tutu was my favourite. There were lots of other Mums I knew also helping out, so although exhausting keeping them entertained between dances and hunting down missing parts of costumes, it was pretty sociable too.
Exercise: I think I can count running up and down backstage at the above, walking monkeys up and down to school
Sewing: no actual sewing, but did tidy up as we had relatives coming to stay. And of course the kitchen…
Sorting: see above
And finally Saturday was totally consumed by the above show too. I volunteered to help out for the matinee performance and in the evening, along with both sets of grandparents, daddy and brother we all got to enjoy watching her. Above photo is of my son rehearsing his piano piece for a local musical festival. This was actually last week, but don’t like to celebrate one child without the other. We were delighted when he won third place in his category 🙂
To join in with #sundaysevens head over to Nat’s site at Threadsandbobbins.
And a final, bonus photo especially for Del, just because 😊