I have been dreading this week because Mark was going away for a few days and it is surprising how quickly you become used to having company every night, even when you have spent the majority of your marriage spending weekday nights alone because your husband commutes to work and stays away during the week. It wasn't just that Mark was going to be away but also because Charlotte has gone away with the school, on a residential trip. For FOUR days (and three nights). She's only 8 and I miss her because I know she is a big la-la and so accident prone - I think I stopped every teacher in turn and asked them if they would look after my little girl. I hope they don't speak to each other about it, my hope is that they think I have asked them because they are the special one!
On top of that my Mum has left too! She lives across the road and I see her every day but she has flown out to South Africa to see my sister (who lives there and is 50 on April 4th *snigger*). So you see Ben, Amy and I are a little lost this week.
I have mostly been doing a bit of sorting, new wardrobes tend to require a complete sort out of your 'stuff' don't they?
I have also been having a bit of me time...
...and admiring the flowers in my window (which my brother bought for my Mum for Mother's Day but I have acquired on account of Mum buggering off to SA). A few quiet cups of tea, a bit of nail painting (interuppted and thereby ruined by untimely delivery of my groceries!) and some hooky happiness in the form of pillow finishing (the one to match my Flowers in the Snow blanket).
I have had some lovely moments with little Amy. She has been doing little dances for me all the time and it made me realise that, perhaps, she has been wanting to do them for ages but that Charlotte always takes over / joins in. It's lovely to see her doing her own thing and being so sweet with it. Amy is a little lost at bed time though, she is not used to going to a room by herself and getting to sleep without her big sister! Actually, Ben has been a little angel too, apart from trying it on a bit when he should be going to bed - I am sure he thought the bedtime routine would be discarded if Charlotte was away. Ben misses Charlotte too, I can tell. He would never admit it though!