So, welcome back to the Live Oxfordshire Friday Family round-up. Thanks to Easter (and a couple of other factors) we’re a day or so behind at the moment, hence why we’re having the Friday family round up last thing on Sunday. Oops. Oh well, normal service resumed as of tomorrow so expect posts on Monday, Wednesday and Friday as usual.
Been a busy week again, made infinitely harder by the fact I’ve had a hideous ongoing cough/cold lurgy. No such thing as a sick day when you’re a Mama.
Drove down to visit my parents for a few days and had a lovely compliment from the Boy who announced suddenly that he liked my driving. “You” he pronounced with surprised thoughtfulness “are a very good driver Mummy.” No need to sound so shocked, Son.
The Girl has mastered a couple of new words, although “bah-bee” (baby) whenever she sees a photo or mirror image of herself is a big one. She’s also very keen on the selfie function on my phone. Yippee. We’re seeing some teeny tiny stompy feet when she’s uber-excited about something or when she’s throwing the mother of all hissy fits! I shouldn’t laugh at her when she’s upset but it’s just so funny! She’s also getting lots of practice at intonation in – amazing how someone can make it so clear they’re singing the “Happy Birthday” song when the actual words are going something like “abba barbar ber ber”.
Speaking of mimicry, The Boy has a great career in front of him as an actor. I did a ridiculous voice, pretending to be an old lady and he imitated me so accurately it was actually kind of creepy. He’s also been waking us up repeatedly at night telling us he’s scared, but some of the things he says he’s afraid of are so patently ridiculous that I can only imagine it’s being used as a bargaining chip for attention, in which case his acting skills are even better than originally thought, because he does such a good impression of terrified. Hard to know how to deal with that really.
We’ve also had some stunning artworks from him, such as this butterfly brushing its teeth, with a wing pattern of Thomas the Tank Engine, also brushing his teeth (I’m noticing a theme here). He also made Granny a truly stunning dinosaur-cat card for her birthday.
Last weekend we went along to the Easter event at Blenheim Palace. It was well organised and we’ve bought the year-long pass so we can go back and explore the stunning grounds further when we have a bit more time and energy, but we were disappointed by not being able to ride the little train in the grounds, especially after promising it to our son – it was just too busy and there was no sort of ticketing or organisational system that ensured a fair crack of the whip for all comers.
More mundanely, our microwave, fridge-freezer and that bloody washing machine both died on the same day just before the Easter weekend. Just what we needed. Three big ticket items kicking the bucket at once. We’ve given up on the washing machine and bought a second hand replacement with no computer parts and the replacement microwave and fridge-freezer (both new) are coming next week. I’m thrilled about the microwave, but less excited about the fridge-freezer as that was considerably newer and I was hoping it would last a bit longer. Besides, who can get that excited about white goods, other than for the fact that modern life is so fucking difficult without working ones?!
I hope you’re all enjoying the Easter holidays and the kids aren’t driving you too loopy. Mine have been very silly indeed for no apparent reason, but we’re halfway through now. Always look on the bright side…