Today Peter took the children out to Maddie's house to play, so I got the whole afternoon to myself! I didn't know what to do... so I did some laundry, went to the library, ate an ice lolly, and then fell asleep on the sofa at home and didn't do any sketching or anything more exciting.
Today was sunny again. The children had fun playing in grandparent's lovely garden and I even got to do some plein air sketching of the English garden. In the evening we drove back home. Both children slept well. Amazing.
Today we packed and drove to Peter's parent's house for the weekend to attend his mum's 60th birthday party. The children were amazingly good and none of that shouting and stress like the last trip's packing.
Today we went to a pub at Leafield for a colleague's farewell lunch. It was lovely and sunny.
Today I sketched Georgie at work today while she sketched me. It was fun, and glad we finally did some lunch time sketching at work.
Today my Pecha Kucha presentation was surprisingly well received. My colleagues are so nice. I did some YouTube (Croquis Cafe) life drawing quickies in the evening.
Today Harriet only woke once, but Owen woke up 4 times in the night! So once again, we were all tired and grumpy. I spent the evening preparing the slides for my Pecha Kucha presentation at work tomorrow. Don't like public speaking and was nervous.
Today Harriet woke up in the night and cried from 3:30am to 7:30am. None of us got much sleep. In the day I took Owen on the train to Oxford. We had a lovely picnic lunch at Christ Church meadow and had a lovely walk by the river (me pushing him on a pushchair as it was too much for him to walk). But by the time we got home I was tired and aching from all that pushing, and annoyed with him for refusing to walk, that we both got grumpy.
Today we went to Witney to buy grocery as I was really too bored to stay at home. Owen was throwing tantrums about going out, but in the end they all had fun outside. In the evening, we watched telly.
Today Harriet was thankfully better, though I was still out of action most of the day with migraine.
Today Harriet was sent home for the vomiting bug and threw up all over Peter 3 times. I came home early too due to migraine, so couldn't help much.
Today I was exhausted again and we went to the children's nursery's birthday party after work and ended up having dinner at 8:30pm and putting the children to bed at 9:30pm! There was quite a bit of shouting and tears involved. In the middle of the night Harriet woke again, but I decided to stop night feeding. So she cried for a long time and Peter had to attend to her for a long time. Someday I'll look back and find the humour in this.
Today Harriet woke at 4am for a feed and then threw up all over me, the sofa and herself, and then she was fully awake. Took me ages to put her back to sleep, and then get back to sleep myself and then it was time for work! Not fair!
Today Harriet had a long afternoon nap so it was nearly 5pm when we went to the park to play.
Today we went to Chipping Norton and took Harriet to a taster session of Sing & Sign, her very first 'baby' group! She didn't seem impressed. We then went to the bookshop to get the book Owen wanted to get for Peter's birthday: The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: The Untold Story of a Lost World, by Steve Brusatte. We decided to start a 'tradition' of having Owen pick a book for Peter's birthday every year, and he will have to read it regardless.
Today was Peter's birthday. We went to Banbury Hill Farm for lunch, and Owen was being uncooperative again. So I was a bit mean to him, which I later felt sorry about.
Today I lost my temper and shouted at Owen for being mean to Harriet. Shouting is probably not the best way to teach a child to be nice. Then we went to the country fair at Hailey. The children loved it but Harriet got bitten by a goat! I loved petting the snake best. Owen loved the bouncy slide best. Harriet loved the visitors' dogs best. Peter also loved the snake best.
Today I did some last minute shopping for Peter's birthday present. In the evening, I did some sketching till late.
Today I made a quickie sketch so we could have time to watch telly. Harriet was very cheeky and very cute, and Owen too. I'm so lucky to have these cute children (though they can be annoying)! It's Peter's mum's 60th birthday today!
Today Harriet woke super early again, so I was tired going to work. We had BBQ at work. Harriet was obsessed with shoes.