It’s been a strange sort of week, I know I’m probably exaggerating with the word chaotic, but for us it really was a change from the normal, slow, calm sort of life we lead.
On Monday, Star returned to school after half term. But, Boo and The Little Man had an extra day off. It’s the sort of thing that happens when you have kids in different schools. The last time it happened it was almost a disaster with Star really not happy. However, we talked about it loads and really prepared her for it, so this time she was okay about it. It was a very strange morning though, with them getting up at different times and getting dressed at different times. I guess it’s something we will get used to but we really do like our routines in this house so it did feel chaotic.
On Tuesday they were all back at school and I really wanted to get out of the house after being confined for nine days. However, we were having our patio doors fixed as they had moved slightly and were letting in a slight draft. The man who came to fix them hadn’t a clue what to do and promptly left again to find out what his boss, the man who’d visited us originally, had wanted him to do. He couldn’t get a hold of his boss and came back and basically stood there scratching his head. So Graham stepped in and told him what he thought he should do. The man then went and fetched his tools and came back with a helper. To cut a long story short, neither of them were much use at all and it was Graham who took the initiative and got them working. I was incredibly worried at one point while Graham was holding the frame in place while the one guy drilled it. Health and Safety would have had a field day it was so dangerous. It all turned out well though and the doors are fixed, the draft gone and Graham, luckily still has his fingers intact. It was total chaos that came good in the end.
On Wednesday I finally got to leave the house. First to the surgery at the end of the street with my son. Then shopping with Graham which totally wore me out. Then I came home and my eldest daughter wanted a lift to pick up something she’d bought from Argos. Graham said no, not until after he picked the kids up from school (even though there was still two hours, I think he may have been in a bad mood.) So, she sulked and I said I would take her…and Graham would have to walk to the school if we were late back. So, off we went to pick up a huge mirror which we could just about fit in the car, although daughter had to lie down on the back seat. We arrived home just in time for Graham to jump in the car to fetch the kids. (and it was such a nice day they probably would have enjoyed the walk!) The chaotic day took it’s toll though and I ended up in too much pain to sleep.
Thursday was World Book Day for Star and even though I’d made sure her costume was all ready the night before, in the morning her hat was missing. I still have no idea where it is! Just in case you are wondering. she went as Tiffany Aching, a young witch from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld for young adults. Thankfully, Star was familiar with the story of Tiffany’s hat being invisible for part of the story, so she was ok going without the hat. I was totally baffled though.
I’m expecting the chaos to continue for a while longer as the younger two have their World Book Day today and The Little Man is very fickle about dressing up. I’ll be expecting a call all day asking to take his clothes in. Then this evening they have to go back to school at 5 pm in their pyjamas for a bedtime story and a hot chocolate. Not something I can manage so I’m hoping that Graham will be over his grumpy mood and will take them. Of course, 5 pm is way too soon to be thinking of bedtime so our routine will be turned to chaos again.
Next week I’m looking forward to some peace and quiet and lots of routine, wish me luck!