Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Poor health

We've all been ill again this weekend.  I had to pick up Lauren early from nursery because she had a bad cold and was running a high fever.  She was ill the entire weekend and gave the bug to Jocey, who has been grumpier than usual with it.  They seem to be constantly unwell at the moment with one bug after another.  Jase also managed to give me his tummy bug from earlier on in the week so I had a miserable weekend too.

I think this year we've been ill much more often than in previous years and I am sure that this is because we are all really tired.  I am still getting up several times in the night (especially now that the girls aren't feeling well) and generally don't get enough sleep.  Coupled with getting up early for work and long days, we are just about surviving and no more.

I hope we can look forward to something better than this in the future because this current situation is not a life at all.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Snakes and Ladders

On Tuesday, we had more rain so all thoughts of going to the park were quickly abandoned. We had been to Bramley's in the past on a rainy day but I just didn't want to go on public transport on that day. After a little bit of research, I decided to take the girls to another soft play indoor playground in Brentford, actually on the grounds of Syon Park where Jason and Charlotte had their wedding.

I was pleasantly surprised. It was easy to park and although a bit of a walk from the car park, Snakes and Ladders was a lot of fun. It was much bigger than I expected, with a three storey climbing frame for the bigger kids.

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It cost £9.50 for all of us to get in and we had an hour of Amanda's Action Kids for free whilst we were there. It was definitely much better value for money than my last time with Amanda (although of course the Riverside is a wonderful location). Lauren became really shy during the Amanda session and refused to participate, even though Jocey was enjoying it. I really don't know why she was so self conscious. Half way through, she lost interest and wanted to play on the climbing frame.

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Both Lauren and Jocey had a fabulous time, especially on the slides and bouncy castles. I was really quite surprised at how much Jocey has come on in terms of what she can do physically. She got a lot more out of it than I expected.

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Best of all it was fantastic to watch them playing together. Lauren had a great time sliding into this ball pit and tumbling into the balls.

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Jocey loved watching her do this; she just laughed and laughed.

We had a good lunch there too. As usual, Jocey demolished her food and then proceeded to "investigate" Lauren's food. I couldn't help laughing when Jocey slyly helped herself to some of Lauren's chips.

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To be fair, when Lauren found out what was happening she did graciously share her food with Jocey. It makes me so happy that they play and share.

It was mid afternoon before they agreed to go home. After all the exertion, they both fell asleep on the journey back but they clearly had a great time. We'll definitely go again. Even though Bramley's is closer, I do find going by car easier than going on public transport with the two children. I know that's not very eco-friendly, but we can all only do the best we can.

There are more photos from our day out on my Flickr album here.

Ouch!

Poor Daddy stubbed his toe on the skirting board whilst playing with Jocey last weekend.  The toe then proceeded to swell and turn black and blue.

It was obviously broken so I gave Jase a bit of sympathy, strapped it up and instructed him to take painkillers.  He hobbled around for a few days but now it's definitely improved.

I also sustained my own ouch, courtesy of Lauren.  We had a conversation on Tuesday along these lines:

Lauren: "Mummy, I'm three!"

Mummy: "Yes that's right, Lauren.  How old is Jocey?"

Lauren: "One."

Mummy: "Yes, clever girl!  How old is Mummy?"

Lauren: "Don't know."

Mummy: "Aah, Mummy is thirty-five."

Lauren (after long pause): "Forty-five?"

Mummy: "No, thirty-five!"

Lauren (quite firmly): "Forty-five."

Ouch.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Weekend washout

We've all been unwell this weekend with upset stomachs.  Lauren and Jocey have both been vomiting, leading to multiple changes of bedding and piles of extra washing.  My poor babies!

Lauren is fortunately better but still a bit grumpy and tired.  She had a good day at nursery today though, and was full of laughter and conversation on the way home.

Jocey is still running a slight fever and has a runny nose and cough.  This evening, I also discovered that all four of her premolars are emerging at once.  It must be so painful; I gave her some painkillers and an extra hug this bedtime.  My poor darling girl.

Mummy and Daddy haven't fared much better, so none of us have had much fun this weekend.  None of us have had much of an appetite.  It was a shame because we all ended up staying at home, with the girls catching up on their sleep.

I actually needed a rest this weekend; I've been travelling into central London all week to go to courses.  Whilst it was fun to go on the courses, I don't envy the people who have to do all that commuting every day.  Being squashed into a tiny space on a Tube train during rush hour when you're tired and grumpy is no fun at all.

I had originally planned to go to the newly opened Westfield shopping centre, a huge new shopping centre in Shepherds Bush that I blogged about some time ago in anticipation.

It looks lovely on the news and I can't wait to see it in the flesh.  However, I plan to go without the girls on the first occasion as I suspect it will be mobbed.  Also, Charlotte told Jase that it was still quite child unfriendly as the lifts were still being sorted out.

Anyway, off to get some sleep myself now before facing another busy day tomorrow.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

SuperMummy Event photos

Mini-et-Moi who hosted the Cupcake Event that Emma and I attended in Wandsworth have posted some pictures and a blog entry on their website from the day.

There are some pics of the girls and me (looking rather serious in two of the shots!) enjoying our time there.  It seems that they are planning another event slightly closer to us in West London for the future.  I will be looking forward to that with interest.