Those unexpected fun hours

By | January 13, 2012

As much as I want to spend every hour playing with C, it’s just not possible.  For a start I have to go out to work three days a week, then if I’m not at work there’s the housework; laundry, hoovering, dusting, ironing, cooking which all take up far too much time, then I have to walk the dog, make sure we visit the grandparents, take the library books back and do the food shopping.

Now obviously I sometimes just stick the washer on and ignore the pile of dishes in the sink but I can’t do that every day and, like most parents, can often be found saying things such as ‘in a minute’, ‘wait ’til I’ve finished this’ and ‘don’t you just want to watch Snow White?’.  The guilt of a mother.

On Sunday, the husband was working so I decided to take C swimming as we hadn’t been for months.  We got everything loaded in the car then the damn thing wouldn’t start.  C was not happy so I, once again, felt guilty.

To make it up to her I said I’d help her build with her Lego Duplo which is in a quite enormous plastic tub.  We’re part of the Duplo experts programme so have accumulated rather a lot now.

We built houses, bridges, and police stations,

lego duplo 1

we made patterns with the bricks

and we practised our alphabet (with lots of help from mummy)

lego duplo

We played with the Duplo for about 2 hours with no distractions; no tv on, no laptop, no phone, and it was just really nice to be able to play with her without thinking about the things I’m not doing.

I should do it more often.

 

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4 Comments

dlysen on January 14, 2012 at 6:24 am.

I wish I can play that again with kids around. It is one of the best way I get read out my stress. Great bonding moment too.
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jenny Paulin on January 15, 2012 at 8:12 pm.

we are all guilty of the ‘just one minute’ ‘i just need to do this quickly’ but it is nice when there are no distractions and you can just play ! lovely photos she is getting to be so grown up x
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Susan Mann on January 16, 2012 at 3:55 pm.

Love days like this. We had one of those yesterday x

Actually Mummy... on January 20, 2012 at 1:03 pm.

Oh you are so right. I say it every night and forget it every morning :(