This weekend, Mr Patient took Ella on a 4wding weekend escape with his work. Our entire family had the option of going too but the thought of spending two full days in a car with two children who HATE travelling made me shudder!
So the solution was for me to stay home with the boys.
It turned out to be a fantastic decision too. We have had SO much fun together.
When we all arose yesterday morning, I told the boys that it was a “no rules” day. BUT before you all start rolling your eyes and telling me what a fool I was let me explain….. I am WELL aware of how literal my boys can be so I made sure that I emphasised that house rules STILL applied. ie: No hitting, punching, kicking or name calling and that when Mummy asks you to do something – you still need to do it!
The “no rules” part referred to the fact that there were no set in stone rules over what they were allowed to play with and for how long.
They chose Lego and baking of all things - I had to stop myself from reacting every time that I looked out and saw the Lego strewn from one end of the living room to the other but it was wonderful to see them having so much fun!
They created a lot of new and exciting Lego spaceships and I got an awesome video of Harley talking me through the way that his mega ship worked. Unfortunately, his real name and Lucas’ real name are all through the video so I can’t put it on here but there was one part where I asked him what his craft was called and he said:
“I don’t know but I’m going to build it one day when I grow up”….“PROUD MUM MOMENT ALERT!
But here is a photo of him with his creation instead
After lunch, we headed into the kitchen and made some white chocolate biscuits. (cookies for all my Northern Hemisphere friends).
The boys were so excited to be helping me in the kitchen. I’m ashamed to say that I don’t allow them to as often as I probably should because I HATE the mess that they make, but because I’d promised “no rules day” I had to let them have a go!
I just love the concentration on their faces as they measure and stir the ingredients!
That night, Harley asked me if Lucas could sleep in his room for a “slumber party” and he helped me move the folding bed into his room and make it up for Lucas.
They were SO excited and begged me to join them too!
I made us all some hot chocolates with marshmallows and we ate our biscuits in bed and they giggled because normally, this kind of thing is a big no-no and they felt SO NAUGHTY!!!! It was divine to see their delighted little faces at something that really is such a little thing!
We laid on the bed together taking silly photos on my phone and I stayed until they fell asleep before creeping out again.
Later on, I snuck back in to take these photos of my little sleeping babies with their teddy and puppy snuggle toys and vowed that we absolutely HAVE to do this again.
I desperately wanted my boys to remember this weekend and how much their mother loves them. I want them to realise that they are perfect just as they are and that I would move mountains for them. I know it’s been rough on them lately with my emotional turmoil being so tangible so it’s moments like these that overshadow the difficult days and make them so much easier to endure when they do come.
It’s just a shame that life can’t always be this sweet.