I don’t know how some of you do everything at home with hubbies away in the forces or for work or the single mummies out there. It’s hard work. I try not to grumble too much when retro daddy goes away for work. And he only goes away for a few days at a time. He’s been home for so long that I really got used to having him here and not going back and forth to the airport all the time. Today he’s off again for a meeting overseas and I was psyching myself up to take everyone to church on my own. I started psyching myself up on Friday when I realised retro daddy wasn’t going to be here. It’s not that I’m not capable of doing it. I totally can do it but it’s more not having that extra pair of hands that I’m used to. Like when elodie tries to run off or wants to be carried but I already have emerson on me.
It looked like I had my own playgroup going on as I sat there with all 5 this morning but we did it! Elodie tried to run up onto the alter a couple of times, found other people to sit next to and generally tried to run away from me. She is our first runner in the family. And I’m a bit lost because I’ve never had one before. We stayed for the nativity rehearsal but just when I thought it was time to go home and we were done the costumes came out and were being pulled out one by one. No real progress was being made and finn was twisting my arm into awkward positions so I knew it was time to go! Tillie our new actress then went into hysterics because she thought that meant she wouldn’t be an angel. Elodie was crying to be carried …..it was wonderful. One of those moments where I look like I have it totally under control.
But as I was telling my nana on the phone this morning – if you have to go somewhere on your own then you might as well make it church. I had an older man come and chat afterwards about the kids and how good they were. One of keira’s little friend’s mum offered to help. 2 teachers started to chat and one offered to walk me to the car as we were leaving and one of the acolytes told me she was a grandma to 15 and offered to show elodie the alter that she was so intent on climbing onto.
And when we got home I made myself a big coffee and we had a few marshmallows. I then pulled out a few craft books for some last minute Christmas sewing. I’m going to pull the sewing machine out onto the dining table and do a few things while everyone is asleep. Why fold laundry and put it away when you could be playing with fabric! Actually what happens is that when I know retro daddy is away, I’m much more efficient in getting things done. Dinner, bath and bed is all done earlier than usual and we just get on with it. A bonus.
And what am I making? Well first up are 2 lap quilts to give away as presents. Nothing too fancy, just charm squares and a chance to work on my free motion. And then I might whip up a few little things (I have no idea what, I’ll read the books first) to go into presents.
Nothing like the last minute rush of Christmas to get your butt into gear! When I’m not sewing you’ll find me on eBay bidding on the last few sets of Lego Friends that I want for the girls!