This week I realised my strategy plan of pegging our small boys’ computer time to the baby’s nap time was excellent! As it is the holidays I diverged from the game plan, and their hour in the morning instead, hence then informing all, “No computer today after lunch.” That afternoon whilst trying to settle the baby the small boys barged into my room no less than ten times with trivial matters. Bass took a long time to settle.
We also diverged in other areas during the past week, we suspended the no grains, and baked with wheat flour and sugar. Surprisingly we discovered we no longer like the taste of wheat muffins, cakes and biscuits (cookies), and we found the taste of the sugar too sweet. Taste buds can indeed change.
My 40th year is drawing to a close and I can only say, I love being in my 40s! Not only have I discovered I can occasionally develop a backbone and have instilled healthier boundaries, but I have also developed a healthy case of sang-froid. Whereas once upon a time, life’s challenges would have me ‘flapping like a chook (chicken)’, I mostly now shrug and remind myself, these challenges don’t really matter in the grand scheme of life. When I do begin to ‘flap’ I generally manage to ‘get myself in control’ quickly. Really looking forward to seeing what my 41st year will bring.
Einstein kept me amused this week, a few times he read picture books to the small boys. It all began one night when he came out rather horrified, “Mum have you read Miss Bilby?”,
I stuttered, “Yes”
“Well do you know what it is about?” rapidly turning the pages he read “The fox waited for Miss Bilby and when he missed her he seized her little sister” “Mum what a terrible thing to read to Jem (4) at bedtime!”
“Oh you’re right” I agree, “is he very traumatised?”
“No but I am!”
Then the next few days he continued to critique each book he read to the boys, finding many disturbing incidences. In desperation I asked, “what do you suggest, should we toss these books?”
Blithely he replied, “Oh no, they’re interesting”
Whilst the girls were away for the past fortnight at Grandmas’ we developed a nice routine with the small boys, best of all, the fortnight was harmonious. It always fascinates me how the absence of only one or two children makes a big difference in dynamics.
Holidays are nearly finished and I realised today I haven’t bound our year books! As I like to keep the ‘paper tiger’ tame I need to undertake this project asap. Each year I bind all the children’s work into one big binder (more than one for some children), they treasure these books and always are inspired to new horizons for the upcoming year.
Reading around blogosphere I’m rather inspired by all the book posts and thus I’ve decided to begin to regularly post reviews on the books I’m reading. As I’m a speed reader who gulps books at rapid rate I should have a few to chat about;) I greatly appreciate all the recommendations I’ve gleaned, I’d like to give back and to, months ago a friend asked for titles, so finally I shall share.