Today was the perfect day and as I sat down at 9.57pm tonight I just wanted to share it with you all. Not because I want to gloat about my perfect life, far from it, but just because today was one of those days when even though not everything went quite right, it ended up being just perfect anyway.
The day started like any other in the summer holidays, we had a lazy morning, the 11 year old woke up early especially to watch YouTube and eat CocoPops before I could find her and the little two came down to my bed and were fighting before 8am. Numerous requests for them to tidy up their toys before we went out for the day were ignored and the 11 year old losing my shower cap caused shouting Mummy before 9am.
Nevertheless, we headed out for the day, picnic in tow and queued to spend £20 to get into a science activity centre nearby. And do you know what happened? They spent the next 5 hours running around, playing and learning lots. They had so much fun and I even got to sit down for a bit and look at Instagram on my phone without feeling guilty. There were a couple of tantrums from the three year old, but nothing I couldn’t handle. We took a break for coffee and cake in the afternoon and they didn’t moan when I told them they had to share a cake between the three of them and have water to drink. On leaving I let them look in the gift shop and told them I wasn’t buying anything and they didn’t moan once. We then took a walk in the fresh air before going back to the car and they let me take a lovely photo of the three of them, again no fuss!
There was no Daddy this evening as he is working away and I was feeling tired and dreading the dinner / bedtime routine on my own but I needn’t have worried, they ate their dinner without complaints and I told the girls that once I’d put Little Boy to bed we could snuggle up and watch a film together.
While we were choosing a film, Little Boy started to cry and Miss J went to settle him. 15 minutes into the film and he appeared downstairs, complaining that as it was still light outside it was still morning! Instead of taking him back to bed like I normally would, I invited him to snuggle up on the sofa with us and watch a film. Which he did – and he sort of sat still too! After the film was finished Miss J asked for hot milk and buttery toast so we all went into the kitchen while I prepared them the snack. The lights were on low and they were so sweet sitting on the high chairs at the breakfast table in the evening light, I just looked at them and thought what a perfect day it had been. What a transformation from the morning where I’d been shouting about all the dinosaurs and cars left all over the house and how long it had taken them to get dressed. We’d managed to pull the day back from the brink and it felt so good! So the children didn’t go to sleep until nearly 10 o’clock at night but they went to bed with full tummies and happy hearts and that makes it the perfect day in my eyes.
This was one of those days that I want to remember, I want to take screenshots in my mind and remember that no matter how bad a day starts off, you can always turn it around.