One. Of. Those. Days: The benefit of having a Plan B
I had today all planned out:
- Lazy morning.
- Do the food shopping.
- Go to Gamma’s house for lunch to see her, Gampa, and my sister to catch up after their holiday.
- Meet Rachel and Bonnie there.
- Have a few hours there and come back home to make dinner.
It started OK, but you know what they say about the best laid plans. Yep. It quickly descended into chaos. Ava had already chosen her clothes the night before, and piled them up neatly on her bed.
She got herself dressed all by herself, which was lovely.
Thea took it upon herself to choose her own outfit. She unfortunately picked the drawer with the nursery clothes, so didn’t have much to choose from apart from stained t-shirts and jogging bottoms. She did find a dress from somewhere though.
After breakfast, I made my list, and planned out the meals for the week. I’m rarely organised enough to do this, so I was feeling quite pleased with myself, especially when I got my reusable shopping bags too.
Then. No keys. They weren’t in my handbag. They weren’t in my other two handbags. They were not on the hooks. They weren’t in the nappy bag. I called Ryan who is at work 40 miles away. Yep, I left them in his car. Brilliant.
Cue major melt down from Ava as she is desperate to see Gamma, Gampa and Debs. Then Thea joins in. All I can say is sorry, I’m a silly mummy, sometimes we all make mistakes. I text my sister and luckily they can come over to our house, but it doesn’t help Ava as she wants to see them nooooow!
I remembered my emergency holiday survival kit. Never had I needed it more. I chose the dolls house furniture. I sat Thea on my knee and we unwraped it. I noticed this quote on the back:
They were kind of fiendish to put together, but the girls loved pressing the foam bits out (I did the plywood as it was a bit hard and there were a few sharp bits) and sticking the stickers on. Then Ava asked if I had a box. I didn’t as the recycling men came today, but she ran into the lounge and came back with an IKEA box we use for the Duplo, and started colouring it in.
The only problem is, we can’t find the Sylvanian Families now… I’m really hoping they haven’t been taken into the garden as I don’t think they like the rain! We only did the living room furniture and I have saved the dining table for another day.
After lunch, Rachel and Bonnie came over. They wanted snacks. I promised them popcorn as I didn’t have much else, as I had been planning to go food shopping. Also it’s one of their favourite snacks. The popcorn kernels were nowhere to be found. ARGH! Luckily I found some breadsticks. Or at least I found a breadstick box, filled with random hair clips, colouring pencils, and a crown. Standard.Luckily I did have a new box in the cupboard, phew, crisis averted!
Then my parents and Debbie came over, fortunately, as Ava was going a bit crazy being cooped up all day and we managed to get them all smiling at once, for once!
So Ava kept her wings on all day! That’s commitment. And I finished off my emergency Hobnobs. It helped. As Anne of Green Gables said, “Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?”