Ava, Make & Do, My Favourite Family, Thea

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.

A T-shirt, vest, knickers and socks, dancing skirt, floral waistcoat, floral headband and ... wings.

A t-shirt, vest, knickers and socks, dancing skirt, floral waistcoat, floral headband and… wings.

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.

The contents of Thea's drawer

It’s lovely that she’s taking an interest in her clothes, but… I could do without the mess!

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. Text messages to my sisterI 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:

Quote from Saul Steinberg

Very appropriate for a rainy day with kids!

Tiger dolls' house furniture kits

These kits from Tiger are ingenious but took a while to make, as the pieces don’t fit together quite right. But it was only £2 and Ava loves it, so I’m not complaining!

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.

Cardboard box dolls' house

Ava did all the decoration herself and then set up the furniture.

Ava's cardboard box dolls' house

She even managed to draw them a rainbow wall decoration, upside down!

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.A breadstick box filled with hair clips and colouring pencilsLuckily 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!

Thea, Debbie, Bonnie and Ava

Thea, Debbie, Bonnie and Ava

Because I had planned to go food shopping, dinner was… pasta. Again. Oh well, at least they actually ate it!Thea enjoying spaghetti

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?”

Tuesday Twinkler
Best of Worst


  1. Caro | The Twinkles Mama

    5th October 2015 at 8:23 pm

    Aah some days my Plan B is replaced with plan C, plan D, or even plan E!! Sometimes, I think, it’s just not worth making any plans at all!! Thank you so much for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday

    1. Becky Pink

      5th October 2015 at 8:25 pm

      Ha ha I know that feeling! I had one of them today when my four year old woke me up at 8am. We need to leave by half past. Panic stations!! Xx

  2. optrixxaris1

    29th September 2015 at 11:09 pm

    Been there, done that – ended up using the spare key and visit hubby at work to let me back in lol. #TwinklyTuesday

    1. Becky Pink

      30th September 2015 at 9:19 am

      Good work, I wish we could have done that but my husband
      works an hour and a half away sadly! x

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  4. Michelle Murray

    16th September 2015 at 8:33 pm

    aww I have been in this situation too many times. Most of our days are like this at the moment so I do always have a back up plan. It sounds like you had a lovely ‘plan B’ day anyway and I love the little house, its so cute #ToddlersAndTeens

    1. Becky Pink

      16th September 2015 at 8:38 pm

      Thanks Michelle, the house has gained a dining room now! X

  5. nicolasimplyhomemade

    10th September 2015 at 9:53 pm

    Oh gosh, so many days don’t go to plan, fair play to you having a back up plan though, looks and sounds like they had great fun and didn’t the do a great job? Pasta is always my go to in an emergency!
    Your girls are gorgeous 🙂 (I love that your little one kept her wings on all day, my girl I convinced she’s a real life fairy, we often see her sporting wings too 🙂 )

    1. Becky Pink

      10th September 2015 at 9:56 pm

      Thank you, sometimes I wonder if we will turn into pasta, we eat so much of it! I think I will be sad when the girls don’t want to be fairies anymore, though I do have the fear about them jumping off something high, thinking they can actually fly! Xx

  6. Sarah Howe (@RunJumpScrap)

    14th August 2015 at 9:39 pm

    Oh you still make your days seems so creative and organised despite it going wrong! That furniture and little house was a great idea 🙂 So glad your family came over in the end and helped with the cabin fever! Thanks for sharing with #bestandworst and see you soon xx

    1. Becky Pink

      14th August 2015 at 9:41 pm

      Thanks Sarah! The mini furniture was brilliant, as are my family! So lucky to have them living so close! Xx

  7. Anonymous

    13th August 2015 at 12:20 pm

    Great post. As a father of three girls, I have definitely been right there with you in the chaos. Great job on pulling out the holiday travel kit. That sounds like a lot of fun for the kids and I might have to make something similar for mine. #bestandworst

    1. Becky Pink

      13th August 2015 at 12:29 pm

      Thanks Rob! Three girls, how wonderful. I was so happy I had that kit up my sleeve I can tell you! X

  8. Le Coin de Mel

    13th August 2015 at 10:18 am

    Awww bless them. They are so cute! I did that once, too with the keys. What a pain! Looks like you still managed to make the most of the day with the little ones. They are gorgeous!

    1. Becky Pink

      13th August 2015 at 10:26 am

      Thank you! My heart well and truly sank! But yes, we did manage to salvage the day, luckily! xx

  9. Lindsay @ Newcastle Family Life

    12th August 2015 at 9:49 pm

    At least you had a plan B I never have a plan B and always end up with a huffy toddler on my hands. What a gorgeous little house she made x

    1. Becky Pink

      12th August 2015 at 9:56 pm

      Thanks Lindsay, I was so surprised as she did it all by herself! I don’t normally have a plan B either but I think I might in the future. It’s so horrible having to back track when you’ve promised something isn’t it! xx

  10. allpastmidnight

    12th August 2015 at 4:35 pm

    Ha ha, I’ve had some days like that where nothing goes to plan. It’s impressive how adaptable you are though, and those doll house furniture kits are a brilliant idea. #bestandworst

    1. Becky Pink

      12th August 2015 at 4:37 pm

      Thank you! Some days are better than others aren’t they? Sometimes you just want to go back to bed, sadly not an option! X

  11. Sian @ QuiteFranklySheSaid

    12th August 2015 at 10:27 am

    Oh my gosh I love the little house! It reminded me that I used to make houses out of shoe boxes when I was little – which I had totally forgotten about until reading this! Anyway I hope today is a better day #bestandworst

    1. Becky Pink

      12th August 2015 at 11:07 am

      Thanks Sian, much better so far! X

  12. Mary @TheHeartyLife

    10th August 2015 at 8:47 pm

    How gorgeous is that little house she made? I love it! Sorry things didn’t go as smoothly as you had hoped/planned, its like that some days isnt it? sheeesshhhh!! Always tomorrow!

    Lovely pics x

    1. Becky Pink

      10th August 2015 at 8:49 pm

      Thanks Mary, it could have been way worse, I’m going to try and have a few emergency activities up my sleeve all the time now! Xx

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