I declared Monday a lazy day. This usually involves lounging around in our pyjamas for as long as possible. It was not as long as I would have liked it to be because I had to drop Annie off at a friends house for some playtime and ballet dancing in the morning. Annie is practicing for her grade 3 exam in March. She has got quite a few exams under her belt (grade exams and standard exams) and is rather chilled about this all. She is a solid "merit" student and I am proud of her. The little creatures spent the rest of the morning playing the Wii and Sam never got out of bed until lunchtime. I managed to fold and tidy all the washing and do all the other
For Tuesday we planned a trip to Edinburgh. Off peak train tickets are cheap and we crossed the country for £30 pounds only. I like a bargain. I also discovered that we could travel from our local train station to Edinburgh without changing the train. Easy. We went with my friend Christine and her two children. It was much colder on the East coast than here in Glasgow. Amazing what difference 50 miles can make. It was also somewhat brighter, which made for a change. We visited the Museum of Scotland, which was amazing. It had recently been completely refurbished and updated. There is something for everybody: culture, technology, space, engineering and more. Naturally with two little boys I spent most of the time with the bones and stuffed animals. And the museum shop. The big ones were exploring the museum on their own, except Sam, who quite likes the bones, too.
Next, we discovered a joke shop where we spent another good while choosing something funny. Stretchy men, finger rockets and invisible pens and stuff like that. Annie was tempted by vomit flavoured sweets but decided against buying them in the end. Phew.
We wondered the streets to go to the Camera Obscura but lost track of time. There was not really enough time for a proper visit to the rather pricey attraction but we spent some time being silly with the distorting mirrors outside.
On Wednesday we went to the cinema to see the new Lego movie. It was as good as you can expect a Lego movie to be and the children all liked it. We went early to exchange our Tesco vouchers for cinema tickets and then lunched in style at Burger King. A rare "treat". We had some spare time before the film and spent some time at Waterstone's. We left with books and plastic dinosaurs. Being a doting mother I refrained from abandoning the children and browse the craft book section for while.
The rest of the holiday was uneventful, James and Alistair played with their dinosaurs and toy quad bikes. I am not sure they realise that quad bikes and dinosaurs never co-existed but they probably should have, some great playing going on. Sam and Annie are reading their books and Annie is planning dinner. I was going to make a smoked haddock and water cress tart and a spinach tart but realised that we run out of milk and I forgot to defrost the smoked haddock.
Tomorrow the schools are back, we only get three days off at half term. Annie has her spring disco, formerly Valentine's disco. It can no longer be called Valentines disco because apparently some children will be upset if they don't have a valentine to go to the disco with. Really? What a load of nonsense and so typical of our times. But I must not start ranting here.
I am hoping to go to a disco ceilidh on Saturday, if I have any energy left and if I can talk anyone into joining me. Possibly Annie. My friend Kat organises traditional ceilidh dances with a modern twist. I love ceilidh dancing because it is ok to be clumsy and out of sync. There is usually a dance caller who shouts out what do and when. My favourite dance is the "stripping the willow". Children learn the traditional dances at school here, which I think is great.
Last news of the day: we have a new baby boy in the family! My lovely cousin Melis gave birth to a little boy, Simon, this morning. I am soooo happy! I finished his wee cardigan just in time and will share this masterpiece with you soon. Enjoy the rest of your week. Cx