Turn the routine on its head

“Bath before dinner”, I hear them cry, how exciting! Just turning the simplest little things on their head will bring oodles of joy. Take today for example, rather than marching home straight after school like every other day of the week, I suggested we go and get an ice cream from the shop and eat it in the park. The response was whoops of glee. The norm being briskly swept to one side to make way for a spontaneous family treat. Hurrah !! The hardest decision being of course what to have ? Cornetto, twister, malteser lolly, calipo or mini milk !!! Oh my goodness, the choice was almost too much!!!! In the end, my son plumped for the twister which he handled with great skill I must say and my daughter tried the malteser one. Yum yum!!!! Note to self , I must try the new Raspberry Magnum that’s gone on sale next time. What’s not to like about that!!!!!! Mmmmmmmmmm 🙂

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Get Grandpa to pop over for a surprise visit

Our children’s grandparents don’t live close by and perhaps pop down once every couple of months or so. So imagine the sheer joy and excitement of a surprise visit from Grandpa or equally a family friend or godparent. Today we had just that, a surprise visit from the ‘prickly-chinned Grandpa’ passing by on a business trip who stopped in for a play. It was ‘wall to wall’ joy and the children were so delighted to see him. It was really special. Their little faces when they saw him at the window. Bless em. Out came their drawings, books, puzzles, dressing up outfits, show ideas. They reveled in the attention and entertained themselves and him for over an hour. What fun and then it was time to go.  What a perfect interlude. Thanks Grandpa. Come and surprise us again soon. xxx