After the first two days of the holidays I gave the children strict instructions that we were not going to have an accidents, pond dunking, bruises, bumps or falls from now on.
Day 3 was going to be a busy day in town so I didn't envisage too many problems. No water and nothing too obvious to trip over. Piece of cake!
We went into All Fired Up so the children could each paint something for my Mum's birthday. Middle has been in 3 times now and loves it. It was Girl's first time and she really enjoyed it and took a little more time and effort over her piece. We never know what to buy for my Mum so getting the children to paint something for her was perfect. She'll love them!
After that we headed into the town centre to do a bit of shopping but Middle decided to throw a paddy instead. We had time out and were thankfully distracted by the sounds of be-dom (the fab percussion group from Portugal) playing outside the town hall. The children really enjoyed it and I wish we had time to watch be-dom play at Dance East. It was quite funny seeing most of the crowd bopping away with the rhythms.
Middle was still in a grump so we grabbed an early lunch and sat beside my favourite sculpture in Ipswich (Tam) and waited for Daddy to join us for lunch.
After lunch we went to Ipswich Museum for our Jungle Safari activity. For £1.50 per child they had a great craft session making either binoculars, a camera, hat or safari scrapbook followed by 'going on safari' around the museum. A couple of my netmums were there and all the children enjoyed it. Us Mums too!
We wandered over to Christchurch Park for an ice-cream, 10 minutes on the play area and then it was time for Daddy to pick us up.
Middle & Daddy dropped me, Girl and Tidgy off at home and went to watch Motocross while Girl and I had a girly night with make up, chocolate and Gnomeo & Juliet. It was lovely but a late night meaning the children were incredibly grumpy and ill-behaved all day today.
Tidgy had his first ever haircut this morning and it didn't go well. He didn't nap on the walk up to the hairdressers so he was tired before we got there. He then spent the next 20 minutes thrashing about on my lap. Amanda did a brilliant job though and was very patient. I'm not used to the children wriggling when having a haircut as Middle and Girl have always sat really still.
After lunch my Homestart volunteer Pauline turned up and I had completely forgotten she was coming!! I would say that it's possible that it's a sign I don't need her but after all the arguing, fighting and tantrums today (and that was just me!) she is very much needed. We took the children to the park for a while in the hope they'd burn off some energy and calm down but it didn't work.
Once Pauline had gone home I decided to get the craft stuff out and we got busy until Daddy came home from work.
The children had an early night tonight in the hope that a good night's sleep will make them feel happier. Tomorrow is a long day as we're having a Netmums meet in the park with pony rides, play and a picnic. I so hope that having lots of other children to play with will keep them occupied. Clearly I'm not enough!
On top of all that I've been in a lot of pain today because of my hip dysplasia and knee problems. It's getting worse and walking is agony a lot of the time. My limp is now more pronounced than ever and lots of people are commenting on it. It's time to get back to the doctor's although I can't see what he'll do as my consultant has said nothing can be done yet. The earliest I can have a hip replacement will be at 45. Having to walk everywhere doesn't help in the long run. It may keep me active but it's so painful.
Until then I just have to keep muddling on.