Friday 16 March 2012: Subtle...
749/365: ... as a brick is my Maddy.
So... some background. I normally work from home on Fridays a) because the 3 - 4 hours of driving I do a day absolutely wrecks me and b) because I have so many meetings during the week, it's a struggle to fit in the reading / writing I have to do. Which makes Friday my little island of calm in a busy week. Apart from today when there was an inset day at school. Today, they were home. The noise monkeys.
This isn't a problem normally - they generally occupy themselves and are pretty good. But today I had to run a webinar (on my list of most hated words) and needed to concentrate and use a mic that would have picked up any kiddie squabbling / squealing in the background. So the kids were on strict instruction not to disturb me while I was doing the webinar.
Naturally, I did what all really great parents do and plonked them in front of a film half an hour before the start (awards self a parenting medal) so that I could get my stuff ready. This all worked out fine... until I realised that the webinar started half an hour later than I thought and my precision timing with the film wasn't going to work out and it would end ever so slightly early. Which it did... and which meant the kids were on the loose while I was busy.
To their credit, they were really good. They were quiet and pottered about. But they obviously still wanted me to get the message so Maddy wrote this running entry of their whinges... walked in... and plonked it on my desk in front of me. And me, left hiding the giggles as I'm attempting to be professional. Eeek!
'I'm bored, when's lunch, what are you doing, when are you finished...' this is what runs through a child's head. ALL the time. To anyone with a new baby... enjoy the bit where they can't talk. THIS is what they do when they can. Like Chinese water torture. Boredtiredhungryboredtiredhungryboredtiredhungry...
Ah well. They have been good as gold really! Though I did go to hang out the washing and find that nearly all the pegs had gone. They turned up in the veggie patch where the kids had improvised a clothes line with a cane and some wool... and hung up beetroot and cabbage leaves with my pegs along the length of it. Oh, and Felix has also been dressed as a girl most of the day by Maddy who's decided he should be called Felicity. He obediently let her have a ponytail put in his hair. Dressed in flowery leggings. And sparkly sandals.
PS I have pictures
PPS I'm not afraid to use them
PPPS Kids... you know the bit where you pestered me into oblivion?
PPPPS Revenge is sweet...