A cosy Sunday passes and it’s been great.

Hello,

Today has been great. I can’t say that we have done anything particularly exciting, but I am going to insist that it has still been great. In a sea of monotony where the girls have been relentlessly fighting, this day has felt like a ray of sunlight. Lately most days after less than half an hour of being up, the fighting begins or just general bad behaviour. It has felt like an hourly countdown until bedtime.

Often even bedtime hasn’t been a release. It has felt like without much sleep the cycle repeats itself, and in case holding on to my temper and sanity wasn’t enough on its own, with what has felt like psychological warfare. Viruses, various coughs, colds and infections have also added to the fray. Everybody’s tempers have been on edge and tensions have been high. My husband and I, have felt like ships that have been passing in the night in enemy waters.

Marble Cake. Perfect for a Sunday.
Marble Cake. Perfect for a Sunday.

But after a rocky start to last night, everybody eventually got a good nights sleep. What a difference it made. Both of the little pigs woke up in a good mood, and the day continued on as it began. There was some squabbling don’t get me wrong, but it wasn’t incessant.

Amazing how many uses a tarpaulin sheet can have.
Amazing how many uses a tarpaulin sheet can have.

I did painting with my eldest whilst my youngest went swimming with her Daddy. It was great spending some one on one time. It did the both of us the world of good. We used a tarpaulin as a makeshift table cover for crafts. And seeing as the official paint pots I have are a pain in the backside to wash. I doubled up my glass pots that no longer see much use, now that I’m not weaning children on to solid food. My eldest loves crafts, even from a young age it has held her attention.

My husband and youngest arrived home after swimming in good spirits. A bike ride/dog walk in the bright wintery sunshine, only improved our spirits further. Soon afterwards, my husband left for his overnight shift in Bristol. I’d agreed to make a cake with the girls but ‘P’ quickly fell asleep on the sofa, which left me with ‘E’.

The best part of cake making. Licking out the bowl.
The best part of cake making. Licking out the bowl.

‘E’ finally made an appearance just as the cake went into the oven. Seeing that ‘P’ was snoring on the sofa. I needed to keep ‘E’ entertained, so we planted some egg cress in eggshells. That took all of five minutes. Next I tried to rope her into making dinner with me, but she promptly lost interest. A few minutes later poor ‘P’ was awake, happily she was relatively good natured about it. In fact a peaceful late afternoon/evening ensued where they happily read books (no pages torn or ripped out either). How exciting!

Egg Cress in Eggshells.
Egg Cress in Eggshells.

Dinner was in the oven. A new recipe I found on a great blog; healthylittlefoodies. A vegetarian lasagne. It was actually really yummy, and funnily enough tasted like lasagne. I made the white sauce as I always did. The red sauce by the time I had finished chucking in my usual herbs and spices, smelt and looked bar the meat part like my lasagne. A side of vegetables, some garlic bread and it was a tasty meal. Both of the little pigs demolished theirs.

Lentil Lasagne.
Lentil Lasagne.

Bedtime went well after their bath. I had meant to write this much earlier in the evening, but ‘E’ woke up teething. She screamed so loud I’m pretty sure she woke the dead. She definitely woke her sister who screamed. There is nothing like both kids in full on meltdown to cause chaos. My own fault really for having plans this evening once I had put them to bed.

Did you have a great Sunday too?

Speak to you soon.

Wishing you well.

Stay At Home Piggy

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