As I mentioned before, we started the holiday by doing our regular blitz of the two littlest Lockets' bedroom - I don't know how they do it but it gets absolutely horrendous to the point where you can't get in to tuck them up at night and it is such a huge job to tackle that I keep putting it off and focus on my crafting instead! (I really am a very "untidy mummy") But now it is lovely and tidy - and really quite a big room. And did you know, it actually has a laminate floor in too - I'd forgotten that!
This is the children "helping" to sort the clean washing yesterday morning - I have to admit that it had been accumulating in a corner for a while!
Mr Locket and I are constantly trying to get across to the children that much as we all hate tidying, it is so much easier to have fun in a tidy house, and this week seems to be proving me right.
Daisy and Fred have played so happily in their tidy bedroom and were able to have Patti's children round to play yesterday. And Patti and I were able to sit downstairs in peace doing our knitting whilst Dorothy typed a fantastic story on the computer and the four little ones played happily upstairs.
And with the sitting/dining room tidy too we have been able to extend the table to it's longest length to give them plenty of room for crafting.
We had a lovely afternoon today listening to Kim Wilde (the first album I bought as a child) whilst the children did their sewing and knitting and I sorted and ironed through a box of my best fabrics choosing different combinations for the wallets I plan to put in Etsy later in the week.
We managed to keep the telly off and just enjoy being together while doing our own things.
At the beginning of the holiday we made a "fun list" of the things the children would like to do this week (on the condition that we got their bedrooms tidy first of course!!!) and one of them was "go to the beach".
So even though it was freeeeeeeeezing cold we combined picking daddy up from work with a trip to the beach in South Shields
(Ok, so I had a little taste but not too much as I only lost half a pound at WW today - grrrrrrrr!)
I heard today that Gemma my swap partner has received her parcel and loves it - it is such a relief when you are sending something handmade to hear that it has arrived! Keep letting me know when yours arrive too.
Off to do some more knitting while the children sew and watch a film before bedtime.