Pictures of Abbie eating jelly and cream while playing with her dough...it gets wrapped and unwrapped and rolled and squashed. She loves searching the utensil drawer to find numerous pairs of tongs to play with. She wears oliver + s Bubble dress made by me, more about that here.
"My hands were busy through the day, I didn't have much time to play..."
Mum reminded me of this poem that other day while I was busy in the kitchen and Abbie was playing on her own. The words bring tears to my eyes.
If the house is not tidy throughout the day, does it really matter? One tidy up at the end of the day will surely do, won't it? If that doesn't get done, then we can just do it together in the morning. If I only get downstairs to do one load of washing do you think it will be okay?
I am letting go a little. Of my house being tidy; my laundry basket empty; my emails marked with replies; sewing projects completed and many other things on my list of to dos. I am making room for more time to just be with my girls. Having a tea party with Abbie or folding the washing together. Little things where the beauty is in the sharing and giving of our time.
Expecting less of myself each day, makes sitting down changing Molly's outfit for the fifth time just that little easier.
Tonight Abbie ask me to lay down beside her in bed. I was feeling exhausted after the dinner/ bath/ feed Milly routine and started to say 'Mummy has to go and start her jobs....' and stopped. I lay beside her and held her while she drifted off to sleep.