What is it about the sun making a reappearance that makes us all want to clean and de-clutter?
I LOVE a declutter! My husband on the other hand is a bit of a hoarder but he will argue that he cleans better than me! Well, he is welcome to do the cleaning, but all I get chance to do most days is just try to keep the house looking tidy and do what he calls 'tickle the dust'. He can however disappear in the en-suite for an hour cleaning it, and there's only a shower, toilet and sink in there!
Throwing things away however, I could do all day, but maybe it's the buying of new stuff I also enjoy??!
I've had a huge clear out of the kitchen cupboards this week and thrown away (or taken to charity) all the pans, and other kitchen contraptions that we don't use. We had THREE blenders and TWO food mixers! WHY?!
I can also clear away our Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep machine too now, as Sophie has taken to whole milk now instead of her Aptamil. I know it's from 12 months they can have whole milk, but she's 11 months and 1 week now and I'm not going to tell anyone, as long as you don't?! Who knows what trouble I would be in!
Despite Sophie still on having 2 teeth, she eats 'normal' food really well. Up until now, she's had Ella's Kitchen meals but she definitely doesn't seem as interested in them anymore so it also feels good to not have to continue buying them and Aptamil!
Just to add to the mayhem or re-organising and de-cluttering, we have a water leak! Our house is coming up to 3 years old now so luckily still under warranty with Barratt Homes. We noticed that the carpet was damp in the hall yesterday morning but I thought I had given Sophie a little too much nappy free time and so I just mopped it up!
However it seemed to get wetter. Then I realised it was also wet under the stairs! Later on, also in the living room! Following a bit of detective work, the plumber established we have a leaky pipe behind the toilet upstairs. I think we're going to need a new carpet in the hall, in the living room, the utility ceiling needs re-plastering as well as the hallway. Two doors downstairs have 'blown' due to water damage and it also looks like the skirting boards have done the same. The tiles in the bathroom upstairs may need to come off so hopefully they can still source the same ones! I am so pleased that the house still has warranty so it's their problem to sort!
Today without water, with a 3 year old and an almost 1 year old who has recently mastered walking has been hard! Harry just wants to go to the places he's not allowed and Sophie also doesn't like not having the freedom of walking where she wants to walk. They have just started playing so nicely together too, so being restrained in the 'dry zone' today has been frustrating for them both!
Harry resorted to having a nap on the sofa, which Sophie finds funny. She's always tries her hardest to wake him up when he naps in the day, usually teasing him by waving one of his toys, particularly his newest toy in his face until he open his eyes and realises what she's doing! Ha Ha!
She got herself a funny personality, mainly copied from her brother! She loves him so much (apart from when he stands on her sleepsuit feet and she can't work out why she can't move!).
Me and Paul actually had 24 hours away from them last weekend (the first 24 hours alone since before Harry was born!). It was like a body and mind Spring Clean.
I found it amazing to realise how mentally switched on I am all the time. Even when they are both asleep or both at nursery, I'm must still be subconsciously thinking about what they have done, what they are going to do/need next, what they need later and tomorrow etc. etc. Knowing that they were both being looked after, I was really able to relax my mind properly. We visited Ludlow for the day and spent the evening and night at The Clive. The weather was beautiful and we were able to have a leisurely lunch in a cafe, walk SLOWLY around the town and browsed around a few shops. However, the only three items I bought was a coat and t-shirt for Harry and cute little dress for Sophie! Ha Ha! I can't get them totally out of my mind!
Where we stayed that evening was perfect. Despite having a weekend off family duties, we ended up getting the family room as it was the last they had, but it was quiet with a great atmosphere, we had amazing food both in the evening and breakfast the next morning. We will definitely return!
We are back to reality now though with our babies and I wouldn't have it any other way!