It's been a lovely quiet week in our house over the past few days. At the start of the week, I managed to run a few errands, yesterday the girls and I took advantage of the warmth and sunny weather and had a picnic lunch by the river and today we had friends over for lunch and a play. A nice balanced week in my books.
Along the way however, there's been a few blunders and lessons learnt. Perhaps by recording them here, I'll be less likely to make the same mistakes again...
Lesson #1... Trying to cook when Sophie is napping and therefore choosing to not use a kitchen timer is not wise. It usually leads to something being overcooked or burnt which was the case not once, but twice this week. Not wanting to risk waking her, I thought I'd be safe without the oven timer. However, a burnt quiche and an overcooked cake proved this wasn't a good idea.
Lesson #2... Leaving the task of wrapping birthday presents until the last minute only leads to tears. A while back, I thought I'd be organized and ordered a cute print off Etsy for a friend's upcoming birthday. I was excited about being able to wrap it prettily and looking forward to giving it to my friend tomorrow morning when we are meeting for coffee. However, as I went to put the print into the frame tonight, I found the one I'd bought wouldn't fit properly. Fortunately my friend knows me well and will understand my mortification at not having her present ready to give her tomorrow. I just wish I'd put her gift together a fortnight ago when I initially bought it.
On a side note, if you're looking for cute tags to add that perfect finishing touch to a gift, check out the ones above by Sarah of Molly's Maison - so pretty!
Lesson #3... Trying to run an errand during the chaotic period after five o'clock is not ever going to work. Last night, I thought I could leave the girls with Paul and pop down to the shops to pick up a few things quickly in between feeding the girls and dishing up our own tea. However, queues are always longer than expected, parking spaces hard to find and consequently, the whole nighttime routine ends up being pushed back later and children become even more ratty than they already are at the end of the day.
How about you? Any lessons you've had to learn the hard way this week?