Wednesday started like any other day. It was hectic, I was struggling to get everyone ready to leave the house and then it turned into an amazing day, just like that.
It was one of those days when everything just seems to come together like a dream. No tantrums, no snappy mummy in sight, no little accidents, no moaning on the way to school. The sun was shining, I enjoyed every minute spent with my children and the little ones had a great day. We were all in a merry mood.
It all began with a text message from my friend Loraine inviting Crevette and Beanie to a two-night sleepover at the week-end. I could hardly believe it. I had been given the gift of time! It is the best present anyone could give me right now, with five weeks to go before Wriggly is due. I could feel the weight of my unpreparedness start to lift away.
When I dropped Crevette at school, my friend Aimee offered to keep Beanie with her so she could play with her little man. That meant I only had to take Jumpy with me to get my whooping cough injection. I would not have to get Beanie to run through town to get there on time. I enjoyed the walk and Jumpy was giggling at people on the way. I felt refreshed and relaxed.
When Jumpy and I got home after our long walk, I had received email messages confirming that Beanie’s pre-school offers had worked out just the way we wanted; with one full day in her current pre-school close to work, and three afternoon sessions at our local school, which Crevette attends. I did not think the pieces of the puzzle would fit together, but they did!
I even had a few minutes to play with Jumpy before Aimee and the children came home. All three played beautifully in the bedroom whilst Aimee and I managed to catch up and chat for an hour or so, before having lunch all together.
After Aimee had taken Beanie and her little man to pre-school, Jumpy had a nap and I turned on my laptop. I had lots of Twitter notifications from blogger friends about the Brilliance in Blogging awards. I was delighted so many of the blogs I read regularly had been shortlisted and I congratulated them. Victoria told me I was on the list too, in the food category! I could not believe my eyes, and thought it was a mistake.
I checked the shortlist on BritMums’ website and when I clicked on the link to ‘Le Coin de Mel’, it really took me to my blog! I was astounded to say the least! I am a keen cook and I am honoured to be in the same category as so many amazing food bloggers. Posting my favourite family recipes is a lot of fun and devising recipes that cater for my toddler’s multiple allergies has been incredibly therapeutic. Thank you so much to everyone who took the time to nominate my little blog in the first place.
I recognised most blog names on that shortlist; they are amazing and I admire them all! Some of them are an inspiration to new bloggers like me, others write the best recipes around. A few of them are food styling icons. I even consider some of them my friends, through our regular commenting on each other’s blogs, little messages on Twitter and trying each other’s recipes.
That day kept getting better and better. I even managed to empty the dryer and fold clothes before I picked up Crevette and Beanie, and had a lovely chat on the phone with my friend Cé!
The children played nicely after school, ate every last bite of their dinner. Hubby was there, too as he had managed to come home from work in time for us to eat all together. The children ended their day with their much-loved bubble machine in the bath, all three of them squealing with delight for ages; hubby and I watching them, smiling.
Not all days work out that well, but that was such a perfect day…