18 Days of Summer #5
Today was an interesting day, as somehow our Tax Credit renewal form had never been sent to us. Therefore, we obviously hadn’t sent it back. So our Child Tax Credits hadn’t gone in. We had to get the car fixed last week, so you can imagine, this didn’t put us in good stead for days out with 4 children. We barely had enough to buy nappies for the baby that had run out. After some interesting phone calls, my inlaws to the rescue, lending us what HMRC would reinstate in a few weeks once we’ve had the form etc and got it back to them. However, we didn’t have money until later in the afternoon when they had transferred it so we scaled back our ideas for the day.
In the morning (before I realised we were running out of nappies) I was driving my Mum to work (we’re staying at her home) and thought it would be a good time to grab some one on one time with Isis. I asked James if he minded us having an hour, he replied, ‘of course not,’ so off I went with Isis.
We went to Costa as it had a free car park right outside. I got my usual Decaf Gingerbread Latte and Isis tried a ‘Sticky Toffee Creamy Cooler’ she let me have a sip, way too sickly for me but she loved it.
Normally, in a ‘Just the 2 of us’ post I would have more pictures and what we chatted about. Isis and I ended up having a very personal conversation, she offloaded something she had been carrying around for 3 years and broke down on me in the middle of Costa. It was so sad, but also very precious that we were able to bond on an even deeper level. As you can appreciate, this blog is for them, and some things are just meant to be shared between
stepmum and daughter.
My sister contacted me whilst in Costa (she lives around the corner) and came to meet us as we finished up so she could get a lift back with us to spend some time with the children. On the way back we nipped to the Pharmacy, I had taken a picture of Judah’s face. He’d fallen the day before and below the little graze on his face was slightly raised, red and warm. After Eden having had cellulitis twice, I just wanted to check it wasn’t worrying. The pharmacist advised me it was probably normal, and he’d just grazed it over more surface area than I thought and to keep my eye on it. When I got back I did the usual mum trick and smothered it in sudocrem (again), it did look better later in the day, so my heart was at peace.
We spent some time debating what we could do with no money, the babies were all napping, so rather than the girls just watch television we decided to play the ‘Game of Life’ this was great. I meant to capture a photo of the carnage on the table, but was just enjoying being with the children so much, I forgot. I love making memories for them, but sometimes you just don’t want to be the lady with the camera in her hand all the time. I want to be in the moment with them, as well as capturing it for them, there is definitely a fine line and I am still learning this balance.
Once the babies were awake, and I had annihilated everybody in the Game of Life we had some tortilla wraps for lunch and then went off to the park again. This time Judah and Eden were awake and could join in.
In the evening I had planned for us to all have Fajitas. James cooked for us all, I’m very lucky, and the food was massively enjoyed by all.
What’s your favourite dinner to come home to after a day in the summer sun? Comment below.