My changing relationship with my children. I'm not sure when this phase started, but I'm so loving the time we are spending together. I have noticed that now they are older and don't have to, or need to be with me all of the time - they each choose to do something different with me.
Lucy chooses to join me on the sofa to watch our favourite TV programmes. She is a wonderful companion and enjoys the same programmes as me. We settle down - she at one end of the sofa and me at the other and work our way through our Sky+ planner. Current favourites are; Big Brother (yeah I know I shouldn't admit to that one); Britain and America's Next Top Model; Brothers & Sisters; & Tribal Wives. Mmm.. a large clutch of reality shows in there. Before leaving the house in the morning we discuss what we will watch later that day so we have something to look forward to. Ha! And I'm admitting to this...aren't we sad! I know it will change soon and she will be off doing more exciting things so I'm enjoying every programme pause (with Sky+ you can pause and rewind live TV - pure brilliance) to discuss plots, nasty behaviour, dresses, houses and hairstyles. She and I also 'do' tearooms but that's another story.
Tom chooses to spend time with me last thing at night just as I am about to turn off my bedside light. He will suddenly appear at the side of the bed and I have to try and unpick his man/boy worries/thoughts as they are being hesitantly told to me without being tempted to say, "Could we have this conversation in the morning?" We share the same sense of humour and he often seeks me out to show me something funny on YouTube and it brings me great joy to watch him laugh which I wish he did more of because it suits him.
Alice is my supermarket buddy. She enjoys coming to Sainsburys with me and chooses do it every week. I took this photo in 2007 whilst she browsed the Valentine's cards and it made me smile as it was the first time she had shown an interest in Valentine's Day. I can't get over how young she looks and it was only last year. She is a big help to me and is capable of doing the weekly shop herself though we would end up with a trolley of junk food if she had her way. Gosh that girl likes her food, especially sweets. Again, it's lovely to spend the time with her especially if we go to the cafe first.
So while I do miss those babies of mine I am enjoying this part of my motherhood journey, despite the pick-ups at 1am. I learn a lot from each of them and am grateful they seek out my company to do those different things.
Tomorrow, Anth, Lucy and I are heading up to the Ludlow Festival and on Friday night will be going to watch Shakespeare's Richard III performed in the Castle grounds - fingers crossed the weather will be good. I'm hoping for some good treasure hunting too. Back on Sunday. Go well my friends.