Friday we started our day at the usual time, kids waking at around seven in the morning. We had breakfast, the kids played while I cleaned up. Once we were all ready we took a drive to our local town centre.
I took them to the play area and they had a ball, it was the first time I really saw my son so extremely excited and happy to be playing with the older kids. He is a little fire ball, laughing with his mouth open extra wide, clapping his hands and bending his knees up and down. It was pure joy, and it was so special to me to watch him. He is so lovely.
Sophia enjoyed herself and made a few friends. She met a little boy called Daniel. When she told him her daddy’s name was Daniel too, she had the biggest grin on her face. She was very proud of this fact. She loves her daddy.
I remember as a child no one had my name, as it is quite unusual, I would get so excited when I met someone who had the same name as my parents or a friend of mine. Not that amazing I know, but in the mind of a child things always seems a lot more exciting, I always remember feeling like this. So when I was next to Sophia as she spoke to the little boy I too felt her pride, that her dad had the same name. It was a sweet moment. And of course my girly Sophia did the giggle and the lean into me, looking me in the eyes to say “mum he has the same name as dad!”… “How cool is that”. After she found out his name I noticed her little eyes follow him round as he played and when we were getting our shoes on to leave she watched him go, looking at me. Somehow I think it is hard to grasp for kids when they meet someone who they share similarities with like personality or a name for example, and that they probably won’t see that person again.
As adults we do this everyday and we don’t bat an eyelid, but for a child meeting someone they share a commonality with it quite a big thing and one they will probably remember for weeks.
What I suppose I am trying to say here is how such a small thing can be such a big thing to a child and I saw that in this moment with Sophia.
After the play area we went to Pret for lunch, my personal favourite. The food is always so yummy and fresh, been made on the day of serving. I love this about Pret and I love the food they offer.
We met my sister in law and her daughter for lunch and the children all enjoyed each other’s company so much. We then took them back to play, and the three of them took over the play area and literally had a ball doing so! Archie was trying to steal a little boys hat, which didn’t go down to well, and of course doing it once was not enough. I think the boy felt somewhat violated as he didn’t re enter the play area afterwards, poor thing, I think his hat was his security blanket, and Archie the little monkey kept trying to get to him, over and over. It was fun trying to prevent him from leaving the play area for the hat! Not!
later that afternoon, I took Sophia to the Dr. – we are now waiting on an ENT appointment for her as she has bad breathing, sleep apnea etc. Poor lady. Dreading this next journey in her life, (as I think it is ultimately going to lead to surgery) but I am trying to stay as positive as I can about it for now.
We then went to the in laws for a lovely roast dinner. It was an absolute treat having a roast on a Friday. Thank you very much.
Friday was a good day. Having ended it with worn out kiddos and an extremely satisfied and full belly, I don’t think I could of had a better Friday.