finished the quilt! And thanks to a few hints and tips from Dancingstar I managed to do it without a single stitch of the dreaded handsewing (for which I am truly thankful, because it was a really long way around that binding even on a machine – if I’d had to do it by hand, it would have taken me weeks!)
I’m quite proud of my efforts:
I’ve had the kids staying with me for a few days – Brother and SIL were going up to Blenheim for a wedding, so they dropped the kids off with me on their way through on Thursday night (I took Friday off work), and picked them up again on their way home on Saturday afternoon. It’s the first time I’ve had all three kids to stay on their own, and it went really well – we had loads of fun, they were (mostly) really well behaved, and I was utterly shattered by the end of the visit. We went swimming (even though the city council chose that day to shut down all the hydroslides and outdoor pools at Jellie Park for some reason), explored Riccarton Mall, made popcorn and watched a DVD (in lieu of going to a movie, because there was nothing showing that the boys wanted to see that was age-appropriate for Niece), played Playstation games, and of course, spent many many hours playing Minecraft. And Niece and I even fitted in a visit to the playground and feeding the ducks while the boys were still fast asleep on Friday morning.
Things I learnt:
- Distances increase exponentially when walking with children. Jellie Park is a very long way away.
- When you haven’t been swimming in years, even mucking around in the learners’ pool with a 4 year old uses a lot of muscles you forgot you had.
- The learners’ pool is very shallow, and is very sore on the knees every time you forget that fact.
- Jellie Park is a very very very long way away when you’re carrying home a 4 year old who was so tired she fell asleep over her lunch after spending the morning swimming.
- The best way to get an overtired but determined not to miss out on anything 4 year old to go to bed is to pretend that everyone is going to bed straight after dinner because we’re all so tired (yawn, yawn), wait 5 minutes after her head hits the pillow until she’s fast asleep, then return to playing Minecraft with the boys.
- There is no effective way to get the boys to go to bed. It’s easiest just to give up and go to bed yourself and leave them playing Minecraft. They’ll either eventually put themselves to bed, or they’ll fall asleep at the computer.
- The best way to get the house tidy at the end of a visit is to tell the kids they can’t play Minecraft until their sleeping bags and camp stretchers are folded up and put away, their bags are repacked, and the breakfast dishes are done. Suddenly they become super-efficient workers!
- The downside of utterly spoiling the kids by letting them eat takeaways and junk food for every meal is that you have to eat it too, so by Saturday night you’ll be seriously craving a salad.