I used to think I would be a fun crafty Mum, a yummy Mummy, full of energy, always making up games and fun things to do.
But then 2 kids later I am more slummy Mummy rather than yummy Mummy.
We don't do many arts and crafts, fun games, child fun days out, and this needs to change.
I think I lost my way a bit with fun parenting when I was feeling so lifeless when I was pregnant being so ill and lacking of energy last year, and I guess I've forgotten/got stuck in a rut. So I'm making a bit of a resolution to myself, from now on I'm going to be more fun, prioritise what's important and spend more time playing with my boys. Switching off from technology and not be tempted to 'quickly' look at emails, tweets, and Facebook.
Since reading the tragic news of Matilda-Mae I think it has made me realise just how precious children are (not that I didn't think that before) and has made me think I really need to make my children's childhoods more memorable. I don't think I have ever been so moved and affected by someone I didn't know tragic news before, but every day since hearing I have hugged my boys that little bit tighter, longer, and check them more regularly in the night. Also I think Jennie is an amazing Mummy because she always has such fab activities for her other two children despite everything that has happened-and that has been one thing that has made me think that I have no excuses not to do these sort of things with Alex especially. I am always to quick in thinking 'no that will be messy', 'I'm too tired', 'there's not enough room', there's not enough time' so I need to stop making excuses and DO.
Some blogs I follow that quite often have good crafts/messy play activities are theygrowsoquick, edspire, & jenniferslittleworld, there are plenty more out there but these are ones I follow regularly.
Here's a list of things I would like to do for the rest of the year with the boys (mainly Alex due to his age):
-Make playdough, and play it with him
-Paint without being too anal about a finished result and the mess
-Get the chalk table out of the garage and bring it into the house (or out the front when weather is nicer)
-Plant more seeds in the pots outside (or ask the Grandparent's nicely if we can in their gardens)
-Go to a farm (I don't like farms at all-but they will)
-Pick fruit in the summer (could do at the farm)
-Go to the beach (sort of already done this year but would be nicer in the sun should we get any this year!
-Try and do a craft every week or so
-Go to a zoo once the weather picks up
-Go for more walks as a family
-Hand and foot prints for both of them
-Bake more with Alex rather than when he's out/asleep
-Create cute hand print Santas at Christmas time that I have had pinned for years
So from now on, I am going to try and get my act together and be a better more fun Mum for my boys, after all they don't stay little for long do they, and they won't remember what state the house might have been in, in years to come.