Thursday, 19 June 2008

A day out with Mummy.

On Tuesday I decided to take the girls off to Whitstable on the train for the day. The weather was just right not to hot or cold. Lovely sunshine with a light breeze. Perfect for the beach.
After looking around all the great little shops there. Stopping at the charity and fabric shop for more gorgeous buttons. And dropping in on the sweetie shop with an Aladdin's cave in the back of it. The girls came away happy with a new pink bucket each. Just the right size for little ones and ice-cream pictures on the sides. Happy faces, happy Mummy.

"My tummies rumbling Mummy" says Daisy "can you see it grumbling?" lol

So it's banana milkshake and chips for us all, yummy! There is nothing like chips with a bit of sand on the side (thanks Daisy). lol

Now for some playtime, collecting water in their buckets and pouring it all down the front of themselves lol (it's only water I told myself with sigh).

After lots of trips back and forth, Molly shouted out "look Mummy a crab" here he is Mr Crab lol I didn't have the heart to tell them he was dead :( poor crabby lol The girls where so happy that they'd found one and I had to make sure I got a good photo to show their Daddy. Then we popped him back into the water to float off. "Bye bye Mr Crab" they shouted. I said off he goes to find Mrs Crab lol they where happy to hear that.
A little bit more playing and sand pile building, the sea started to come in and it was time to make a move home. By the time I got to the train station Daisy was fast asleep but Molly was full of chit chat. Bless her, she saw the nursery on the other side of the station with all the children playing outside and said "look Mummy those are all my friends I'm going to play there with them soon" with a heavy heart I know our little Miss cupcake is at the age for playgroup and I must sort one out for her. Baby bounce is great fun but not enough now for Molly she wants to do big girl things (that's what she calls them) and I know I must let her go. It will be good for her and Daisy to have their own time. It' just so heart breaking because I've been so very lucky to have all the time in the world with the two them, something I've got so used too. Working from home is the best thing in the world for me because even when there are orders coming out of my ears, my time is set by me and no one else. And I relish every moment with them when I'm not painting or sewing. Playing games, sitting and reading, drawing, watching films, days out or just snuggle time.
I'm sure all my sad feelings will disappear when I see how happy Molly is in her new playgroup, I just need to find a lovely one. It's very hard to choose, we all want to wrap our little ones up in cotton wool and not expose them to the big wide world (sigh). I'm so scared for her.
Any tips?
Many hugs everyone x
Catherine x
Ps, Pink Green please pop me an email with your address as you're the other winner of the one year giveaway x


April said...

Sounds like you had a lovely day, I remember those days before C started school. She was desperate to have friends to play with especially as she is an "only". C went to the pre-school/playgroup attached to the nursery and school she is at now and it has given her a great amount of continuity and security having had the same friends around her and the same environemnt since she was 2 1/2.

My only tip would be to go with your instinct - if it feels good, welcoming, safe and fun to you then it will to Molly. She will love it, it is a wonderful experience for them to be able to do things on their own.

C pushed me out of the door on the first day of play group, nursery and school and gets more independent every day.

Remember that you'll get some great time with Daisy on her own as well.

Thanks for the kind comments you left for me Catherine - you are an angel!


April xx

Leisa said...

What a lovely day you had with your little girls.
I am not sure how old you little one is but I think the best place for our babies is at home with their Mummy for as long as possible. 15 years down the track and I just wish I had kept my babies home as long as possible. The education system seems such a long haul - they are there long enough as it is! My eldest is almost 18 and in his first year at uni - this is his 15th year in formal education - any wonder he's tired!!! I know I am!!
Enjoying your blog as always - I love the wonderful adventures you have with your children.

Krafty Keely said...

What a lovely day you had!

As far as playgroup goes, I agree with april go with your instinct.


julia said...

I'm with you on the whole being at home thing, I've loved it and letting them go is so hard.
Looks like you had a fab day out, those girls are going to have the best memories!
Julia x

Curlew Country said...

What a smashing trip for your darling girls - they'll have such happy memories won't they.
And is that a Greengate teatowel under those chips I spy? I can't find those anywhere up here, am most envious!
Enjoy Midsummer's Day Catherine.

Kitty said...

Oh how I loved those preschool days of being able to just do whatever you liked, whenever you felt like it! So glad you had a wonderful day - the pictures are fabulous. x

serendipitylovesnewyork said...

Hiya, thankyou for your lovely comments, I'm really pleased with how its turned out. We got the bath from Bathstore if you want to have a look online, its called a shower bath!!
Your day at the beach sounded perfect!! I know how you feel about Molly, Mason started play group at 2 1/2 only for two mornings then went to morning nursery five days then we moved to a diffrent part of Cardiff and the school my other two started at didnt have a nursery so I put him into playgroup again three mornings a week and didnt bother again with a state nursery, luckily most of the children who went there also started in his year at school!! Its hard because you know as soon as they start they become so grown up but thats also a good thing!! Have a fab weekend.....claire xxx

Florence said...

What a lovely day you look to have had.

I know how you feel about letting the little ones move onto the next stage...there's something comforting about knowing that for a time you are your children's main source of influence. But how lovely it is the first time they tell you something that you didn't know, that they learnt at nursery (my children's nursery has taught them so many odd facts about different creatures!).

When choosing a nursery I'd trust your instincts, but mainy don't be swayed by places that look all-singing and all-dancing with brand new toys and the best facilities. Often it's the nurseries run from community centres or church halls with the old-fashioned Fisher Price toys that are run with the most care and enthusiasm. So many nurseries produce amazing things for the children to take home to delight the parents...but they don't actually look like they've been created by the children...I always love it when my little boy comes out with a strange model made from lots of old cereal packets as I know that HE has actually done it himself, without too much intervention.

The other thing is that if I had a choice I'd go for a nursery or a playgroup, rather than a daycare provider...the places that are open from 7am - 7pm seem to be run with a different focus to those that run shorter sessions. Those are the things I've looked for, but it's all so subjective...I'm sure that you'll pick the perfect place for her - and don't be thrown if she doesn't warm to it immediately.

Thank you so much for the award (a while ago now). I have been awful at keeping up with emails/comments/commenting in the last month or so, but really appreciate it. x

Ragged Roses said...

I love those kind of days, it's very special being able to spend time with your young ones before they're off at school. Love chips on the beach too, I think they have to have sand in them!!! Sounds like you had a great time

Garden girl said...

Your girls day out looks like great fun!
Having used to work in a nursery I would also trust your instincts-visit a couple of places and see how much notice the staff take of Molly, whether they make an effort to make her feel safe and secure. I would also say that she is at thr right age to tell you if she hates it...
Its always worth asking around for recommendations as well.
You'll find somewhere you both love, I'm sure.

Vintage Amethyst said...

Aaaahh another perfect 'girls' day out!
I hope you find a really lovely playgroup for Molly ~ good luck.
Alison x

Things Hand Made said...

It sounds a loevely day. Memories to lock away for the future!