children

There are 4 of them! And I ran away!

4 kids in my house!

My 2 each have a friend today.  I didnt plan it that way, it just happened.

And I have never been as grateful that it is my full day at work as I am right now.

All the kids are amazing.  Polite, sweet, friendly.

But, OMG! Loud and active and shouty and wild!

I apologised to my nanny for leaving her with all 4 kids.  She laughed and told me to go back to work and they would be fine. As I was leaving she was herding them outside to play on the jungle gym.

Hopefully my 2 are all tuckered out and go to sleep early tonight!

Children. Or are they?

Sometimes I think my dogs are more childish than my actual children.

For example…

Stuart sleeps on my bed, at the bottom on my feet on top of my duvet but underneath his own blanket.  Bandit and Salami sleep under a duvet on two huge doggy pillows on the floor at the foot of our bed.  (Yes, I know, you want to be a dog in my house!)

So, pretty much every night, I have to lift the duvet for Bandit to crawl into bed.  And pretty much every night, I have to pick Stuart up off Bandits bed and put him onto my bed, so that Bandit can get into his bed.  Stuart NEVER sleeps on the floor.  Ever.  He always sleeps on my bed.  He sits on Bandits bed just to piss him off.  The damn dog does it on purpose.  And Bandit always comes running to tattle instead of just growling or forcing Stuart off his bed.

I mean really! Children much!?

Its not you, its me. Or is it?

Aaron is loving his swimming lessons and he is doing so well that we have graduated from the small pool to the shallow end of the big pool.

In order to help Aaron transition and to minimise any anxiety we were asked to stay with the same teacher (there are three different teachers at the school) which was fine with us as Aaron adores teacher L.

In order to move to the big pool we had to change lesson times.  This was fine with me, once we had rescheduled Kindermusik lessons.

What I didnt bank on was not liking the parents at our new lesson time.  I loved the parents at the old time.  They were friendly and welcomed me with open arms and a ready smile.

The new parents barely even looked up from their discussion the first time we came to that lesson.  Since then (4 lessons in) they still have not even smiled in my direction let alone introduced themselves or even said hello.  And its not for lack of trying on my part.  I always arrive with a smile and make eye contact (or try to) but they never reciprocate.

Not only have they not welcomed me but they are rather bitchy when they talk.  About other people or situations.  They are obviously all friends and move in the same social circles.  I cannot stand how cliquey they are and how nasty they can be.  So much so that I asked the teachers if there is another time that we can move to with teacher L.

I dont think moving the time will effect Aaron as he doesnt know the kids in his class now on a personal level and the only requirement is that we stay with teacher L.

I know Im not guaranteed a better group of parents but anything has to be better than wanting to smack them with a shovel.

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