With Maushi not here for now almost 4 days and having friends coming over tonight for dinner... i thought i'd probably start to backtrack into old habits... upset easily at kids, controlling their every move so the house stays neat etc. Last evening it took me 2 hours to sweep and swab on hands and knees the entire house. It was a lovely physical experience but made me realise that Maushi was not a good cleaner. Anyway... so this morning i was remembering my old habits/tendencies to slip into control mode when i wanted the house clean. But i did not. I got the smallish cleaning up done before Z awoke. Raghu and i got lovely reading time and got to explore the food alphabets and others via Sandra's thinking stick blog. Fun time. Then breakfast and then we got the stroller and left to shop.
The thought was that if we spent time outdoors (esp since it was a cloudy day and not too hot) then the house would be relatively easy to clean up.
Normally R would balk at walking to stores. We live about 15 minutes from the stores we need. But with the cloudy weather and a light breeze he seemed fine. Still inorder to give him an easier time i drove them to one end of our shopping area. Then unpacked the stroller. Kids took turns to sit in it. We zipped around the neighbourhood and walked along relatively quiet roads and bought things for tonight. We had a lovely little scoop each of gelato and chose bread together. Fantastic little outing.
And we just got back. So the morning was tiring but fun. And now we can relax in the afternoon. Once Z falls asleep... i predict she'll last another hour. I can sweep adn swab again and get ready for the dinner.
Also... at the bookstore where we picked up a gift for the child coming tonight... Raghu read Ben10 books and Zoya played in their outside verandah. :-)
I'm so happy that i could focus on the children and my own needs and not get overwhelmed and crabby. And now even if the house is not perfect.... i know we had a happy day... and that happy energy will make the house feel very loving and welcoming to our friends.... i think :-)