As I write this the sun is streaming in through our patio doors cheering up our cosy living room. The doors were open a moment ago letting in the gorgeous fresh, spring air but a little grumpy one requested them shut. Lucas is curled up next to me on the sofa and we are watching yet more Andy’s Dinosaur Adventure. If you slowly brush his cheek when he’s sleepy his whole body relaxes and he starts to smile and close his eyes. He has done it since he was tiny and it is the sweetest thing, it always makes me think of him when he was a baby even though he is far from that now. The twins are upstairs in their cots, not quite napping but they are quiet so that is as much as I can hope for.
This week has been a pretty rubbish one, the twins have the sniffles and Lucas has been off school all week. He’s full of a cough and cold but it has really taken it out of him. He very rarely complains but I still hate it when he’s ill or when any of them are ill. It just reminds me I’ve still got so much to learn with parenting, I still sometimes second guess myself when they’re ill. I’m still always wondering which decision in the right one and trying not to worry. Anyway, he seems a bit brighter today but every now and again he goes to curl up in our big bed upstairs. It makes me smile as I remember doing just the same when I was a little girl. I would sit in the middle of my parents massive bed, snuggled up in the duvet and mum would bring me chicken soup and egg custards.
Last night had been another restless night and everyone had woke up looking like another hour in bed would have helped. I don’t mind having days indoors but without even the school run to get out for a whole week in has driven us all a little mad. It has been the most beautiful day here and I’ve been running round the house throwing open all the windows. The weather is making me restless, I always feel the same when you can feel winter leaving and the days are so light. I’m itching to de-clutter and spring clean and when Lucas asks me to sit next to him I sit planning all the things I want to make a start on, my mind going over and over the house jobs to do knowing that we haven’t got much chance of getting anything done until everyone is on the mend.
Today we were in serious need of some cheering up, it is Friday afterall, and I can’t think of anything more cheerful than pretty sprinkled cupcakes. My absolute favourite cupcake recipe is in my Hummingbird Bakery book. They take a little longer to put together than regular fairy cakes so I usually save them for special occasions. Brightening our Friday seemed like as good an excuse as any.
By the time they were cooled from the oven Lucas had decamped to my bed, he hadn’t even wanted to lick the spoon which is surely a sign he isn’t feeling his best. Still, I let the twins loose on the decorations, it was a little chaotic but they do make me laugh and their faces lit up when they realised they could test the cakes. Maybe it wasn’t my best idea to give two restless boys all that sugar but in all fairness nothing cheers me up more than cake so it’s only fair I share that love. Funnily enough we heard little steps on the stairs and Lucas was only too happy to test a cupcake while cuddled up next to me on the sofa and it even raised a sleepy smile from him.
This week has just dragged on and I’ve been endlessly watching the sunshine from the windows and sighing. The cupcakes and cuddles remedy was just what we all needed. Don’t get me wrong, I am already trying to figure out the earliest I can go to bed on a Friday but we are all feeling a little brighter going into the weekend.