Nesting: (verb) The act of tidying nooks and crannies that only you will feel satisfaction from. Sorting and tidying in a whirlwind type phenomenon leading to exhaustion once complete!
I made that up. It actually means ‘building a nest’ but since I’m not a bird the above definition fits me better Yesterday IT started. I began nesting. Perhaps it began the day before when I began cleaning in a new way. Eek. I even suggested to Bethany: Let’s play hotel maids – that’s a fun job. Her reaction: Ok which hotel shall we go to then? What Beth. It’s a game, we pretend this is our hotel. Not impressed. So she played barbies… I heard her ‘sleeping beauty’ doll was having some trouble with her dress and her modesty “but it’s not my fault my boobs stick out in this dress, it’s just too small… MUMMY can you help this barbie, her friends don’t like her dress!” I untangled the dress – her arms were in the wrong place and realised I could clean whilst she entered her little play world.
I am loving half term. I wrote myself a list in my head to do with the children: have fun, be fun, relax. So I don’t know where the nesting came in. I am just going along with it until I run out of energy. For my own achievements’ sake I will list what I got up to yesterday, with the children around (I also have a friend staying over and at one point the building work got too much for little Ben and he snuggled up with her…!)
- Cleaned the kitchen cupboards, skirting
- Cleaned and tidied the coat cupboard – washed all the coats I’m not sure about, sorted a bag of stuff out.
- Found my vintage Phil and Teds Buggy and listed it on ebay (you will be surprised to know I have people wanting to buy it… this is what I wrote about it: This Phil and teds is old and well loved. As you can see there are rips to the material and the shopping basket underneath. There is a hood which is faded. One of the wheels needs new bearings. The brakes Work. The frame must have been welded twice but it still is a good frame! The front wheel swivels well. All tyres are genuine phill and teds and do not have punctures! One lap strap is missing. The buggy would be best for spares or repair. You could replace the seat covers and buy new ball bearings and paint the frame which would make it look a lot better -if you like bargain projects I have been as honest as possible-any questions. Just ask // I know it sounds jokey but we were given this buggy and used it for long walks etc. I recently got a new one so this one has been on the todo list for sale. I will let you know if it sells!!!
- Tidied out the kitchen pantry – I couldn’t find the lid for the smoothie maker (2 kiwis, 1 orange, 1 tbsp yoghurt, 1 banana and juice from 1 lemon + 1 large glass of water = delicious breakfast drink for 4!) so had to take everything out…
- Dismantled Ben’s cot – which was kind of tricky as my two helpers were more than eager to ‘fix it’ as soon as I removed a piece. Seeing Ben’s little face when I took the side railings off made me kind of sad too. I am so glad I have a baby on the way else we could have both been found in tears with a half made/half dismantled cot when Ryan returned home!! I put the screws away in a good hiding place – as sometimes I get some kind of memory loss in pregnancy, like when I put the passports in a safe place when pregnant, and couldn’t find them when baby was born. (screws for cot in top drawer of Ben’s chest of drawers.. remember this family!)
- Built Ben’s little bed – which would have been really easy, but I used the wrong screws initially, but then when I got the hang of it it worked out great
- Went to the bank
- Tidied Beth’s room
Phew. What a lovely day though. I really felt like I accomplished the things on my list… Something calming about getting your house in order. Of course there’s more to do, like sort through the children’s clothes to see what fits (not my favourite job!) Previously, I re-labelled all of the spices in the massive spice box — it’s so much easier to cook and bake without hunting and reading each spice!
Last night was Ben’s first night in the bed. He slept great – and he hasn’t done the shouting for Mummy at the top of his lungs (yet) I think he’s awake though… btw when he shouts me I always go up and see if he’s ok to find him snuggled in his quilt pretty much still sleeping. He does a giggle, then says “biscuit, drink, downstairs?” Lovely children
Have a lovely day, I hope that I don’t have too much nesting to do today – or don’t find myself nesting too much. Only need to paint the baby room and I would quite like to find a plumber to fix a really stylish kitchen tap and the towel rail in my bathroom. Oh and buy some daffodils and tulips – am I t