Being a working Mother is demanding on a good day and in the school holidays it becomes even harder. Juggling childcare and work is a challenge. I was supposed to be on holiday this week to have a special week of treats with my little man but am having to work instead. Besides my disappointment at not having a week with the little fella, I needed to make sure he was having a good time and was not just plonked in to summer clubs.
To make matters worse, I really needed to be in the Birmingham office on Monday. Thank goodness for fab friends who live nearby, relatively nearby anyway. Harvey and I drove up to Leicestershire on Sunday afternoon and this morning I left him in the very capable hands of BJ and Helen so I could get to work.
Flat white and a small pot of yogurt, granola and fruit compote for breakfast.
For lunch I tried EAT’s chicken and noodle soup which was good but it comes in a huge bucket sized container which is too much. On the side I had this delicious salad which had pumpkin seeds, lentils endgame beans, carrots, red peppers, pearl barley, dried cranberries and fresh herbs.
I managed to get loads of work done as I was relaxed knowing Harvey was having fun at Twycross zoo . When I went to collect him, they were all back from a day out and he was indeed very happy, mucking out
and feeding the horses.
He had so much fun with his little play mates.
And I particularly enjoyed getting back from a day in the office to a home cooked meal. BJ had made a delicious mince (minced beef packed full of vegetables such as mushrooms, yellow pepper and carrots), with home grown potatoes and green beans.
Helen made a pavlova with strawberries and raspberries.
I definitely had seconds, maybe even thirds! Well, wouldn’t you?
We were both so well looked after today, it made juggling work and childcare a breeze. In fact, there was no juggling at all. The only stress I had all day was all the driving but it was well worth it.
As always, we were both sad to leave. Maybe we can move to Leicestershire and work in Birmingham ………