Today we went to the Straw Kitchen at Whichford Pottery for lunch and met up with Alice and Simon. It was such a super lovely day and place, and company. A perfect day. When we drove home, both children fell asleep in the car, so I got to do some sketching at our front lawn while Peter did weeding (which he enjoyed!).
Today I was exhausted again from being too excited yesterday and from Harriet being noisy in the night. In the evening I didn't sketch again as I was busy catching up with all the Sketchbook Revival videos (about 2 hours of it each day, and which were only available for limited days), which was kind of ironic. I also discovered the wonderfully inspiring Love Life Drawing tutorials which are making me keen to try life drawing now! So many videos to watch and no time to actually sketch!
Today I went to Bristol for the first time to visit our other office. Love the vibes there, but mostly I really enjoyed meeting the rest of my team as I was the only one of our team in the Charlbury office these days. I talked so much you wouldn't believe I'm usually shy. My head reverberated with words all evening.
Today I started working on a Wagtail project at work instead of my usual Drupal, and I loved it even though I was just making small changes.
Today Peter helped out at the preschool, so I was alone with Harriet. I took her to the park and she then napped for a long time. In the evening I tried botanical drawing for the first time and rather liked the idea.
Today Peter took the children to the toddler group and then took Owen to the Maddie's house to play. Though I got to stay at home with relatively little to do, I didn't get anything done as I was so tired!
Today I stayed home and got quite a bit of programming done while Harriet napped. I've also discovered a potential new hobby: block printing (on fabric)! Just looking at other people's works on Pinterest and Instagram makes my heart flutter.
Today we took Owen to his friend's birthday party which I had forgotten about until after midnight last night! So we had to do some emergency present shopping and I was a bit grumpy. Harriet really enjoyed hereself there, grabbing balloons and shoes and trying to climb up to the bouncy castle. In the evening we had junk food and watched telly (The Zero Theorem).
Today I tried out my new watercolour brush in the evening by painting Peter while he worked on his website. We were both excited about Wagtail.
Today was Robina's last day in Torchbox. A shame I had missed the opportunity to make her a close friend. I am just so rubbish in making friends. I kick myself so. I didn't sketch today, but instead, did programming in the evening. Harriet was super cute and happy, though she was still annoying in the night. I fear when she becomes a teenager.
Today I worked from home. Harriet had been terrible in the night again. Poor Owen was going to preschool and complaining about being tired.
Today we let Owen watch the first half of Jurassic Park on DVD, and he said he wasn't scared. I had a migraine in the evening and went to bed early-ish. Harriet was terrible in the night again.
Today Owen went to soft play with Maddie and they had a great time. I baked a chocolate brownie cake.
Today I took Owen to Witney to watch Coco at the cinema again as he is obsessed with the Pepita character in the show. Afterwards we had a picnic at Church Green, and he was so good and played by himself for ages while I sketched. He was just fabulous all day, and told me he would try to 'do as he was told'. This was probably due to what I told him last week after we got very annoyed with him. I'm so lucky to have a conscientious, self-reflective child who constantly tries to be good even if he doesn't always succeed.
Today we went to Oxford where Owen met up with Daisy and Lou at the Natural History Museum while I went to JP's memorial. So much thoughts and feelings, and no words fit for it.
Today I was sad I made some bad decision at work and spent some stressful hours fixing them. I didn't sketch in the evening, and instead spent the whole evening reorganising storage for my growing art materials.
Today it was Drupalgeddon again, and I spent all day doing security updates on client's site. It was rather warm today and the children came home sticky with suncream and sweat, but happy. In the evening we put the children to sleep early and Peter went out to a talk by Will Ord.
Today I went back to work, and it was a relief after spending so much time with the children! To top it off, it was Wagtail workshop today, so it was fun.
Today Owen was amazingly well behaved and considerate and even offered to give me a cuddle when I grumble about Harriet being naughty. Possibly acting from reflection on yesterdays' mishap. Harriet on the other hand was most mischievous and was climbing everywhere creating havoc.
Today we stayed home all day for Owen to play with his toys. He got increasingly annoying (melt down from over excitement and being spoilt with too much happiness) that in the evening we ended up shouting at him though we tried to avoid doing that on his birthday.