Thursday, 27 November 2014

Untouchable

This week I took my two toddlers ice skating. Alone. It was hilarious. If there ever was a scene in Bridget Jones, and she was a Mum of two and they went ice skating? It would have been that. My gusset was round my knees. I screamed continuously. A lad, who was so young I probably could have taught him, had to help me scrape my children off the floor. It was hilarious. Probably dangerous. But just brilliant. Seriously brilliant. You see. When I am with my children? We are untouchable. Together they can drive me mad. There's sometimes where I cry and they cry and we all cry. But then there's times? When the world stops. There's just us three. And we are team. Best friends. Like Bros. I'm probably Craig. 

Laughing as my gusset is round my knees

On 'ice skating day' we were out of the house for nearly four hours. And I can't tell you how we spent the time. I do know I ended up getting conned into buying the dog a jumper and a ridiculously overpriced 'elf' for the playroom. We just walked around chatting and going for wees and eating and falling over and the odd shout or scrap. But I couldn't tell you if anyone else looked. Or tutted. Or raised their eyebrows. But I did see the odd smile as I shouted "put down that glass". And I defo heard a giggle as my girl did a full on dance routine to the very festive All Saint Pure Shores in the cafe. 

Four hours in a garden centre. We could have lived there!

I have learnt that the best thing to do when I'm with two toddlers is block out everyone else. And just focus on us. If I feel like taking the two of them to a theme park alone. I will. If I want to brave shopping. I will. The best advice my Dad ever gave me when I used to worry about the children crying endlessly in public was that everyone has been a child. Or knows a child. And everyone has been there. Yeah sometimes they forget and have a little moan. And believe you me I have had the odd shout at old ladies who've passed a rude comment or six. 

Lucy. Living the dream.

My advice for anyone when they are going out with their kid is? Just be a team. There will be some games you lose (for example when I took the two of them alone to Cadbury's World and my girl screamed so loudly over a pack of mishapes we had to leave after twenty minutes) but there are some games you win. And those seven to ten minutes ice skating where we screamed and laughed, right up until the point we put the overpriced jumper on the dog hours later and screamed and laughed all over again? We were perfect. We were? Untouchable. 
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43 comments:

  1. Oh Emma you make this parenting malarkey look so easy and to top it off you always look AMAZING!!xx

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    1. Ha Thanks bab! That is the joy of the instasham! x

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  2. how can you make me laugh one minute and cry the next. Beautifully written and brilliant advice.
    #brillblogposts
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    1. Thanks lovely. I am glad you liked it x

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  3. You make me laugh so much! I love the Bros comments! My kids are at school now, and I miss those days of just doing stuff as a team. That's why holidays rock so much. And yes, a big fat neeerrrrr, to anyone who raises an eyebrow at a slightly wayward toddler! #brilliantblogposts

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    1. Oh god I will weep when the go to school and I am alone. I suppose I will have to go back to work full time. Urgh x

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  4. Go on - tell us, how mych was that dog jumper?!

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  5. Loving skating Team Brummymummyof2! Also love (hate) the word gusset - only worsened when prefixed with the word 'moist'.......

    The Team Price Christmas card this year features all 4 kids, smiling, looking at the camera sitting in that very there deer drawn carriage. No #wickedWednesdays photo for us this year - boom!!!

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    1. Moist just really made me laugh! I WANT TO SEE THAT CARD! x

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  6. Oh I love it when you get a bit mushy!! So so agree - sometimes it's all about meeting people and then you're on their timings and trying to have grown up conversations and not really 'present'. My best times are just with the kids. Far less tantrums too, as they know they've got your attention. Lovely xx

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    1. Ah thanks beautiful lady. I miss your face. I think we need to meet in the NY for a cuddle and a drink x

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  7. Fab! We were invited to this one, I forgot, but couldn't go as the girl had school - boo! Looks like you had fun, though, all as a team. And I love that dog jumper, love it! x

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    1. When are our dogs getting married? Let's make this happen! x

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  8. I'm all over the ignoring everyone else! Your right there are crappy times but the smiles and laughs far outweigh the bad times.

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    1. Defo. Smiles and laughs totally trump screaming and mania x

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  9. I LOVE your exuberance Emma - it's really infectious. What kids need most is feeling safe enough with their parents to be themselves, and you are a natural at this. The skating looks brilliant, thanks for reminding me to book a session or two soon and go crashing around the ice like a mad dodgem X

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    1. I would love to see you skating. It would be an amazing sight and just so much better than me! x

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  10. Fab post Emma! I learnt to block the world out when out with my 4 years ago! Sounds like you had an amazing time x Wish us luck, we're of ice-skating tomorrow evening....on my own....with4 of them x

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    1. Saw the pics on instagram. Looks like you had loads of fun! x

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  11. He hee! What great advice! I decided to go with the flow back in October when I took the kids out to Manydown Farm but I'm not sure it was quite as hilarious as your ice skating :-) Xx

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    1. I love a farm and I will be avoiding ice skating in future! x

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  12. Hee hee. Glad you survived! Not sure I am brave enough to take the twins ice skating....it's bad enough on dry land! Eeeek! Jess xx

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    1. Ha ha ha! Yes twins on skates would be 'special' (shit) x

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  13. Absolutely love this post! You're so right, we should just focus on the moment (good or bad!) with the kids and ignore everyone/everything else :)

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  14. Brill. I sometimes shy away from taking the kids out alone - it is hard work, and I know it's rewarding too, but the effort!!! You know what I mean. But I have made a little promise to myself to just do it. Thanks for this lovely :) xxx

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    1. Yeah do it! But you do have an extra one which adds a WHOLE new element! x

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  15. Oh I love this so much - soppy AND funny! Very good point about ignoring everyone else though. I tend to worry too much about what others think of my parenting but goodness knows why, really.

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    1. I did too the first time round and then I just kinda stopped caring so much and it was all good x

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  16. Awww this is the sweetest post. I love it.
    Yes...this is such good advice, be a team and ignore everyone else! x

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  17. Oh Emma I just love this post. You rock at public parenting of two children! Such great advice 'just be a team'. High five to that! x

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  18. Love this, you are so like me, we just get on and life our lives and don't worry too much about what others think (even if a toddler's screaming)-sound advice from your Dad by the way even if others have forgotten they were once a baby-.. we live life to the full and have fun! Yay us! Thanks for linking up to #brilliantblogposts x x

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    1. Good old Papa. He knows the ways of screaming tots! YAY US! x

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  19. Oh I do love a doggie jumper! But blooming eck you're brave, two toddlers ice skating. The thoughts terrifies me! xx

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    1. It was a stupid thing to do with hindsight! x

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  20. Love this! ohhhh i love days when it doesn't matter! I am too bothered about what other people think all the time, I should just let go! x

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  21. This is gorgeous pet. So sweet! You have such a beautiful wee family. I want us to be your next door neighbours! :) xx

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  22. Ah lovely post! Love the pic of your dog in his Christmas jumper! a great contender for snapshot of the month? Pop over to www.snaphappybakes.com if you're interested in linking up x

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