We've had a whirlwind weekend. School ended on Friday, but that didn't signal an end to the madness, oh no - we had Elsie's dance school show on Friday night and Saturday. It was actually really good fun. Lots of very cute little people dances - ducks, sandcastles, extracts from Annie - and only one dance with some of the older teenage girls dressed, shall we say, provocatively. Unfortunately it opened the second half and I think a few of the dads may have choked on their lemonade.
Elsie's class danced to one of the songs from the Lion King and it was very well done - they didn't forget their steps, no-one fell over and no-one went the wrong way. And they all looked like they were having a blast - not a fake smile to be seen! Millie adored it all - she kept standing on our laps and at the end of each dance looked very seriously at me and said "There is another one, Mama?" I painted her a nose and whiskers with lipstick to match Elsie (mistake - I don't think it's going to wash off my shirt) and she is very excited to be in her own dance when she's bigger.
After that we headed off to my father-in-law's house in Hampshire. It was a lovely restful visit, and the chance to read the new Harry Potter - we had 2 2-hour car journeys and you can demolish a lot of JK Rowling in 2 hours. I finished it last night and very much enjoyed it , though I nearly had to bash Bear on the head with it - he tried to turn out the bedside light when I had 4 pages to go. I know it's meant for kids, but to be honest after having two of them there's so little left of my brain it suits me down to the ground.
It does mean I'm a bit late getting started on my Pay It Forward gifts - but fear not ladies (you know who you are by now): the stitching starts tonight ...