No word of a lie, I don’t tend to give myself very much ‘me’ time. I’m not looking for sympathy but it is just one of those things that I’m pretty rubbish at. During the day I’m busy keeping the Beans entertained, running around after them and when Jelly Bean sleeps I’m either working or getting on top of the housework and then in the evening I work from the moment the Beans have gone to bed until somewhere between midnight and 1am. In the evenings my work will often be done in the front of the TV so that I can catch up on my favourite TV shows but that’s when I do most of my photo editing and catching up on emails – it’s a good job us women are great at multi-tasking.
Recently though I have found myself a new guilty pleasure, it’s not something I do regularly but whenever I get the opportunity I am really enjoying colouring! Yes, you read that right – colouring. As in, adult colouring books and I’m building up quite the collection since I found them at The Works!!! I’ve always been an ‘arts and crafts’ kinda girl, I love sitting with the Beans doing crafts and I would often end up colouring in their books. I had forgotten just how relaxing and therapeutic colouring in could be. Life seems to be hurtling at 100mph at the moment and sometimes it’s necessary to just kick back and let your mind relax, that’s where colouring in is the perfect past-time. As a child I LOVED geometric colouring books as opposed to ‘pictures’ and to my delight I’ve built up quite a collection of adult colouring books so now when the Beans decide to have a ‘colouring’ afternoon I’m able to join in the fun.
When Beanie Boy attended hospital a few weeks ago for his Hydrocele operation I knew I needed to take something with me to keep my mind occupied whilst he was in theatre so I took one of my colouring books with me. During the morning whilst we were waiting for his operation Beanie Boy looked at me with a beam of pride across his face and declared “look Mummy, I’ve done some of your colouring for you”. I didn’t think I had heard him right so I asked him to repeat himself and YES I had heard right, he had ‘helped’ me by colouring in part of the picture I had started. Now I’d love to say that I am one of those Mums who could say “oh that’s lovely let’s do it together” but I’m not, I nearly had palpitations. Of course, to Beanie Boy, I stayed completely calm, smiled sweetly and then carefully tried to rectify my picture whilst he was busy watching a DVD.