Is not easy. We’ve mostly taken to having the kid’s tablets with us wherever we go.
In the main, this means that we can eat out, as they keep the children occupied. But, as previously documented, TT managed to shatter the screen of hers (🙄)
Therefore we are back to one tablet between two children and, rather unsurprisingly, #1 Son is more than a tad miffed that he is having to share.
So, we took them out for their first trip to Wendy’s sans tablets.
I am very impressed with Wendy’s I admit. For all it’s being a fast food burger joint (and for its burgers to not be a patch on Wayback) it’s more tasty than Mc Donald’s or Burger King.
It has pretty good kids meal options – with no pickle on them 🤢🤮🤢🤮🤢🤮 and, most importantly – you can replace fries with a baked potato.
I have occasional cravings for a good old jacket – especially as the hus-creature apparently does not like them 🙀🙀🙀
As well as:
- Rice pudding
- Fruit in pop tarts/toaster pastries generally
- Hot Pots
- Stews with dumplings
In fact, anything that could be termed “Boring British” in cuisine terms.
He will eat roast dinners but hates cooking them (a fair cop guv’nor) and loves Yorkshire puddings.
So it’s a treat for me to get one when we go out, especially if they replace fries.
So the kiddies both have cheeseburgers. #1 Son chose apple pieces instead of fries (and he actually ate them) and so did the hus-creature. TT ate some of her brother’s apple and some of her fries.
The lack of tablets caused a few issues I admit. Firstly, TT wanted to sit on a chair at a 2-person table and would not move. Then #1 Son could not be persuaded to sit still. And, perhaps more importantly when finally corralled into place, began pulling his t-shirt (long sleeved) over his head.
So, bearing everything in mind, we settled on the following:
- Only walking around our table
- Leaving his sister alone
- Keeping his clothes in place
You would think that these were neither difficult nor unreasonable requests.
Ah well. This is why we don’t go out often. #1 Son is hard to contain, TT then feeds off of his energy, and I’m meant to be watching my stress levels and my blood pressure.
Oh, and it is -13C out there right now.
Even the small furnace that is my son is starting to complain of the cold.
Not that he will wear a winter coat – the best we manage is a winter-suitable-for-the-UK one. It is at least fleece lined though.
Yep these were all taken today on the way for lunch. Welcome to New England.
It’s like Old England but on steroids.
But, you know what? For all my complaints and dread, the two of them are at least capable of some cute moments.
And there was the moment where TT demanded “Nanoo KISS”
Where I just about died of the adorable. Despite the fights (which get louder and more physical much quicker these days) these kids do adore each other.
I also let her play with crayons today. Both regular and bath type.
She completely covered several sheets of paper (both sides) and while in the bath declared that several independent and separate drawings were “dinosaurs”.
So I’m a proud mom tonight.
(There was also no poop 😂)