Being the only girl in a houseful of boys means that on special days you are treated like the only princess in the house, which you are!
On Friday afternoon I was forbidden to enter one of the bedrooms as the boys were busy up there making something.
That something was this little treasure chest for Mother's Day (which in the UK, was celebrated yesterday).
It was made from an empty tea-bag box, covered in fabric scraps and then filled with love-heart sweeties and some promise slips. The sweeties had been collected over the last few weeks. Every Monday the oldest three boys go to Monday Club at church. At the end of Monday Club they get a little bag with a handful of sweeties in it. Often there are love-heart sweeties in there, and for the last few weeks the boys have been keeping back these ones and making a little collection of them for the treasure chest!
I haven't cashed in any of my tokens yet, but I'm looking forward to my '20 minutes peace and quiet' or 'help in the kitchen' or even 'looking after Ally for an hour'!
They also gave me these fridge-magnet flowers that they had made at Monday Club. There was even one with a photo of Alasdair. Since we have an integrated fridge in our kitchen then we can't hang magnets on it so I have them on the bread-maker instead.
Another present was a little collection of Playmobil and Lego (what else?) figures to represent my roles. These are quite funny.
There are, from left to right: a mum, a cook (a medieval one with a rather fetching corset!), a tennis player (no, I'm not sure why she's there either. James said it was because she was sporty like me, but don't believe that for a minute!), an ice-skater ('because you used to ice skate lots when you were younger' - I did), a secret agent (??) and a police lady (perhaps because I spent half my life trying to keep the peace?)
There was also a lovely bunch of flowers and some hand-made cards, breakfast in bed, and Sunday dinner was cooked by the boys and my beloved.
A very special mother's day from some very special boys.
And, finally, Alasdair's skin is sooo much better. I couldn't get a clear shot of his worst hand as he won't keep still for me, but even though it's blurry you can still see the improvement. His body is clearing up nicely too, as is his face. I have only been using steroid cream on his hands so the flare up on his body was obviously down to the infection.
Gaelic word of the day:
màthair (maaa-hair) - mother
Mod results in tomorrow's post. The Mod, for those who were asking, is a Gaelic music/arts competition.