On Monday, Super Mum took the munchkins to the local Tesco to stock up the cupboards. Eloise now regularly has a three-course breakfast. It turned out to be a challenging juggle as it can be difficult to find a trolley with double munchkin holders. Sophie had to settle for the single munchkin holder trolley, while Eloise got her wish of running recklessly around the supermarket. On the shopping list for Eloise was a new toothbrush, got to keep it interesting. Eloise made sure that it was new toothbrush day for her favourite stuffed toys too.
In the afternoon, it was back to The Gruffalo Trail as we made our way around Kilmardinny Loch. Lachlan is a lot more observant of his surroundings and frequently squeaks in excitement. The walk was slow-paced as Eloise was more focused on drawing in the mud with a log.
By the time we got home, Liam had finished work for the day and helped Eloise ride her bike around the front yard. He might need to get his own soon to keep up with her.
Eloise decided she would feed Lachlan dinner. Yes, we know the Christmas tree is still up. The real tree is actually doing incredibly well. You may also notice only the baubles that Eloise could reach have been taken down.
There were also promising signs with the World Health Organization predicting the “end of Covid pandemic is in sight for Britain”. Potentially the only positive of how badly the UK has handled this.
Tuesday morning, Eloise started the day painting Grandma Nicholls’ favourite kids’ book, Where is the Green Sheep? When reading the book with Eloise, she is pretty good with the sheep, there is only a couple she gets stuck on, usually calling them out before Dad has even flipped the page.
Eloise then disappeared for most of the morning into Narnia.
In the afternoon, Super Mum and Eloise made a new batch of banana and yoghurt ice creams while Lachlan supervised. Once Dad had finished work for the day, it was tower building time.
In the afternoon, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon told MSPs that Scotland had “turned the corner on the Omicron wave and that Scotland to lift most remaining Covid restrictions… The changes will take effect from Monday 24 January after a “significant fall” in new case numbers”.
Wednesday morning, there was no arts and crafts, it was straight to the “PG” so Eloise could ride her horsey and feed it imaginary ice cream. The playing continued when they got home with Eloise teaching Lachlan some new games. Over the past month, the kids have started to interact with each other more frequently which is great to see. It is always amusing watching Eloise teach Lachlan how the world works.
In the evening, we made our way to Glasgow Fort Shopping and Leisure Park. There was not much success on the shopping front but we did manage to tire Eloise out a bit. There were plenty of kids shopping mall rides and Eloise sprinted between each one. She was thrilled when she found Chase, sadly no Marshall ride though. For dinner, Bread Meats Bread, two down, two to go.
As Gymboree sessions come to an end, Eloise and her friends start running about yelling “cake, cake, Mum, cake” as they are always excited for their playtime to continue. It is a good way for them all to spend the morning. Where there is action, Lachlan does not take much convincing to come along for the ride.
For the afternoon walk, Eloise waved goodbye to Super Mum and Lachlan and took her own path. Turns out she just wanted to show Foxie where her friend Foxie is.
The sun started to set quickly and Eloise crawled into the bottom of Lachlan’s pram. Sophie took this opportunity to make the dash home, saving multiple hours of Eloise pace.
This morning, Eloise’s friends Emma and Joanna came over for a playdate. Almost every stuffed toy was brought down from Eloise’s room, the girls were having a great time. The Mums were happy to sit back and watch the girls tiring each other out, running about the backyard. However, Eloise started to chase Emma with a big stick to poke her so Sophie swooped in.
After midday, there was no luck with walking Eloise to sleep. Trying to make the most of the blue skies we headed to Milngavie Town Centre. When we were here to see the Christmas reindeers we noticed the start of the West Highland Way. The perfect place for Sophie to try out the baby hiking carrier. Lachlan will certainly need one come summer.
The stirrups were pulled all the way up and Lachlan was ready. Eloise set off at a cracking pace, she tends to have two speeds, full speed or “no walk”. Progress stalled when Eloise started finding sticks to poke people with again, uh oh.
After a valiant effort, Eloise started to hit a wall. We had almost completed a whopping three-quarters of one percent of the West Highland Way when we decided it was time to turn around. Eloise thought Dad’s jacket was too clean and knew just how to fix that. After getting stuck on a hill we made it back to Milngavie Town Centre. We think we went far enough to leave Milngavie Town Centre. All of a sudden, Eloise had another energy spurt as she had to prove she had enough energy for the new “PG”.
The West Highland Way (Scottish Gaelic: Slighe na Gàidhealtachd an Iar) is a linear long-distance route in Scotland. It is 154 km (96 miles) long, running from Milngavie north of Glasgow to Fort William in the Scottish Highlands, with an element of hill walking in the route. The trail, which opened in 1980, was Scotland’s first officially designated Long Distance Route, and is now designated by NatureScot as one of Scotland’s Great Trails. It is primarily intended as a long distance walking route, and whilst many sections are suitable for mountain biking and horseriding there are obstacles and surfaces that will require these users to dismount in places.
With two tired kids, it was time to go home to put up the feet.