Low: 10 pm - I see a RAT in my kitchen.
High: Husband and fellow elders emerge from their meeting upon my request for help, and pursue rat with shoes. No result, but rat seems to have left...
Low: In general rat-anxiety, we forget to put the alarm on.
High: An extra hour of sleep!
Low: Aaaagghh! We're late! We'll never get everything done!
High: Only a bit late; manage to get some work done before heading out to the woods for the morning with an organised group.
Low: Children take ages to get ready. Aaaagghh! We're late!
High: Beautiful morning - all happy. My daughter is thrilled by the mud.
Low: I get us lost in the woods. Now even later to meet the group....
High: We're not the last! Only a few minutes late after all.
Low: One child is behaving badly...
High: Everyone cheers up, joins in well, and is enthusiastic about trees.
Low: Another child is now crying with cold.
High: All cheer up (again!) and delight in sinking into the mud with friends before we go home.
Low: Daughter falls in mud.
High: Daughter holds it together in spite of mud.
Low: Halfway home, the girl realises she is tired, cold and hungry. And covered in mud. She sobs.
High: Biggest boy carries his sister on his shoulders to cheer her up.
Low: Three minutes later, daughter crying again, insists on climbing down, and wipes her muddy boot over another brother. Both now sobbing loudly.
High: Get home! Chocolate biscuits all round before lunch...
Low: Still work to get done after lunch...so there is a bit of moaning.
High: Everyone cheers up AGAIN, and gets it all done quickly.
Low: I ordered 6 bags of satsumas rather than 6 satsumas. Whoops.
High: Remember I can send excess food ordered in error back with the nice man from Tesco.
Low: I forgot to buy onions for the chicken stew this evening.
High: I have children! Eldest despatched to the corner shop to buy onions.
Low: I HAVE TOO MUCH TO DO!
High: I made Battenburg cake - fun! Great use of limited time...
The rest is a blur of teatime, putting children to bed, a prayer meeting, and eating the aforementioned cake.
We made it.
What will the next 24 hours bring?