After requesting nicely, in my calmest voice, for each of the older ones to get in the bath last night, I waited and waited and...waited.
"Yeah hang on, in a minute," was all that I got.
I asked again, drumming my fingers. Then I instructed. Then I ordered.
Then I screeched a little. But I hate screeching.
Yet still, no one was listening and my blood was starting to boil.
So I left them both in the living room, went upstairs, grabbed my new Prima magazine which I still hadn't had chance to read, added more bubbles to the tub, stripped off and decided to indulge in some serious sud soaking.
"Ah! This is the life," I thought to myself as I reclined and turned the first page of my glossy mag.
Within three minutes I was interrupted by both children, who demanded to know where I was, what I was doing and "why the heck" was I in the bath.
I made them wait for me to have a ten minute bath...not quite as long as I had anticipated...and then finally each of them got in.
Me skulking off to have quiet Me Time is a guaranteed way of getting them to do as I ask.
It reminds me of a few weeks ago. Both of the older children were watching mindless TV, Bondi Rescue, as I recall (actually that is a rather guilty pleasure of mine too, gotta love a bit of the lifeguards Hoppo, Chappo and Whippet tearing through the surf to save a life). Anyway I digress.
A few weeks ago I decided to run a long, luxurious bath with my gorgeous Ren rose oil while the kids were busy lolling about downstairs.
With a lavish hand I swirled plenty of the expensive rose oil in the water, climbed in and bathed in seventh heaven.
For thirty whole seconds.
Suddenly out of nowhere the Prince appeared, tearing his clothes off.
"WOAH, what are you doing?" I demanded.
But before he could answer, he was already in the bath with me, thrashing around like a slippery eel.
Then he smiled with a self satisfied face and uttered those dreaded words.
"I have just done a wee."
I was out of that water faster than Tom Daley dives in.
The Prince then looked at me and said "Mum, can I get out now please? The water smells of stupid roses".
You couldn't make it up. I guess I will look back on all this and laugh one day. Probably.
In other news, I haven't been cherry tree shopping this week as have been very busy but I did get my hair done which only happens once in a blue moon.
I am not a fan of the selfie these days as think it looks very smug, but man, if you had seen my hair before this, I was like an 80s throwback. And not in a good way.