(Goblin is 30 months)
We were lucky enough to spend this weekend with Hublet's extended family. We don't get to see them very often because they live in Wales and Scotland, so this was quite a big deal for us.
Nanny had prepared a scavenger hunt involving catching crabs and building sand castles. Getting everyone organised was a bit like herding cats but we finally got to the beach.
Goblin never got around to catching any crabs because he was too busy building sand castles with Aunty S. Goblin completely adores Aunty S. If asked his favourite people in the world it would probably be Aunty S before Mummy and Daddy. And fortunately Aunty S seems to enjoy playing with Goblin as much a he does with her. She always gets straight down to playing as soon as she arrives.
Aunty S seems to instinctively knows when Goblin is about to bolt or when he is looking a bit droopy and needs a cuddle. As a result she is one of very few people that make my 'parental latent anxiety' (PLA) disappear. You know PLA, that permanent knot in your stomach when ever your kids awake (and sometimes when they are asleep but you can't hear them breathing), that comes with its own internal monologue - "Oh crikey, where is he, what is he doing? I can't see him, panic PANIC". They never tell you about PLA in the parenting books do they! Well if Goblin is with Aunty S I don't have that knot.
I think he did lead his younger cousin astray once or twice!
But her older sister was there to sort them out.
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