Saturday, 20 June 2015

Playing with Rachel and Michael

Hello! This is Cindy. :) Nellie is still waiting for her operation, but I think she's sure to be okay! Don't you think so? Today I got to look after Catherine's little sister Rachel, and Carrie's brother Michael. They're four and five year old, and they're really cute! I love playing with them. :)

Anna let Rachel play with her doll Inga for the day, and she just loves her!
We started off playing Snakes and Ladders for a while, and Michael won most of the games. Finally, he and Rachel got a bit tired of it, so we decided to find something else to do instead.
"What shall we do, Cindy?" Michael asked me while I packed the game away.
Rachel got up and ran to the window.

She could only just see over the windowsill if she stood on tiptoe, and she looked sadly out at the grey clouds.
"We can't go outside..." she told me, with a sigh. "It's all rainy."
I thought for a few seconds, and then I had an idea. "Do you want to play with a ball?" I asked.
"Yes!" Michael and Rachel cheered together.
"Alright," I said, and I went to fetch a ball. I sat down on the floor with it and explained what we were going to do. "Rachel, you sit over there, and Michael, you sit down there, and we'll roll the ball between us, and catch it. We have to say who we're rolling it to before we push it."
"Okay," said Rachel, as she and Michael sat down.
"Can I roll the ball first?" asked Michael.

Rachel didn't seem to mind if he went first, so I said he could, and rolled it to him.
"Can I start?" he asked.
"I'm going to roll it to you, Cindy!" he said, and cheerfully rolled it over.

"Are you ready Rachel? I'm rolling it to you."

 Rachel caught it, looking very happy, and then a bit confused. "Who do I give it to?" she asked.
"Anyone you like," I told her.
"I'm giving it to you, Michael!"

We played 'rolling the ball' for quite a while, but eventually Rachel and Michael asked if we could play something else.
"Alright. What do you want to play?"
While they thought, I got up and put the ball away.

"I think we should play dolls!" Rachel said when I got back, hugging Inga.
"Nooo," Michael groaned. "I don't wanna play dolls."
"What do you want to play?" I asked.

 "I'll show you." Michael got up and ran out of the room.
 He came back in a moment and sat down again.

"I want to play with the parachute-man!" he said happily. "It's got a tiger!" He was holding a little parachute toy that Carrie gave him yesterday - the parachutist was a cute little tiger instead of a soldier, like they normally are.
"I don't wanna play parachute. I want to play dolls..." Rachel said, frowning sadly.
I wasn't sure what to do, but then I thought of something they would both like.
"I have an idea," I said smiling.

"What?" asked Rachel.
"I'll show you in a moment."
Rachel watched me with great curiosity as I went over to my bed and pulled a book out from under the pillow. It was a book of little prayers for children, that I was given when I was little, and I knew it had lots of beautiful pictures inside that Rachel and Michael would love.
"What is it?" she asked.
"It's a book of prayers. And it's full of pretty pictures. I'll read some of it to you, and you can both look at the pictures too."
Rachel smiled. "Yay!"
"You sit on the edge of the bed, and move up a bit, and I'll come and sit next to you so you can see the pictures."

"Come on Michael," I said, patting the bed on the other side of me. You come and sit here and we can look at the book together."
Michael got up and came to sit next to me.
I opened the book, and they both leaned in to see the pictures.

They liked the little prayers, too, and we spent ages sitting there and reading, until the early afternoon, when they went back with their sisters. :)
I had a lovely Saturday with Michael and Rachel. I hope you had a great Saturday too! :)


  1. I did have a great Saturday, and I'm glad you all did too! Nikki, you live in the United Kingdom, right? If so, it's really funny because I live in the US, and where I live it was kind of rainy yesterday too!
    Rachel and Michael are SO cute! (And so is Cindy! :D )
    P.S. I think Nellie will be okay, too. :)

    1. I'm glad you had a good Saturday too. :)
      I do live in the United Kingdom - it it funny that it was rainy where you are too! :)
      Thanks! :D (Rachel and Michael are My Twinn Cuddly Sisters and Brothers, and I love them too!)
      P.S. I do too.;)
      P.P.S. I'm really sorry for taking so long to approve and answer your comment - I've been really busy. :/

    2. You're welcome! And don't worry-it's fine. I've been busy lately too. ;)

    3. Thank you for understanding! :)

  2. I just thought I'd let you know, I started following you on my Wordpress account. :)

    1. Thank you! :) I love your blog and I look at it all the time - I've been meaning to follow it but I keep forgetting. :P I will remember soon though. :)

    2. Aww, thank you so much, Nikki! That seriously made my day! :D Take your time about following. I'm just so glad you like it that much!
      P.S. You're welcome!

    3. You're welcome! :) Thanks (I haven't been doing much online in the last week because I got a cold from my brother and got tonsillitis from it :P ).

  3. :P That's a real shame...hopefully you're doing better now. ;)

    1. Thanks! :) I did get better, but a few days later I got sick again, and the doctor thinks it might be mononucleosis (sounds terrifying, but it's not nearly as bad as its name :P ).

  4. Oh, that's a shame... :( Actually, I think I knew someone that had that. That's the sickness where you feel all achy and tired, right?

    1. Yeah, that's it. It starts out like really bad flu and tonsillitis (so I had tonsillitis twice in a row), and then when that wears off it makes you really tired and weak and stuff. :P It's really annoying. :/

    2. Tonsilitis again? Wow. It does sound very annoying!! I really hope you're feeling much better. :)

    3. Yeah, I tend to get tonsillitis a lot. :P Thanks. I am feeling a lot better, and I'm hoping the weakness will go away soon. :)

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