I love having my mum come and stay. It’s been amazing having her staying with us for a week. I love the company, being able to have that time with her, watching her with the children and the support that I get as a result. It makes such a huge difference to have her here, especially with hubby working such long hours. It meant I could get on with some of the jobs that I’d been putting off due to lack of time (and motivation) and everything just felt so much easier to manage.
My mum is one of those rare people who seem to know when to be there and when to give you space. She is amazing with the children and they absolutely adore her. We didn’t tell Sophie she was coming to stay. The excitement on Sophie’s face when she spotted Nanny at school pick-up time was wonderful to see. She was sad when Nanny had to go home again but we’re seeing her again at the weekend which made it a little easier. Thomas clearly adores his Nanny too – he even gave her a couple of kisses when she went home. Normally I’m the only one who gets those lovely sloppy baby kisses so it was quite an honour for Nanny to get them too!
One other nice thing about my mum coming to stay was being able to grab the chance for a date night. I don’t think we’ve had one in well over a year. We ended up going out for sushi. It was nice just to get out on our own for a couple of hours.
Things that have made me smile over the last couple of weeks
- Seeing the new lambs at Chiltern Open Air Museum.
- Visiting the ghost village of Imber when it was open to the public over the Easter weekend.
- Watching Sophie having fun taking part in an Easter egg hunt at GreenAcres.
- Planting a namesake rose for Thomas and another namesake rose for Jessica in the garden.
- Finishing off the Easter holidays with a day out at Chessington.
- One of the Girls’ Brigade leaders bringing their adorable new puppy along to the end of the session.
- Thomas getting his first tooth through at the top.
- Watching Sophie having fun with her friends at a classmate’s birthday party.
- An afternoon visiting my Auntie Kathy and catching up with some of my cousins.
- Having my mum’s homemade cheese tart for dinner. It was one of my favourite foods when I was a child and I hadn’t had it in ages. Yummy!
- Thomas signing ‘more’ at dinner time.
- Going for a walk in Langley Park with my mum and seeing the rhododendrons in bloom. We also had some little wild bunnies hop up to us to say hello.
- Buying matching outfits for Sophie and Thomas. Always loved putting my girls in matching clothes. So lovely to be able to do it again with Sophie and Thomas.