Word of the week… Family

We are family!

I am lucky enough to have seen a lot of my family during the course of the past week which is slightly out of the ordinay in a couple of ways. For a start the hubster has been doing a lot of overtime at the weekends since the beginning of the year. The flooding ensured that our organisation had an extended budget for helping with both rescue and long-term recovery, and the hubster has taken advantage of this where possible. It hasn’t left much time for us to interact as a family together though and it has meant that many limited opportunities to see the Girl have been overlooked.

Last Saturday though, we finally had a chance to spend some time together and she came with us as we all attended the birthday party of a friend’s three year old daughter. The kids had fun playing in the garden despite slightly cold windy weather! Then on Bank Holiday Monday we picked the girl up again on our way over to my parents house for a big family lunch with my sister’s family too. There were eleven of us around the dinner table and I love the buzz when everyone is talking and laughing andΒ  passing the various bowls of goodies that my wonderful mum has cooked for us all to enjoy.

On Tuesday I got to see my lovely cousin who I haven’t seen since her wedding last June, despite only living about ten miles away. She is 35 weeks pregnant and we had planned to have a nice girly lunch or coffee on my day off but unfortunately she picked one of only a handful of days during the year that I have the kids with me on a Tuesday (our childminder was on her hols!). My cousin gamely agreed to meet us at a local leisure centre with a cafe and softplay. I really hope I didn’t fill her with dread at the impending chaos that will inevitably be motherhood!

My Mum came over on Wednesday as she always does, to take over child care while I went back to work. She had rung me the day before to tell me that she had decided that, no matter the weather (and the forecast wasn’t good!) she would take them to Alice Holt Forest where they could play, lunch in the cafe and explore the woodland trails. I left out the all in one waterproof suits she had bought them from Boots a few weeks ago and their wellies. By all accounts they had a whale of a time and I am totally inspired to get them out every day I’m with them over the summer now as the fresh air and exercise noticeably improved moods, appetites and behaviour!

This weekend we lose the hubster again as he takes off to the Lake District to hike through the night and light a beacon at dawn on one of the many peaks (as you do!). In the meantime I look forward to the day when we can all take off for a hike together as a family…


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32 thoughts on “Word of the week… Family

  1. Busy week! Good to get to spend so much of it with your family though, can’t be beaten. My husband works nights a fair bit and understand about finding the time.

  2. Sounds like a lovely week hon. Really hope you get some quality Hubster time soon though! The forest sounds cool, love your mums any weather attitude πŸ™‚ xx

  3. Sounds like a really lovely week. I love spending time with family. I had my sister in law over with my nephews yesterday, and Little Man and Boo do adore their big cousins (they’re 11 and 17). and they are so patient with them – poor boys! I hope your cousin has blocked out the soft play experience – you don’t want to be scaring her this early into parenthood πŸ˜‰ Thanks for sharing with #WotW

    • Sounds like your children’s experience with cousins are similar to ours with the big age gap between them all – the older ones do have a lot of patience at times! Thanks for hosting X

  4. we don’t get to spend much time together as a family either, so try to never take it for granted. Always special. Sounds like you’ve had a great week and do hope you all get out for a hike soon – though have to say my idea of a walk and the kids idea of a walk is Very different! Doesn’t seem to be improving as they get older either!!

  5. Family time is great! What an interesting hobby your husband has… not sure I would be into hiking through the night for pleasure. Mel #WotW

    • Its not actually his hobby Mel! It’s an event called ‘Light the Lakes’ organised by Surrey Police in support of the charity Care of Police Survivors. It was dreamt up after the murder of Detective Heather Cooper in 2012. It was doubly tragic because she had a 3 year old and a six week old baby.

  6. Husband works 2 jobs and we hardly have time to spend with him so when we do have time i let my son sleep late cuz they are not often. It is really hard when he is not around to see my son as my son misses him. Glad you have time to see your family! #wotw

    • I feel for you Merlinda – I know you are far from your own family too and it must be very lonely at times. I hope you are managing to forge some good friendships with the mum’s of Sebastian’s little friends. X

  7. Sounds like a very busy but fun week.

    I’m glad that you’re inspired to get out every day in the summer. I actually prefer the ‘pot luck’ weather days to the really hot and sunny ones x

    • Yes sometimes it can be so horribly heaving and sweaty and stressful when its full on summer heat and a bit of spitty drizzle never stopped anyone from having fun (well not if Wednesday was anything to go by!!) X

  8. Glad you enjoyed all your family time! You can’t beat it can you?! We’re all spread out everywhere now but it’s lovely when we all get together.

    • We’re spread out within about a 40 mile radius but with kids of different ages and interests its sometimes hard work getting everyone to have a day off together – fun when it happens though πŸ™‚

    • Oh I guess you know all about the weekend wilderness too then! Its those days when everyone else is off limits because they are having *their* family time – how very dare they?! πŸ™‚

  9. Great photo! You’ve made me long to spend some time with my family too. They mainly live at the opposite end of the country to me so it’s not often we get together. Your description of being round the dinner table is exactly what I love too.

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