Friday was one of our friend’s wedding in Liverpool, where we had ‘our first night away without the kids‘. We have individually been away for a night but we have never both been away together. It was so hard to leave them overnight. I knew they would be in good hands with Granny but it’s a parent thing, I still was nervous more for Granny than the kids. Would they be too much for her to handle, a hyper two year old and a newly mobile 8 month old?
I found myself checking my phone, texting at dinner, texting at bedtime, and texting just one more time to make sure all went smoothly. We are lucky that both kids are great sleepers so I knew as soon as 7:30 pm passed I could settle down and enjoy the evening.
The best bit of the whole thing was coming home to both of our kids. Opening our front door and hearing Buba screech at the top of his lungs Mommy! Daddy! running over to us and wrapping his little arms around our necks. Missy Moo was in her bouncer and was just as excited when I rounded the corner to the living room and caught sight of me. I have never seen her bounce so hard to get out, in my life. Her smile melted my heart, as soon as I picked her up, she gave me the biggest cuddle ever.
These receptions are worth going away for just one night, to come home, be so loved and cuddled it is the best feeling in the world.
Hugs and kisses may be ordinary, but these little ordinary moments should never be taken for granted. It’s now Monday yet I can’t get enough of their kisses and hugs. I never will. They are so precious.
We also have a new favorite pastime that Buba just can’t get enough of, taking selfies. Not just of him, but of all of us. Mr. P. isn’t as into it as we are, but we love to play around capturing funny moments together.
So today I am cherishing this oh so ordinary things to do, of taking selfies and cuddles, without which I wouldn’t have such funny memories of attempting to get us all in the shot with my loved ones. Laughing at who’s head gets cut off or who looks the funniest up close. I daresay Missy Moo isn’t as into it like her Daddy as Buba and I. Someday soon though, that will change I can imagine.
*excuse the grainy shots but they were too fun to not share…
Linking up with the fabulous Katie’s Ordinary Moments.
Katie @mummydaddyme says
Gorgeous photos of you, just lovely. That’s the thing isn’t it, we relish a bit of time on our own and to have a bit of a break, but we actually miss them lots and can’t wait to get back to them. And the hello you get when they see you again is such a wonderful feeling! Glad you had a great time at the wedding. x
Thank you Katie, we really did have a blast but the best bit was coming home to the sweetest reception ever. I couldn’t tell you how loved and overwhelmingly bittersweet it all was. Made a great weekend end perfectly. Besides, the tomato soup accident on my cream linen dining room chairs. But we won’t spoil it with that now. lol Thanks for hosting.
Life at the Little Wood says
So sweet Jenny! What a beautiful little family 🙂 xx
Ahhh thank you so much! They are so fun!
Ahhhhhh how sweet!! It must have felt soooooo good to come home to two such happy little ones 🙂 we’ve not been away from Arthur for a night yet, this may well happen when my parents arrive this weekend. I’m already excited to come home to him when we leave haha! Xx
It truly is the best part, returning and them running/crawling into your arms with that love in their eyes. No one can ever recreate that! It’s priceless. Do it, it’s good for both parents and kids! Enjoy your parents visit too.
Those selfies are so lovely! And nothing beats cuddles, especially when you come in from having been away from them for a while, even if it’s just an hour or two. And especially after a night away.
Yes I could believe how overwhelming loved I felt walking back through the front door. It was bittersweet for sure! Selfies are grainy but you can’t beat a good moment. lol
Enjoyed reading this blogpost, so lucky you are to have the kids granny babysit them while you are away. i love all these selfies!
Haha we are getting better at selfies it’s a learning process. Yes we are, as we didn’t have her around the first two years with Buba it’s been amazing to have her around now especially with two. We didn’t get any babysitting for two years so it was long overdue as all my family live in America. We are so grateful now. We had a blast too. At first I was nervous but then once I got dancing with Mr P it was long overdue.
Hayley @hayleyfromhome says
You gorgeous bunch, what lovely selfies! We are having a night away in April for my very best friends wedding and I’m a little nervous, even though it is only 40 mins away. I’m glad you enjoyed your night though and extra special to come home to that greeting x
It’s hard a first, the first few hours but then it’s so worth it. It’s good for both parents and kids. Promise. Enjoy every minute of it because it is rare but lovely to come home to those cuddles too. Worth it just for that.
The best part of being away is definitely coming home to those big hugs, kisses, and squeals of “I missed you”! Whenever my husband or I have to go out of town the kids take comfort in having a sleepover together. They hunker down in one of their rooms and have a talk about how much they miss mommy or daddy before bed…it is the sweetest thing, especially since they usually fight like cats and dogs! The selfies are great! Bubby is 5 and totally into selfies…I just had to delete about 50 from his Kindle that were of about a third of his face and/or blurry…he is also partial to doing selfies with me in the wee hours of the morning on my cell while I’m still sleeping lol! I have deleted countless shots of my sleeping face 🙂 Missy Moo will definitely come around…and even though she is not that into it, she always looks so darn cute!
I love getting my phone off Buba and seeing that there are random pictures of his feet, half a face, and the wall mostly about a hundreds time over. lol Good old selfies. Never been good at it myself. Need a longer arm. lmao
These photos of you and your children are so cute! Well done for having your first night away from them! x Mel
Thanks it was hard at first but glad we did it. We really enjoyed ourselves. So worth the cuddles on the return.
Sara (@mumturnedmom) says
Those selfies are just fab! Gorgeous 🙂 Cuddles really are the best xx
Never good when you get the double chin in but hard as I don’t have that long of arms. A good selfie comes from long armed people! lol hahaha Cuddles really are the best for sure.
Awww such gorgeous Selfies! Tyne already knows how to take them, how bad is that?! Lol!
What did you think of Liverpool? That’s my home town <3 xx
That’s funny, I just started. I have never been good at selfies. But Buba is becoming a pro! lol Liverpool was good, we only saw the wedding venue though, otherwise I have never been. But meeting up with the friends we met and going on a night out and a shopping day trip so I will let you know. Heard great things about it. lol
Such lovely selfies. You’re all peas in a pod! It is lovely to have a night away but even better to come back home to your children x
I think the reception we receiving walking back through the front door was worth it to go away. Great time both away and coming back to them.
Aww your selfies are just perfect, me and my daughter take far too many! I remember when me and my partner first left our little girl when we both had to do something I was so worried but the excitement and cherished cuddles when we were back were amazing! xxx
It’s funny how we don’t want to leave then are glad we did but so relieved to be back home with them again.
So lovely to have time away not least because you realise how much you miss them. SUch cute photos too.
Thank you Rebecca. We did miss them so much. So true. It’s always good to have a good welcome home. 😉
What GORGEOUS photos! 🙂
The best bit about leaving them in coming back isn’t it x
So true Colette, I really missed them but it is good for both to have time a part then reunite with lots of hugs and kisses.
Awww lovely photos, and how cute they love to take selfies, these are great memories to cherish
Thanks Anna. It’s too bad selfies always come out so grainy. But they capture the moment that’s what makes the most. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.
Gemma Mills says
I actually like the graininess. Makes them look more authentic. I love your sons curls too. Dexter’s look like a shaggy mop but I can’t bring myself to cut it.
I know I think we cut it too short this time and he lost a lot of curls. Grainy but a great moment and that’s what counts haha. Thank you for stopping by and commenting.