I went to an event next to Tower Bridge on Thursday evening. On the way there, from the tube, I passed by the Tower of London. I couldn’t resist stopping to take a photo as if I were a tourist. I don’t go to that part of London very often, so I guess I was a tourist. The sky was cloudy and threatening to rain. As I took the photo, I noticed The Shard towering behind. I love the contrasts in London – modern and old co-existing so wonderfully.
Quite often my blog is ‘Dubz this’ and ‘Moozles that’, but this week I wanted to write a little post about Husband. Recently we have been so busy that we haven’t been having our monthly date nights. In fact, we haven’t had one since March. This week we had a friend visiting from the USA, so we left the kids with the babysitter and we went out on a school night. That’s right, a school night.
We had a great time catching up with our friend. And yes, I love a good cocktail. But it was also nice just being out away from the kids and not talking about them all night. It was a huge reminder how important it is for us to go out on a regular basis, with or without friends. Sometimes, when you’re a parent you forget about who you are outside of work and home.
But we all need nights outs. I love a Friday night on the sofa watching Netflix. Who doesn’t?! But sometimes it is nice to hang out with your partner, whilst wearing a bra and proper clothes (and not just pajamas). And when you’ve brushed your hair and are wearing clean clothes? Your partner is as pleased as when you used to wear tight dresses and high heels (I actually used to!). And yes you can have dates at home, but there is something about leaving the house which encourages you to focus on more than just your children and the errands that you need to run. Do you make the time to go on regular dates with your partner? Or do you make dates at home work for you?
Husband has glue ear that he never outgrew. So we thought it likely that one, or both, of our children would have similar issues with their hearing. Moozles has had glue ear on-and-off for the past two years, since she was four. She had her adenoids out on Thursday. They also put grommets in both of ears.
Moozles was so scared to go to the hospital. She rarely goes to the doctor, apart from her various ear/hearing appointments. But within 45 minutes of waking up from the operation, she was smiling and eating a biscuit. So much worry for nothing. Such an ordinary moment that made me feel so happy.
My clever, sweet little girl. Who often doesn’t hear in class, but still manages to do so well. Maybe now she will raise her hand up when the teacher asks a question. Maybe now she will brush her teeth and get ready for bed when I ask. I am not too hopeful for the latter.
Last Sunday night we went to our first Bonfire Night fireworks display as a family. Moozles was beyond frightened of fireworks when she was little. I mean, she would shriek and scream like her leg was being chewed off (sorry for the imagery, but Husband and I have been binge-watching The Walking Dead).
Last year we had fireworks in the garden to get Moozles accustomed to them. She was fine so we thought this year we would get out and celebrate with proper big fireworks. The kids loved it. They oohed and aahhed. They ate hot dogs and had chocolate-covered apples. Dubz wore his sister’s sunglasses all evening. We had fun, with just a touch of our normal family craziness. It was an ordinary evening, but one I will remember for years to come.
An obligatory Halloween photo. Be thankful it’s not another pumpkin. Moozles wanted to be a ghost for Halloween, so of course her little brother wanted to be the same. Here they are, before we went trick-or-treating on Friday. They are being super spooky. Hope you can sleep tonight, after seeing such a scary sight. 😉