After a change to the plans for our weekend and some unexpected time on our hands - we went with the flow and ended up having the kind of relaxing yet fun few days that I could not have planned for.
With children asleep on Friday night - We enjoyed a Friday night in bed, with wine and snacks and an amazing movie...heaven!
On Saturday we introduced a new member into the family. Friends were needing to find a new home for their Guinea Pig and after witnessing Joshy's love of all things guinea pig over the summer, with every farm we visited, I knew he would be well loved here.
I picked the guinea pig up as Jay and the kids went bowling with friends to surprise him when he got home.
He was suitably surprised and had the biggest grin on his face when he discovered the guinea pig - later named 'Darthon the Destroyer' by Joshy.
He is adorable...we are all smitten!
A sweet day was perfectly topped off Saturday night with a date night with that fella of mine. Just a couple of hours away to reset, enjoy some one on one time and good food (and a rather nice dirty martini with blue cheese stuffed olives)
Sunday followed the same glorious flow as we headed out early to grab all the ingredients needed to have a thoroughly English-Sunday. I would usually do this trip alone and travel to various grocery stores getting supplies, but on Sunday we headed out as a family - which was kinda nice.
In the afternoon I prepared a Sunday Roast for sweet friends who had never experienced an English Sunday roast before.
After dinner, children got changed into their swimsuits and we all headed to the pool. The children swam and played and we got to enjoy our friends company. Win-win.
As we headed home last night with 2 very tired but happy children I could not help but feel blessed that we had just experienced a really good weekend with just the right combination of friendship and family.
There are so many days, the evenings are spent wrangling children into bed (with loud protests) and I am often left contemplating 'did they have too much time on the computer today?' 'did we spend enough time together today?' 'did they eat anything remotely healthy today??' and on and on and on, guilt that I am not doing all I should, guilt that my kids are missing out, guilt that I am not being the mother (and wife) I need to be.
I didn't have any of those thoughs last night. Not one...and that felt pretty damn good.