Sunday, 21 December 2014

Date afternoon

What a busy week this last week has been as everything finished up for the Christmas break.  We've had Christmas parties, birthday parties, playdates as well as all the usual activities, and that's just Lucas and Charlotte.  By Friday I was exhausted and craving some chill out time.

So when my mum offered to have Lucas and Charlotte this afternoon Mark and I jumped at the chance of a spontaneous date.  After 14 years together I still get excited about things like this, when we get to spend time just the two of us.

We decided to stay local and headed to a country house hotel, Meldrum House.  Its so pretty at any time of year, but looks especially magical at Christmas.  As we drove up the winding drive it looked the glow from the candles in the windows looked so inviting - just the place we were looking for to relax on a miserable December afternoon.

We ordered some hot drinks and snuggled up in the hotel's 'Cave bar'.  Its such a quaint little nook of the hotel filled with old fashioned lanterns, leather arm chairs and a wall full of different whiskys. From where we were sat you could see the open fire roaring in the reception making it feel even more cosy and Christmasy.

I love dates like this which are so simple and spur of the moment. As we chatted about life in general and plans for next year we agreed that it had been so nice to take a break from the chaos of Christmas, shut out the world for a couple of hours and catch up with each other.  As much as we love our little ones its still nice to have a bit of time to ourselves.  I always feel like I'm a better mummy once I've had a little me time and feel refreshed and raring to go again. Does anyone else feel like this?  

In 2015 we're going to make an effort to have more of these date nights, afternoons, whatever...  I'm not really one for New Years resolutions but if I was this would be one of them.  Nothing elaborate or expensive (although the odd night away or nice meal would be nice), just a chat over a good coffee or glass of wine sounds like bliss to me.  The simple things really are the best sometimes.

For now though its back to the Christmas chaos and with only 4 sleeps to go until the big day we're all bursting with excitement.  Just a few last jobs to do and then we can relax and enjoy time with family and friends.

Merry Christmas!


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