One thing I desperately want to savour and cling onto is our children's request to have one on one time. We've made a promise to them that we'll spend one day with them on their own a couple of times a year. So, a kind of date with Mum whilst Dad looks after the others and then a date with Dad and Visa Versa. The date doesn't have to be anything particularly magical, it's simply just about spending time and focusing on one child completely and making them feel special.
So far, I've had my dates with Pip and Bean and they both chose to go for a hot chocolate and cake and just have a chat! How sweet are they?! It was a lovely, special time as they rambled on about what they'd been doing at school and whatever was filling their little heads that day. Bean chose his hot chocolate date to be at my all time favourite cafe/ nursery which we have moved a little way from now but I was chuffed he still remembered it and wanted to go back there. We pottered around the nursery first and chose a couple of plants for our new garden, a new succulent for my ever expanding collection (succulents seem to be the thing I am pinning the most at the moment?!) before heading inside for a Guinness and Chocolate cake (Bean adored this)! Bean found an old, vintagey looking vegetable garden book and we spent some time planning what we would grow in our vegetable garden once we get it cleared. Bean chose vegetables that looked pretty, I was veering towards veg that mentioned it was easy to grow and not attractive to bugs! The two often didn't match up so who knows what we will end up growing!
I know they won't always want to spend time with us and won't always relish our company and so I really wanted to bottle this moment. Their happiness at having mummy time and listening to their ramblings and gaining their thoughts on their life at the minute was priceless.