Although we’ve had one or two ‘child-free’ evenings over the past month or two we’ve just been too busy to take advantage of the time to ourselves. We’ve either used the time to go shopping, to sit and wrap parcels or we’ve just been too tired to do anything other than slob out on the sofa or to catch up on some much-needed sleep.
Having got through the longest term of the year, my husband and I were both exhausted but both felt that we should mark the occasion (and make the most of our child-free evening for once) by getting ourselves into our glad rags and going ‘out out’.
Being the Friday before Christmas (aka Black-Eye-Friday) the pubs were packed as too was the dance floor. I’m not usually all that keen on being out when it’s busy but with it being Christmas, I quite enjoyed the atmosphere.
I’d already been out for a meal with colleagues earlier in the evening and having eaten a fair amount I was suffering somewhat from a ‘food coma’. Nevertheless, I managed a few drinks with my hubby and despite struggling with a suspected slipped disk, bust some moves on the dance floor before finally calling it day just past one in the morning.
To say I slept well that night is an understatement, I’m not sure whether an earthquake would have woken me as I was absolutely dead to the World. Thankfully I woke feeling fairly fresh and after throwing some clothes on and colouring my paper-white face with mounds of makeup, we collected the kids and drove through to the cinema with my Mother-in-law.
The boys were desperate to watch the latest installment of Star Wars, whereas E was dead set on watching Frozen 2 for a second time. I must admit that second-time around, it seemed a much better movie and my Mother-in-law seemed to enjoy it.
Having finished our films we hopped to the shops for some last-minute gift purchases and then a food shop before coming home. Upon arriving home, I think the past few days suddenly caught up with me and despite my best efforts I could barely keep my eyes open.
I really ought to slow down and to take things a little steadier but there’s just no time to stop at present. Today was a little easier, although I had a few errands to run and lunch at the in-laws, I eventually came home with the intention to rest and relax but found myself decluttering and re-organising my little ladies bedroom.
So much for the restful, relaxing holidays, it feels more like we are full speed ahead crashing into Christmas.
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