As a surprise for my birthday Andrew took a few days of annual leave to spend together as a family enjoying life. It was so exciting to ditch my plans for the day and have a spontaneous family outing.
I didn’t prepare meals or do dishes for days which, as any mother knows, is a big blessing and relief.
We went for a bike ride to a playground on my new (to me) bike. Andrew and Eva made a delicious carrot cake where they had lots of fun in the process. Eva is really into every part of the cooking right now even the carrot grating! They had fun in their matching aprons.
We went out to lunch at a delicious cafe at CERES with a huge play space for Eva to explore while we sat outside very rugged up in the cold wind but there was lovely sunshine.
We explored some new places to shop for bulk food and although this doesn’t sounds fun it was very inspiring to make plans for skipping supermarkets in the near future. These shopping investigations are much easier with one adult per child!
Eva and Andrew also made me a lovely card which was a beautiful blessing. They raided my card making supplies and Eva chose all the components for the card and made it with the help of Daddy. She then drew a picture of me on the inside (she has just started drawing people).
On my birthday I went to MOPS and was sung to as I forgot that the friendly hospitality mum has a birthday list. Here I was thinking that it would go under the radar! In the afternoon I was treated at High Tea at The Windsor with my cousin Emma which was just divine and so filling.
It continued the next day with a delicious birthdays dinner celebrating both Andrew and I at a Japanese restaurant with a grill in the middle of the table to cook our food on. Fun but a little warm. Andrew then took me to a past favourite hang out which was lovely.
Andrew’s five days off found us all rejuvenated and rested even though and especially because we didn’t travel anywhere, we just enjoyed life together. There were lots of moments of joy found in just doing the ordinary things. With more time just to sit and enjoy play at home and at playgrounds. Lots of opportunity to use the fireplace in the lounge room and enjoy the warmth. Eva and Hugo certainly enjoyed five Daddy Days in a row.