We’ve travelled a bit over the last few weeks, juggling beds and having adventures, and whilst I love to travel there is something special about coming home to your own bed!
Last week Dadtired was working away in France. The children are used to Daddy disappearing for work, and with the aid of Skype the distance is less obvious. But once the PC lid closes and I head for bed I do still find it lonely at times.
Mademoiselle had a gymnastic competition in Jersey at the weekend, so it was our turn to travel. I know it’s a long way to go a hobby but it’s something she really wants to do – and clearly has some aptitude towards it otherwise she wouldn’t be in the Squad.
Travelling to Jersey with Mademoiselle was so special. I’m trying to have more Mummy-Daughter days out, and this was the ultimate daughter-date. We haven’t had an overnight away, just the two of us since Little Mister was born nearly five years ago!
Spending time with my 8yo, talking to her about her interests without having to answer interruptions about super heroes was priceless. In between competitions we travelled to a few of the beautiful beaches in Jersey, including St Brelade’s Bay and we just used our imaginations and enjoyed each other’s company.
To balance the guilt (yup, it’s always there!) I organised a travel adventure for Little Mister, so he wouldn’t feel left out. His Big Boy adventure started when Mimi (his grandmother name), took him on a the train a sandwich bag and snacks (Little Mister always needs to know where his food source is coming from!), to a sleepover with his two cousins.
Any concerns I had about him being away from home faded on day one as I attempted to talk to him. He didn’t seem to miss us at all. So much so he stayed an extra night!
Finally, this week I’ve travelled to Bristol with work, and I know my travel will continue for the next few weeks. I’m lucky to be working for one of the biggest food festivals in the country – Bristol Food Connections – and it starts in two weeks time. I love the festival and all that goes with it, and the amazing people I’m working with, however since having the children travelling for work was something I was happy to leave to Dadtired – but this time it’s different.
Mimi will be travelling to our house and being deputy-Mummy for the times I’m away, and she’s the only person I could trust to do the job. I’m so lucky to have such a hands on, engaged and loving Mum who’s happy to step in.
So a few more weeks of travelling are on the cards for me, but for now we’re all back home. In one place. In our own beds, and it feels great!
I hope you had a great week
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I'm Tracey, nice to meet you. Mummyshire was 'born' three years ago after we moved from London to the Oxford countryside. Here I chart our journey adjusting to our new lives, the challenges of being in the countryside & surviving parenthood.