{The Ordinary Moments 14} #45 ‘It’s Ordinary…’

It’s ordinary to want to escape every now and again.  Escape might not be quite the right word but if I am honest sometimes I find motherhood utterly overwhelming at times.  It’s all consuming, it’s exhausting and of course it is wonderful.  There is nowhere else I would rather be and there is nothing I would rather be doing than being with my girls.  But before my girls came along and became my world, there was someone who held that title all on his own.

My husband.

I find it a little surreal now to think of life before them.  I often wonder what we did with our time, what we used to talk about and how we ever thought we were busy. I’m sure we were- we had work, full time jobs, busy social lives.  But somehow all that pales into comparison now we are raising a three and a one year old.  The truth is though, we had a life, a very nice life before our girls were in it.  Of course, life is a million times better now, but before Mads arrived in December 2010 we had almost six years of just being me and him.

Nowadays we don’t get much chance to just be us two.  We have the evenings when they are in bed, but inevitably we are busy with work or so tired from our days that we just want to slob on the sofa and watch television and not talk much.  I can probably count on two hands the number of date nights we have had since our girls were born- we actually have very willing babysitters but we are quite happy to just be together and do things as a family rather than spend time away from them.

However every once in a while you just need to have a break.  Spend some time away and reconnect as a couple.  So on Friday night we headed off into London for our second ever night away just the two of us in almost four years.  We kindly were invited to stay at the Hampton by Hilton Waterloo, a stylish and modern hotel and so we arranged for Mads and LL to go to Grandmas for the evening so we could have some time just the two of us.

We had an amazing evening.  We drank copious amounts of cocktails, were shocked by the prices considering we rarely go out anymore, (£19 for a round- good grief!) and held hands the whole time. We talked about the past, we laughed our heads off at old memories, and we talked about the future and our hopes and dreams.  We of course talked about the girls, of how proud we are of them and how lucky we were.  We went for dinner at Hawksmoor, somewhere I have been wanting to try for a long time, and it was pricey but delicious- the steak was incredible and the service was amazing.

It was lovely just to be together and we both woke up the next day with sore heads but happy smiles.  It was so nice to just be together for a bit and of course as we pulled into the drive at my Mum’s house we were both excited to see our terrible twosome, who greeted us with the happiest of welcomes and tales of their adventures with Grandma.

It’s ordinary to sometimes want to get away just for a little while…but it’s always our ordinary life that we always can’t wait to get back to.

(A few photos of our night… they are only with my phone and the light was awful but you get the idea…)


Mr E surprised me on the train with this- he’s always been so thoughtful.

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Before we went out- I love this pleather effect metallic skirt from Next.

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If you like steak you should definitely give one of the Hawksmoor resturants a try- we have been wanting to try it for ages and it didn’t disappoint.  It was more than we would normally spend on a meal, definitely a special occasion place but it was one of the best meals I have had in a long time.  We went to the Guildhall venue in the city.

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 We both went for the fillet- then we shared triple cooked chips, skinny fries, creamed spinach and mac and cheese, followed by salted caramel ice cream and salted caramel rolos- it was utterly delicious.

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We drank lots of these.

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We had a beautiful view of London from our hotel window- here’s the sun rising. (Why do we have an inability to lie in even when there are no children around?)

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We headed down the next day for breakfast- hotel breakfasts are definitely the best kind!  I loved these tiles and the breakfast set up in the Hilton, it was really relaxed with benches and no set seating.

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Loved spending quality time with my best friend.


  • Carie says:

    Oh what a lovely escape! H and I were together for 12 years before Kitty came along and married for 5 of them so we have a whole load of memories of our pre-children era but it feels like another life now and while we don’t have babysitters to hand exactly we have been known to leave the girls in nursery and take a days holiday to have some time together. It’s so lovely and so strange at the same time to be out together and able to hold hands without at least one tiny person swinging off the other arm isn’t it! It looks like you had a really great time, and I’m now seriously craving steak!!

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      It does indeed feel like another lifetime. Having a sneaky day together every now and again sounds lovely, I think we need to try that one day! x

  • Sounds like a perfect night away!!! It is definitely an odd thing to think back to a time before you had children!! I too often wonder what on earth we did with out time before that!!
    Can’t beat a good steak dinner especially if you can have some scrummy cocktails too, fabulous…totally envious!

  • We feel exactly the same Katie. I don’t want to spend time away, I do wish we were less tired so we could enjoy our evenings a little more. Like you I am always shocked at the cost of a round of drinks, we rarely venture out together, eek! Have a lovely weekend x

  • Your night away sounds lovely. It is strange when you go away as a couple because it feels strange when it was for so long the norm. O had a sleepover at Nana’s two weeks ago and usually we’re still up at 6, but we both slept in til half 9. Bliss! xx

  • Sounds lovely, it’s nice to have that time together. The hub and I are off next weekend for our anniversary so will be nice to sit down and chat. Hopefully we have some conversation! Love your outfit xx

  • I loved your post, and I agree completely. We went out for a family, child free, meal last week and it was lovely to recapture our relationship for a few hours, without all of our attention being on our little ones. Xx

  • Emma says:

    Awwww, gorgeous post Katie. You two are so lovely. xx

  • Lauren says:

    This sounds lovely Katie.
    We’ve not had a weekend away together for YEARS, at least not since we’ve had children. We’re hoping to have our first one next April, if not before.
    The food sounds amazing too, I now feel very hungry xx

  • Carolina J. says:

    Sounds great! I loved your outfit. Can I please ask you where you got your skirt from?

  • jenny says:

    So lovely you both got to get away together. Enjoy the little things of each other and make some great memories in the process. Looks like you made the most of it. Love that Mr E surprised you. He really needs to come teach Mr P a thing or two about romance. lol Great captures of your adventures. Indeed such a lovely ordinary moment(s) together. PS. Love your silk skirt too! Looks beautiful on you. Wish I could pull that type of skirt off.

  • You lucky thing!

    Sounds like you had a fab time xx

  • I think escape is definitely the right word. My husband and I go away on our own for 1-3 nights every year, and have done since our eldest was one. We’re having a London weekend in January and we can’t wait!

  • It is so nice to get away together – even if it is once every blue moon! You look like you had such fun. Always great to get home though isn’t it? Jess xx

  • Kay says:

    Lovely post! I am the same, why oh why when you get the opportunity to have a lie in you never can?!

    Kay xxx

  • It is necessary to take some time out. As you said, parenting is all-engrossing and takes over your mind and your time. It’s important to make sure bond between you and your partner is strong. After all this is the pivoting point of the family.

  • Aw how fab to have a little break on your own. We havn’t spent any time on our own since mini arrived 2 years though maybe we will next year. we do have little date nights though 🙂

  • It looks and sounds like a wonderful evening. I am so glad you got to spend time together. I love your skirt x

  • Amy says:

    You look gorgeous and looks like you had such an amazing time with your fav drinking buddy! Nights out and moments like this are precious xx

  • I am jealous of your ‘big people’ time! It’s made me want to book a night away before the new baby arrives and it will be years before we get away!
    First time linking up too, won’t be the last I hope!

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      Haha yes you need to do it before any new additions come along! 🙂 thanks for joining in- lovely to have you! x

  • Aah glad you had a fantastic night away, Katie! I definitely agree that it’s SO needed sometimes, as it’s easy to forget why you were together in the first place, aside from making children! The food sounds fantastic (as do the cocktails!). We’re going away in 2 weekends time for the night and I can’t wait. We were supposed to go this Saturday just gone for my birthday but was poorly so we had to postpone. Just hoping no one else is ill in our family to cause it to be delayed again! xx

  • Wow! It looks (and sounds) like you had a wonderful time!! That breakfast room is gorgeous 🙂 Both of us could do with a break post-move! xx

  • Hadn’t had anything like this since my son was born & he is 4 now =p

    This trip looks and feel so romantic in a cool way! Thanks for sharing =)

  • Anna-Marie says:

    How fab! and you look absolutely gorgeous Katie! lovely post and words xx

  • EEK! When I saw your instagram I was super excited as me and the hub are off to London for our anniversary at Crimbo. HOORAY! I can’t wait to mooch around and have some drinky pops. Glad you had a really lovely time xxx

  • Katie says:

    Cocktails, steak, adult conversation – perfect! I need one of these night soon – it’s bee way too long! Glad you had such an awesome time and i love that pic of the two of you all dolled up xxx

  • heledd says:

    I love this post for so many reasons! 1)you guys remind me of my husband and I so much (he’s my best friend too) and we also had a very rare night out on Friday (my post coming soon). 2) The pictures and your wonders are lovely and I share you sentiment – being a mum is tough but amazing at the same time.

    Thanks for hosting this fab linky xxx

  • Aw this is just magical. We always make a point of getting away for a night or two on our own every year. As the kids get older, it’s so hard to find any time at all on our own but I think it’s vital for a couple. We have the same conversations as you – what on earth did we do with our weekends before children?! It now seems to be all about chores, food shopping and getting homework done! Looks like you had a fab time and the sore heads were worth it 😉 x

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      Thanks Suzanne and it’s great that you make time to do it a couple of times a year too. I think we might try to make it something we do every six months or so, but I bet we don’t. x

  • Bells says:

    Hi! I always read but I’m terrible for commenting – however just had to comment on this post as it’s adorable 🙂 me and hubby haven’t had a date night/trip in a while due to our new little person being rather attached to his mummy (well rather, her ‘equipment’ haha!) but now he’s nearing 6 months and hopefully some solids, perhaps there are a few adult nights out on our horizon!!! Lovely post as always, I will try and comment more 🙂 x

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      Ah thank you lovely, its nice to know you are still reading. Haha to your equipment! Hopefully you will get a date night soon and it will be very well deserved. x

  • It’s such a lovely thing you two having time for just ‘you two’. We don’t get to do this often at all, and have probably only been out somewhere without our little ones only once this year and that was for a ‘cheese & wine’ evening at Y-M’s school! Something we’re trying to work on though! xxx

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      Aw well yes maybe 2105 you can get a bit more time together- it is hard to get away, plus we don’t do it often because we want to be with our little family. x

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