Last weekend I turned thirty, a milestone which to be honest I wasn't particularly looking forward to. I was quite happy in my twenties and as it loomed ever closer I felt a little disheartened about the thought of leaving them behind.
In fact, I had one of the most lovely weekends that I have had in a very long time. Mr E and I haven't really 'done' birthdays since the girls came along, not properly anyway. But he went all out for my 30th, and I was spoilt and treated all weekend. I know that I am very lucky to have my husband and all that he does for us the majority of the time, but he really did make my birthday so special and I am so thankful to him for that.
He had planned the whole weekend. On Thursday night we went over to my Dads for dinner which was a nice pre birthday celebration. On Friday, my actual birthday we went to meet some family and friends for lunch in the pretty little village I went to school. Then Friday night I went out for dinner with my Mum's side of the family. Saturday we went off shopping for the day while my Mum had the girls and I got to spend my birthday money. It was great to buy a few clothes as I was in desperate need for some wardrobe updating. Saturday night we had a double date with Lucy and her hubby which as always was great fun.
On Sunday we dropped the girls off at my Dads and headed off to Henley on Thames in Oxfordshire for our first night away since we became parents. We have been away as a family, or separately but never together without the girls so it was a real treat. We spent a relaxing day before having some dinner and drinks in the evening. After a mini lie in, we headed back to our girls on Monday lunchtime and were treated to the best cuddles.
Here is our weekend in a mixture of big camera and iPhone photos...
I was in total shock when I opened my presents, Mr E had completely and utterly treated me. I got lots of lovely bits, and from the girls I got an iPod shuffle which he had engraved with 'To Mummy Happy 30th, Love Mads and LL.'
He got me a gorgeous set of stacking rings and a new watch which I was blown away with, and he thoughtfully got it engraved with a lovely message. Serious brownie points.
Our little family at lunch.
This girl was in her element with all the attention.
On Saturday afternoon after we got back from shopping we took these girls to the park to let off some steam.
Enjoying the late afternoon sunshine.
Enjoying the river in Henley on our first night away.
Relaxing. We couldn't have asked for nicer weather.
We stopped off at this beautiful little village called Hambleden for a walk in the sunshine.
Our room for the night was gorgeous, we took advantage of TV watching in the bath. ;)
We sat in a pub for ages reading magazines, one of those silly things you miss when you don't do it anymore.
Selfies by the river and pink fizz.
All in all it was the most amazing weekend and I feel sad that it's over. I couldn't have asked for anything better for turning thirty and I feel so lucky to have my husband, girls, family and friends who made me feel so special.
Now it's back to reality with a bang and lots of washing, work and cleaning to catch up on.
But with lots of happy memories.