When your children start growing up, when they start to spread their wings and life at home is just a part of their life, and no longer the centre of their universe, it can become quite challenging as a parent. And it's very hard to come to terms with as well!
When you plan to have a family what do you imagine? You imagine toddlers, plastic toys, car seats and caravans don't you? Not for a minute, when you're knocking back your Folic Acid, do you think of them taller than you, eating you out of house and home, and wandering in in the small hours. Doesn't occur to you!
My precious girls are 16 and 19 and my absolute world. I adore them, I love that they are growing up to become happy, funny, confident and cheeky young ladies with so very much to look forward to and enjoy. And I also love the fact that I'm getting just a bit more time to myself and am able to wander off to a car booty with Robbie on a Sunday morning without two whining girls in the back seat! But, with that comes a dilemma: What can you do with them? Where can you go? What can you offer to draw them away from their laptops and social life? Well, in our case the answer is simple: Take them out to eat!
We're on a budget and a pretty strict one at that, so eating out is just an occasional treat and so we make the most of it. And I'm a planner. And an organiser.... So, last night off we went to Mono, our favourite Vegan and Vegetarian super relaxed and super yummy cafe/restaurant. And in I went with a plan for a table game... If I didn't steer it, poor Robbie wouldn't get a look-in conversation wise and I'd be up the creek when the subject of YouTube and Instagram came up....!
So the game was this: Go round the table and take turns asking the question: Who's the most....? Then put your case forward and at the end take a vote. Ohmygiddyaunt, never again!
Who's the most selfish: Eldest (me a close second!)
Who's the most likely to get married first: Youngest (eldest full of questions....!)
Who's the most likely to move abroad: Youngest (nooooo!!!!!)
Who's the most likely to make a million: Me (hahahahaha, I wish!)
Who's the most organised: Me (This was so close, we were all desperate to win, what does that tell ya?!)
Who's the funniest: Eldest (Dad second)
Who's the most arrogant: Youngest (but in a good way, obviously!)
Who's the most motivated: Dad (Mum second. Come on girls, keep up!)
Who's the prettiest: Eldest (Youngest didn't want to be...!)
Who's the most grateful: Me (No competition with my background!)
Oh my the list went on and on and Dinner passed in a blur of garlic mushrooms and burrito's. It was such a good night and as the list above confirms, it made me so very very grateful for my beautiful little family that I love so very very much.
Be back soon!