There is not much to enjoy in January which is why I wrote my personal bucket list for 2014. However Waitrose have come up with a fab way to put a smile on faces. If you spend £50 online they will pop a free bottle of award winning champagne into your shopping delivery.
This got me thinking what I would do with a free bottle of bubbly?
Would I invite the girls over?
Would I drink it myself whilst sitting in the bath?
Would I share it with mum or save it for a special occasion?
In reality I would like to have a meal at home with my husband. It doesn’t sound too much to ask does it? But I would like no interruptions from the children and that is the sticking point! When children are young the days are fast paced and a rollercoaster of ups and downs. Daily chores are managed along with school runs and calls of ‘can you wipe my bottom’ However I was always safe in the knowledge that come 7pm my time is my own again. It was time for a good meal, a relaxing bath followed by switching off and watching some TV.
Those babies grow up. They turn into tweens and then into teens. Tweens is still doable, often in bed about 8pm. Teens on the other hand see you battling for the remote control, they decide to have a bath just as you have mentally thought the same. They need driving to friends or back from hockey practice. They sit with you all evening, yet they are not quiet with the iphone beeping and bleeping all night. I have now resigned myself to often going to bed at the same time as my teen. Therefore I have no child free time. My every waking moment is with children, I even work with them!!! No break from their questions. It recently dawned on me my only time without children is my 9 mile drive to and from work. No time when it is just me and the husband to chat, to eat a meal for two.
Whilst I wouldn’t change it – it would be lovely to occasionally have the house to ourselves, for a meal. Therefore with my champagne I would cook a meal and say thank you to my husband for being a wonderful dad and just have a chat with him. It might not sound glamorous but it would be a fab evening. It is the little things that matter.
Once we recognised that we do not spend any child free time together we have attempted to rectify it. We have actually booked a five night break to Spain without the children. They will be going on their own short break to nanny and grandads. I cannot wait to go away, eat good food, read books and relax together.
So my question is who would you share a bottle of champagne with?
Disclosure: I was gifted the champagne and a voucher to have that elusive meal when we get time!