Our trip back to the motherland

Our trip back to the motherland

I wasn’t ever really intending on posting a this is what I’ve been up to post but well I guess I’ve gone back on that one as the little ones and I have had such a fab week I couldn’t help myself, but I will keep it brief, so here goes….

So this week the babies and I left the OH at home and embarked on a mini break back to my home town of Bristol, don’t feel too sorry for the OH, it was as much a holiday for him. Anywho it was a week to spend with my family and friends, to have company all day every day, help with the babies all day every day (and night!) and a change of scenery for all in the post Christmas come down. It really was a fantastic week for everyone, although maybe not my poor old nan who was said company and help.

Having two young babies staying with people when visiting home can be a bit of an ask so we hired a little cottage just outside Bristol in Portishead. A small and basic little abode but one that served us well and gave us our own space to mess up and make noise in without being under the watchful eye of your host.

It has been a jam packed week of visiting friends and family, from my nearest and dearest to an old friend I haven’t seen since uni. Baby 1 was treated to the delights of soft play for the first time, she went to a grand total of 6 different soft plays and amazed me with how daring she was. At a tiny 17 months she threw herself into everything, she was all over da big kids shit. Leaping down the big slides, crawling through tunnels and climbing to the very top of the three stories… Yet I take her into the toilets put the hand dryer on and she hits the deck hiding her head screaming with fear, swings and roundabouts I guess. Everyday has been filled from the minute we got up to the minute we went to bed with things to entertain and occupy the children. They have spent time with my family, been showered with attention and spoilt with endless activities. I must say even I was spoilt this week.


I have posted before about how I believe grandparents are golden and my nan well and truly out did herself this week. She is 71 going on 41 and if I am ever half the grandparent she is I will be doing well. Despite my vehement protestations she did the night shift with baby 2 everyday for the whole week! I only had baby 1 to contend with, who for the most part, sleeps the night. For the first time since baby 1 was born 17 months ago, I slept, I had 7 consecutive (ish) nights sleep, it was as though my Christmases and birthdays for the next 50 years came at once, simple things ey. But her brilliance doesn’t stop there, she handed me a belated Christmas present – a voucher for treatments of my choice at a beauticians. So whilst she and my auntie looked after my babies I indulged in an Indian head massage and a manicure… HEAVEN – see I told ya grandparents are golden! If karma is your thing I must have been mother bloody Theresa of late to deserve all this.

It hasn’t been all plain sailing, whilst in Bristol my mum was admitted to hospital but at least I was here to pay her a visit and help out where I could.

So all in all it is with a heavy heart that I will be packing up the car and waving goodbye to our little holiday home and my friends and family. I will sorely miss the company and the endless activities, which has made being mum infinitely easier but I  will take this as a little lesson back home with me – we will get out more, (which we did a lot anyway) but when flying solo with two babies (when OH is at work) it doesn’t feel quite so easy but we will face it head on. As for Bristol, we will back but for now I’m sure my nan could do with the rest, so until next time!

Keep Calm and Carry On Linking Sunday

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  1. January 17, 2016 / 12:00 pm

    I’m glad you had a lovely time, and I’m sure all your family and friends were so pleased to see you all too. I hope your Mum will be ok.
    Amanda. #KCACOLS
    PS. Indian head massage sounds fab.

    • January 17, 2016 / 12:01 pm

      Ah thank you, and yeah it was truly fab! Xx

  2. January 17, 2016 / 5:07 pm

    Hi Tammy,

    Thanks for the follow on Twitter recently. I’ve enjoyed reading your blog. Had a flying visit to Bristol myself once upon a time. All too short unfortunately. I was recently nominated for a Liebster Award and I’m passing along the nomination to you too. Here’s the link.


    Looking forward to reading more.

    • January 17, 2016 / 7:59 pm

      Oh wow thank you, I’ll get to work on it soon as ☺️ xx

      • January 17, 2016 / 8:03 pm

        You are more than welcome. Take you time with it 😃

  3. January 17, 2016 / 7:00 pm

    Glad you had a great time and everyone enjoyed the visit. :)

    • January 17, 2016 / 7:58 pm

      Thank you x

  4. January 18, 2016 / 11:04 am

    Sounds like a brave trip on your own but great to have family near you in Bristol and catch up with everyone. What a gem your Nan is! #MarvMondays

    • January 18, 2016 / 12:03 pm

      Oh she is just fantastic! I had lots of family there so wasn’t on my own too much. Thanks for your comment xx

  5. January 21, 2016 / 9:56 pm

    Hiya! Sounds like a lovely trip. Thanks for sharing with #coolmumclub xx

  6. January 21, 2016 / 10:12 pm

    Goodness, your gran sounds amazing!! What a lovely break for you.
    Hope your mum’s ok.

  7. January 21, 2016 / 10:50 pm

    Oh my goodness your nan sounds amazing!! Sound like you had a wonderful time and food to hear you got to sleep AND be pampered too!

    Thanks for much for linking up to #KCACOLS I hope to see you back again on Sunday! X

    • January 23, 2016 / 2:14 pm

      Yes she is truly fab I was veer lucky that entire week. Thank you for your comment x

  8. January 22, 2016 / 10:08 am

    Family and friends are a god send when it comes to helping out with the little ones. I enjoyed reading this post, will check out the rest of your blog #happydiaries

    Claire x

    • January 23, 2016 / 2:12 pm

      Yes they are aren’t they, I couldn’t do it alone. Thank you for your lovely comment xx

  9. January 23, 2016 / 12:38 am

    I can see that you had a fantastic time back home. There is nothing like being at home with your family and friends! I wish I can do that more often but sadly for me it involves about 15 hrs flight so not very easy! Your nan sounds fantastic for her age!! Wow 71 and she was happy to take care of your baby!! Amazing!! Sorry to hear about your mum, I hope she gets better soon. Thanks so much for sharing this at #KCACOLS, :-) xx

    • January 23, 2016 / 2:12 pm

      Oh she is bloody amazing and yes at least I on,y have to drive down the motorway, must be hard having your family so far away xx

  10. January 24, 2016 / 5:41 pm

    I have to say, your gran sounds absolutely amazing! I cant believe she managed nighshifts, and for a whole week. Totally amazing! It sounds like you all had such a lovely week, such a lovely post for you to read and look back on later :-). Thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays

    • January 27, 2016 / 10:24 am

      Hey,I think posts like these are lovely because they give you a snapshot of some happy moments in time that you can look back on in years to come and smile with all the fond memories! It’s really lovely to hear that your Nan was a trooper and supported you so much with your little one at night times! I love going to visit family and friends you feel like you’re accomplishing something by being so busy throughout the week, and although I don’t have babies myself, I see it when my nieces and nephews are in company and we all spoil them rotten and give my family a chance to put their feet up or give them a well needed break! Lovely post :) #HappyDiaries