Sometimes You Just Need To Go Home

I love that we live minutes away from both sets of our parents.  When we moved to our forever house we knew the village we wanted to live in and as we planned our future we wanted to be close to our families.  We see our parents several times a week and I often pop to my mum and dads house for a few hours in a afternoon.

As we live so close by there is not really a need to stay over at my mums house because the drive home is roughly three minutes.  The last time I stayed the night was the eve of my wedding, and it’s not something I’ve particularly thought about.  Until now.

Last weekend my other half was away Friday to Sunday night on a charity canoe trip.  Rather than spend all weekend in our house on my own I arranged to stay at my parents house on Saturday night.

As O had been asking from about 10am when we were going to Nana’s we headed over at about 2pm.  It was a gorgeous sunny afternoon and my parents have a south facing back garden.  O played in the garden, G napped and I chilled out with a G&T.

The whole of the afternoon was spent in the garden, playing games with O, sipping Prosecco and enjoying the glorious weather.  My dad made dinner and we all sat round the dining room table as G smiled at us from his baby seat.  O has his own bedroom at my mums, one he shares with his cousin so he was more than happy to head off to bed at his usual time after a story.

My mum took G for cuddles, so I headed off for a bath.  Since G was born I have managed one bath, a quick 15 minute affair, so this was a real treat.  I chilled out and watched one and a half episodes of the new season of Orange Is The New Black, bliss.

The next morning my parents got up with O at 5:45am, allowing me to have a lie in until 7 with G.  After getting up my breakfast was made for me and we chilled out in the conservatory watching kids films.  The afternoon was spent at a local makers market before me and the boys headed back home at about 4pm.

It was a really chilled weekend and there’s something so comforting about being back in your parents home, in the bedroom where you spent the majority of your childhood.  A house that holds memories in every nook and cranny.

And there’s something wonderful about being with your parents.  The people who have seen you at your best and at your very worst.  Despite being a 30-something, married mum of two, sometimes it’s nice to be looked after by your own mum and dad in a way that only they can.

I came home after that one night away feeling more refreshed, more relaxed than I had in a long time.  My husband works long hours and is quite often home after the boys have gone to bed.  It was lovely having two other pairs of hands there to help and my mum and dad loved having us all there.

I don’t think I’ll be leaving it another six and a half years before our next sleepover!



  1. August 9, 2016 / 5:35 pm

    Aww! How lovely and what a treat! When my eldest was first born I would go every couple of weeks for a sleepover at my parents house. It was nice being looked after.
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  2. August 10, 2016 / 10:12 am

    So glad that you felt so refreshed after your sleepover at your parents’ house – I can imagine it must be lovely to have that time somewhere that is so full of memories. I used to love staying at my mum’s house when she had room for us and taking advantage of being able to have a few extra moments for myself! 🙂 #bloggerclubuk
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  3. Lou
    August 10, 2016 / 4:12 pm

    You are very lucky- it sounds like they like looking after you and your little one when you visit and spoiling you- bliss!!#BloggerClubUK

  4. August 10, 2016 / 5:48 pm

    I loved reading this – I live about 40 minutes from my parents which isn’t too far, but a little too far just to pop in for a cuppa if that makes sense – this is something I definitely miss.

    I’m so close to my parents especially my Mum and she is still the person that I need when something goes wrong. I love going home and being looked after. How lucky are we? #bloggersclubuk

  5. August 10, 2016 / 7:32 pm

    That sounds so lovely! I spent the weekend at my parents’ house too, but had to travel about 6 hours to get there. It was lovely though, to be back home and looked after! x #BloggerClubUK
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  6. Mess and Merlot
    August 11, 2016 / 10:46 am

    Oh it sounds idyllic!! Yes sometimes it’s nice to have someone to look after you for a change.You’re so lucky to have both sets of grandparents nearby, I’d be taking full advantage of that 🙂 #BloggerClubUK

  7. August 11, 2016 / 12:40 pm

    I agree, it doesn’t matter how old you are going home and being pampered by your parents is fabulous. I am off to see mine next week and just can’t wait. #BloggerClubUK

  8. August 11, 2016 / 1:45 pm

    Fortunately my parents are only a 5 minute drive from us too so they’ve been invaluable for last-minute babysitting etc or just to pop by for something different to do with the little one! I THINK they enjoy it too!! #bloggerclubUK

  9. August 11, 2016 / 7:41 pm

    That’s sounds wonderful, it’s so nice to get looked after. You’re so right, they know you so well, so you can really be yourself. What a lovely weekend to have. X #bloggerclubuk

  10. sunita
    August 12, 2016 / 8:53 am

    There is something lovely being back at home. I know when I go to my mum’s it feels like I’m a kid again. I get to lie-in, eat what I want…What a lovely post Hope it makes your mummy and daddy feel all fuzzy!

  11. August 14, 2016 / 7:50 am

    When I was pregnant with no. 1, we moved counties. My husband went ahead to get the new house ready and I started maternity leave. We’d given up our flat and I went to my parents. I had such a lovely relaxing time, read the whole Harry Potter series, long baths, making yummy food with my parents. It was a real treat! #bloggerclubUK

  12. August 14, 2016 / 8:56 pm

    You do!! You absolutely do!! Paul works away now and again and I either go and stay at my parents’ house or they come to me. It’s brilliant!!

  13. Emma and Family
    December 29, 2016 / 9:47 am

    I love going and staying at my mums, she is only 20mins down the road but I do the same if my partner goes away and I love it!

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