The Ordinary Moments – A Quiet Night In

For us this is a bit of a retro ordinary moment. Just over 4 years ago we moved into our dream house, in a gorgeous little village, pretty much equidistant between two lovely pubs. One is 1 min 13 seconds walk away (believe me, I’ve timed it!), the other only an additional 30 seconds.

In our pre O days we would often pop to one of the pubs for a drink afterwork or a quick one after dinner. With a small child this became a thing of the past. Going out past 6pm is a luxury we’ve only just started to enjoy again now that he’s getting a little bit older, and even now it’s hardly the most relaxing of events!

On Wednesday night O was having a sleepover at nana’s, and we had planned a night out in town. After a late flight back from London for hubby, we opted for a night in with a takeaway instead. But whilst O was away we took the chance to go for a drink, whilst we were waiting for food.

It was lovely having the freedom to pop to the pub, something we once took for granted but now felt like such a luxury. After a Guinness and G&T we headed off to pick up the takeaway and had a lazy night in front of the tele. It didn’t matter how loud the TV was, or that the stair gates were open. We didn’t need to go into panic mode if one of the dogs started barking, and the baby monitor stayed safely on it’s charger for the night!

The whole evening was a repeat of one we used to do so often before we became parents, when we had no one else to worry about. For one night only, it was so special to relive it!

mummy daddy me



  1. March 30, 2014 / 6:39 am

    Oh it sounds blissful! Glad you had a night to yourselves! I can’t imagine not being glued to the monitor all evening – what freedom! X

    • March 30, 2014 / 8:58 pm

      My initial reaction was to pick it up ad had to stop myself taking it upstairs when I remembered we didn’t need it! x

  2. March 30, 2014 / 9:27 am

    It’s so important to have a bit of ‘us time’, glad you had a lovely evening x

    • March 30, 2014 / 8:59 pm

      I completely agree, we’re lucky to have grandparents so close who are always happy to babysit x

  3. March 30, 2014 / 10:15 am

    I love ‘ordinary’ moments like these. The ones where we remember the ‘us’ that we are, as individuals & couples. & the ability to enjoy them guilt & judgement free! I can say, I’m seriously jealous, you lucky gal!! xxxx

    • March 30, 2014 / 9:01 pm

      It was lovely. In the past year O had only stayed out 3 or 4 times and we always feel we need to make a big deal of a night without him, but it was so nice to be in our own home, just relaxing. And you know you always sleep better in your own bed x

  4. March 30, 2014 / 10:35 am

    Sounds like bliss Jo! I’m all for date night in (in matchy matchy pj’s, naturally! 😉 ) xx

    • March 30, 2014 / 9:02 pm

      Haha, we are normally in our fat face pj’s from 7pm onwards but we made a slight effort to not be too slobby until at least half 9. That’s romance for you right there! x

  5. Kerry
    March 30, 2014 / 10:56 am

    Sounds like a lovely evening, and it’s always so special to relive how you spent time with your partner before having kids.

  6. Mummy Hearts You
    March 30, 2014 / 4:42 pm

    Oh I know this feeling! We have 2 pubs in our village and it was so lovely to just walk there and sit and have a quite drink, now its completely different!! Running round the beer garden isn’t exactly a relaxing afternoon in the pub anymore!

  7. Lauren
    March 30, 2014 / 4:48 pm

    That sounds lovely. I’ve always wanted to live somewhere cute with a local pub.

  8. March 30, 2014 / 6:01 pm

    Sounds like such a lovely evening! Amazing how much your life changes when little ones come along. Things you once took for granted really become such treats! Glad you enjoyed a little evening off! Xx

  9. March 30, 2014 / 9:01 pm

    Lovely to read such an appreciative post. As you say, it’s just those ordinary moments… but important to keep in touch with them.

  10. Jenny
    March 30, 2014 / 9:09 pm

    Oh Jo glad you got to relive your ordinary night. Those are always so special. hurray for sleep over at nanas. I wish I could do that. My mom is too far away boo. 😉 Amazing how so many things change when we have kiddies. Good to be the old us sometimes too. #ordinarymoments

  11. March 30, 2014 / 9:24 pm

    Its definitely a great thing to do when you get the chance. Its brilliant how the most ordinary thing becomes out of the ordinary. Very glad you had a lovely evening 🙂

  12. Merlinda (@pixiedusk)
    March 31, 2014 / 1:31 pm

    ordinary but special moment =)

  13. mummydaddyme
    March 31, 2014 / 2:41 pm

    Ooh you lucky things- as much as I adore our girls I too love our nights off as well, but they are pretty rare in this house. I love nothing more than going for some dinner at one of our local pubs or a nice takeaway at home. Glad you both had a nice evening. x

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