Last week my mam came to visit us from England. Since moving to Northern Ireland seven years ago, I’ve seen my mam only a handful of times. That’s the problem when you are separated by a body of water, it’s not so easy to visit. It’s not as easy as getting a return on the train and meeting up for the day, or taking a drive on a day off. Visits now tend to be reserved for special occasions, usually Christmas.
Unfortunately this Christmas the cost of plane travel was too much, meaning my mam couldn’t visit over the holiday season. What cost us £50 in 2015 was going to cost £150, and it just wasn’t in our budget. It was disappointing, but not much could be done as there’s not really any other way to travel. Instead we booked tickets for her to come in January instead, to celebrate both Neil’s and her own birthday.
It’s sad that the kids don’t get to see their nana as often as I would like. I grew up spending a lot of time with my nana, I loved her to bits, and I’d love my kids to have the same kind of relationship with their nana too. So of course, it’s always lovely for them to have their nana over to stay for the week. Caitlin kindly offered up her bedroom for the week, and spent lots of time getting it tidy and making sure it was suitable for our guest.
We had a lovely week, although the weather was a bit crap and kept us indoors for a large portion of it. We did manage to get out for a walk around the forest park one day which was great, and we spent some time together watching movies and enjoying some good food.
To finish off the week we went out for a nice meal at an Italian restaurant. Eating out isn’t something I do often, I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve gone out for a meal since I moved here. It’s such an ordinary thing to do, but it’s so out of the ordinary for us.
And you know what? It was lovely. We purposely chose a time when the place wouldn’t be too crowded, because Neil doesn’t do too well in noisy, crowded environments. Being quiet meant we got served quickly, which was another bonus. The food was delicious, beautifully presented and served in huge portions (which meant we got to take a pizza box full of left over home, can’t complain about that).
The kids really enjoyed themselves, and it was a nice way to spend a bit of time with my mam before she went home the next day. The perfect end to a lovely week.
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