Sunday, 10 March 2013

Breakfast in Bed


At about seven this morning I opened my eyes to find Angus standing by my side of the bed, hair sticking up in all directions, staring at me, clutching his bunny. I smiled (it was after seven, after all) and moved over to make room for him. I tried for a sleepy cuddle but he was chatty and wide awake and demanded the light be switched on. Then Bella came wandering through, remembering that it was Mother's Day and that there were cards and presents hidden under the bed for me. A new cookery book was duly unwrapped and admired then John took the kids downstairs. There followed loud whispering and clanking and then they all appeared with a breakfast tray for me. Toast and marmalade, a cup of tea, flowers in a little vase (stolen straight off the mantle piece in the living room), and some paper flowers Bella had made. I had about ten minutes to myself before the kids got bored and got into bed with me. Bella wanted help with her story writing (she starts a new one each day and they usually involve mermaids, dragons and princesses and end with a wedding) and Angus wanted my phone so that he could to watch the Gangnam Style video, his current obsession. 

It was lovely. I can't remember the last time that John wasn't working on Mother's Day, or when I ever had breakfast in bed in the last six years. It made up for the last few years when I had to put up with everyone else's facebook updates of their own fabulous Mother's Day activities while I was home alone with two small kids and no help. So yes, I did enjoy it, and yes, I think I earned it too. I'm sure next year John will be working again and it will be just the three of us.

Then there was a trip to B&Q for plumbing bits and bobs (no idea - some kind of pipe, maybe?), monolithic BLTs for lunch, baking, a birthday party, some DIY, just your normal stay-at-home Sunday activites. Also, it's freezing! We've had a little snow and an icy wind has been blowing all day.

Also, something else occurred to me today... I have been watching Bella grow up ever so fast since she started school and sometimes it alarms me and other times I could not be more proud of her. But this year, this year Bella owned Mother's Day. I don't know if they'd been prepping her at school or what, but she was full of helpful suggestions; flowers, breakfast in bed, handmade gifts, a card, a drawing. And I did think that this growing up lark could work out quite well after all.

37 comments:

  1. Definitely a well earned Mother's Day. Glad you got to enjoy it all together x

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  2. Gillian,

    I just adored this post.

    I had a lie in and the boys brought me a cup of tea in bed. It was bliss!

    Leanne xx

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  3. Sounds just perfect, happy you had a wonderful Mother's Day that you wished for...
    Ivan x

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  4. Hi Gillian ... glad to hear you had such a lovely Mothers Day ... it was very similiar here ... breakfast in bed, lovely little pressies made at school ... and the promise of a relaxing day for me ... freezing here too ... we even had a little snow ... Bee xx

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  5. Sounds absolutely perfect! And well deserved too. Such lovely kids you have, treating you to breakfast in bed. Glad John was home to enjoy it with you. you lucky lady :)

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  6. Your day sounds wonderful. Your family so sweet. The sandwiches look delicious. Happy Mother's Day to you!

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  7. Sounds great! A dozen Cyrene eggs and a cd for me. My son knows me well!! Then off to watch him in a rugby match. Goodness it was freezing! X

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  8. A lovely post Gillian, sounds like a fab day and my boy is Gangnam mad too! Jo xx

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  9. There is something special about breakfast in bed on Mothers Day. It was a similar day here... I was woken early and enjoyed a yummy breakfast in bed with the children too. No snow yet though just very cold.

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  10. How wonderful. I've never had breakfast in bed, so I'm living vicariously. You have a lovely family and they clearly love you very much.

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  11. I am one part happy for you and one part jealous!! You deserve it all x ps let me know if the book is any good, I have had my eye on it.

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  12. What a beautiful day you've had! Happy Mothers Day to you. The growing up thing certainly has its advantages - at the moment my 8 year old loves baking cakes in the afternoons (all by herself without me even entering the kitchen!) which we all think is just wonderful.....Mel x

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  13. Oh that sounds lovely, breakfast in bed made by your wee ones, what could be nicer? Glad you enjoyed your day.
    M xxxx

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  14. What a lovely day - it reminded me of the days when my daughters were small, now they have little ones bringing them tea and toast in bed. Time moves at a pace x

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  15. Happy Mother's Day! That sounded wonderful!

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  16. Happy Mother's Day! Mums day is in May for us here in the Southern Hempishere. Hoping for Breakfast in bed too xo

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  17. Ahhhh sweet Happy Mothers Day.

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  18. Happy Mother's Day!
    I loved this post a lot. I enjoyed the presents you got (and the whole affair of congratulating you). I am impressed that your daughter writes a story a day! :) And that she can organize a celebration so well!
    A nice day to you all!

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  19. Happy Mother's Day Gillian. How fun to have breakfast in bed. It looks like you had a wonderful day :)

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  20. Breakfast in bed is such a treat, I'm glad you enjoyed your day so much.
    You are one very proud mummy of your two very thoughtful little ones, it shines through in your words.
    Lisa x

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  21. Sounds perfect. The twins came bustling in with my present and announced I had some chocolate fingers for my present. Indeed I did, contained inside a lovely new spotty biscuit tin! I'm dreading them starting school, not til next year though, but I know they'll change so much. Cherishing every day together until then :-)

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  22. Sounds a lovely day :) I got breakfast in bed too - my 17 managed to wake himself up early enough to do it :)

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  23. Breakfast in bed sounds lovely, glad you had such a wonderful day. Bella is so clever to write a story a day and her writing is so neat. xx

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  24. Oh Gillian, you're a lucky woman!! Your family is adorable. This post makes us feel the warmth of home. A hug. :D

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  25. All sounds wonderful Gillian and brings back memories of when my children were small! Pleased you had a wonderful day xx

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  26. It sounds like you had a wonderful Mother's Day. Glad you enjoyed it. What neat writing Bella has.

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  27. Ah, it looks like a good morning! I love that Bella writes a story every day, I used to do the same :) the bacon sarnie looks good too!

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  28. ooo this souds wonderful, i have to admit i feel a bit overlooked and forgotten this mothers day and ever so slightly knife weilding resentful of my husbands carefree, sleeping in while you get up life! hey ho hum x

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  29. What a wonderful sounding mothers day!
    Thanks for the camera advice, I still haven't bought one yet. No camera shops near here and I would like to 'touch' it before buying!

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  30. ah, this post made me giggle! glad you had a nice day x

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  31. Awww such a nice day and "Happy belated Mother's Day!" I had no idea that you guys celebrate in March, we celebrate in May. I'm so glad you husband had the day off and you we all able to be together as a family on such a special day!

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  32. Happy Mother's Day - yours sounds like it was amazing! It's only celebrated in SA in May so will have to refer my husband to your blog for some ideas :-) x

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