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A night alone with my husband …. #MummyMondays

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A night alone with my husband? With four kids, that is a distant memory. I can barely even remember what it is like to be honest.

Up until recently it had been well over a year since the kids had gone and stayed elsewhere for the night. With their grandparents living only an hour and half away this was a little saddening but more for them than us. *We do not expect anyone else to look after our children, they are our responsibility.

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Over the most recent school holidays however the older three had a sleepover at grandma and grandpas house so my husband and I only had bub. How were we going to spend our night? It had been so long since it was just us or this close to just us anyway, that we were stumped on what to do. We could go out for dinner, see a movie, do all the things we once loved to do or we could do something else.

Knowing that we could go and dine out when the kids were at school, we thought we would do something else. Camping it was! The kids didn’t leave until late afternoon so we had to get our shit together, quick! We packed up the ute and set off on our adventure into the Watagans National Park.

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With the sun fading fast we were racing the clock, at a safe speed of course! We got the fire started just as all light had gone. We set up the tent by torch and fire light. Thankfully we opted for a smaller tent that was easy to set up as it was only the three of us. We had set up camp in a matter of 30 minutes and were sitting back enjoying a drink and just enjoying each other’s company. We talked, we laughed and we reconnected.

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I’m sure many will not understand why we chose to camp instead of staying in a fancy shmancy hotel, the truth is, we love the outdoors. We love enjoying nature and all its beauty, to actually see the stars and be able to do it as a family (or in this case, alone). It was a fantastic night and I hope we can have more like them.

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Relationships need that time to reconnect, particularly when you have children.

When was the last time you had a night like this? How did you spend it?

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9 Comments

  1. 09/05/2016 / 6:25 am

    That sounds lovely! A night alone anywhere sounds lovely…

  2. 09/05/2016 / 8:56 am

    We’ve never had a night alone since we became parents {she’s almost 3}. My mum lives 15 mins away but hasnt been interested in having her overnight.

  3. 09/05/2016 / 9:36 am

    Oh how glad I am you have come to this realisation! In my experience as a parent (44 years now!) unless we took the opportunities to just be a couple again life would have gone on but in a diminished way. I am a great believer in ‘keeping the relationship’ going by putting it first. yes, before the kids!! Because it makes the kids’ relationships with you and each other better as the parents connect. I know everyone has reasons why they can’t…and yet, look at you, you did! My parents were always Ok to have our kids – they lived about an hour away and even came and stayed if needed. We have done the same with our kids and in turn have tremendous relationships with our 8 grandkids. They are now 90 mins away in Sydney but we invited them to school hols stays. I find it great for us (the grandparents) and wonderful for the break the parents get. More power to you and I hope you do this more! Denyse xx

  4. 09/05/2016 / 1:44 pm

    I love that! What an adventure! Yes, I would have chosen a fancy hotel, but if you love the outdoors, camping would have been the perfect activity. Glad you got to reconnect with your hubby 🙂

  5. 09/05/2016 / 8:45 pm

    I love this! We always say that we should go camping, but we always chicken out – thanks for some great inspiration to revisit the idea.

  6. Rebecca H
    11/05/2016 / 6:55 pm

    Firstly, thank you for sharing your special times! It is really is important to take that time out for each other in our personal relationships, especially those relationships that involve raising children. The fact you and your partner love and appreciate the outdoors while enjoying each others company in the tranquility of nature is truly very awesome. Nature can be the best remedy to bring you back to base again! Really Inspiring! Thank you for such a great article when so many seem to be in troubled relationships and need to get back to that base again.

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