By now we’ve all seen THAT quote that sent us into deep thought, or perhaps you looked at it differently and saw something that was untrue? However we look at it, a parent gets a period of time to spend with their children at different stages in their lives.
For me, I looked at this and felt panic, reality of how little time I have with Cailyn while she’s a little girl. She’ll soon grow up, flee the nest and have her own life. One thing's for sure, me and Chris will always look at her as our baby girl. We don’t just have 18 summers, we have a life time of summers, winters, autumns and springs. We have birthdays, Christmas and all the fun in between. There’s every day, night and morning to enjoy each other, make memories, and you know what? We'll make sure that our little family is close & cared for no matter how old we are.
We’ve made many memories, explored and created the best childhood we can for Cailyn to run free, be wild and have that muddy life kids should have. There’s nothing better (in our opinion) than letting your child play, be outdoors & make a mess. I was brought up mostly on my grandad's farm as a child so for me messy play & animals were always a massive part of my life. And I want that for Cailyn too, as well as to travel - another massive part of my life, I moved out when I was 16 & went traveling when I was 21 - I didn’t return until 27 years old. Cue Chris and then Cailyn who followed months after.
I feel that yes the quote is beautiful and scary but it also makes us look at what’s important and that’s family, Family, above 'things,' and making moments together mean so much, no matter how big or small. For us there’s no shop that can sell me what time can give us with Cailyn.
Schools out!! ...... what are your plans this summer?
We love travel so much so I booked 3 holidays this year 2 weeks apart .... oops!! We do love our U.K. holidays and living in Scotland does provide the most beautiful and, quite frankly, best views around.
The next trip is a log cabin booked for November - in this family most birthdays are in November so it’s a combined break for myself, mum and Chris. So keep an eye out for this treat (@cailynsmummy) as it’s gorgeous! The first time my mum went there I had bought the trip for her 50th birthday while I was living in Jersey and it looked amazing. One of those proper wooden style lodges (unlike a few I’ve seen that haven’t kept the wood inside to show off). Same month birthdays though - anyone else? Why is there always that month of birthdays so close together that they could practically share the wrapping paper?
We went to Italy in April, just myself & Chris for 3 nights in Sorrento, which was unbelievable and just the most beautiful city! We love Italy. It really is the place to be for everything fashion, food & colour. Two weeks after that we went on our first family trip to Lanzarote. Chris’s family, mine and friends joined us there. 7 days of heat, stress, great times and amazing tapas times! Would I do it again? Yes, but I’d want more time to do things alone with Chris and Cailyn and not have to feel like I had to please everyone. The pressure of not getting enough time spent with people for Cailyn’s sake got to me a little and I felt I didn’t see my best fiend enough, Cailyn wouldn’t settle with anyone properly other than us so this precious time was taken away as we would of loved some down time. Plus there’s that pressure of not drinking like we used to, you know before kids. Life changes and Cailyn is our priority, but nowadays I’d much rather cuddle her in bed than go out boozing with friends. However, some down time to spend with our friends, Joanne and James would be fantastic and very needed! We’re both engaged now and still haven’t celebrated. They live in Jersey & it costs £500 return from Scotland - yeah! Sort it out. I’d like to see my friends more EasyJet!
Have you ever done a family holiday? Did it work? Talk to me!!! I love my own space and that’s what I need on holiday, so I hope that next time I’ll feel more relaxed & ready to just say no and not feel guilty. Ahhh that word guilt! Mum guilt is the worst, right?
Cailyn’s Mummy X