Sunday, June 28, 2009

Hayley's Hen Weekend


Hayley spent this weekend with about 20 female friends in Manchester. Her Hen weekend started at lunchtime on Saturday and ran through to early afternoon the following day. Meanwhile your truly had sole charge of our offspring. I was a little nervous about it, not because I lacked confidence in my abilities to care for and entertain our children, but because Lucy is very clingy with Hayley and I feared her prolonged distress at her absence.

In the event, although she did ask for Hayley a lot - and a couple of times when tired or perhaps hungry got very upset, asking for Mummy repeatedly - she seemed happy to put up with having only me, especially as I tended to her every need and wish to try to make up for Mummy's absence.

As soon as Hayley had gone, I fed them both and introduced them to the joys of fresh, whole peaches. A success.



Then we ventured to the park where we met a husband of a fellow hen-night absentee (on Hayley's do) and our kids played happily, racing up and down the tennis court until exhausted.

Both kids went to bed without protest and slept pretty well, so in the morning I took them up to see my sister, who has a boy a few months younger than Lucy. We had a good time up there and as Hayley texted me to say she was very tired after getting to bed at 5am, I didn't return home til 5pm when we all went off to Pizza Hut. The kids were delighted to have Mummy back, especially Lucy who had a smile a mile wide when she saw her.

And as for what the girls got up to in Manchester? Well, I couldn't get much out of Hayley. She did say that she was quite emotional when she got to the restaurant and saw the place=mats that Sara and I had created with lots of pictures of her (the most embarrassing we could find!). And the Bird Cage was apparently wall to wall hen parties. Anyway she seems to have had a good time.