Well this weekend is a pretty special one to write about!
It started out on Saturday when we went out for a lovely walk to the nearby big park. You may notice that this features regularly in our weekends, along with the other Country park, and this is because our dearest Oscar naps in his pram and so we always have to take him for a walk. Sometimes we just pop out to get him to sleep and other times we use it as an excuse to get out and have some fun.
Initially, it was just me and the boys, having left the other half at the barbers on the way as he was in need of a haircut. The frustrating thing with barbers is that they don’t take appointments and so sometimes he has to wait for an hour before he is even seen! Thankfully, the time we went on Saturday was really quiet, no-one was waiting, he would be seen straight away, and so we knew that he would be able to come and join us at the park.
I don’t know if you have noticed but the weather has taken another sharp drop in temperature and it is blooming freezing! I had promised Zach that we would head into the cafe which we did just as soon as I knew Oscar was fully asleep. Whilst we were making sure he was, we popped in to see the animals and had a brief walk. And then into the cafe we went.
Now Zach loves to steal the marshmallows off of my hot chocolate and so I suggested that maybe he would like a babyccino with an added dose of mallows – which of course he did (what a winning idea!). So whilst we were waiting for Daddy, we each had a yummy treat and a little chat, just the two of us 🙂
Once we had finished, the other half had arrived and we went to the pond to see the ducks and then decided to head home as we were all pretty cold. I decided to go the long way home whilst they popped into Tesco to grab some bits for lunch, and then I ended up taking an extra walk over the Country park to make sure he had his full nap. It was even colder over there than it was at the other park!
Once lunch was eaten and Oscar was awake and fed, we popped to buy some new fish for our tank as we have lost quite a few recently and it was looking bare!
Sunday started out early for me as I gave the other half a lay in (I had one on Saturday!), but at 9.30 I sent Zach up to wake him up so that we could all get ready for the day. We nipped over to the shops to coincide with Oscar’s nap and then I did the same as I did the day before, extending the walk over to the Country park so that he slept for a long time.
Once we were home, I had my lunch, he woke up and then we spent the afternoon keeping them both as happy as we could!
Zach’s school have started up this really cool thing where each Thursday he brings home a new activity kit. Sometimes he picks puppets along with their stories to act out, but he has been dying to bring the sand tray home since it started a few weeks before Christmas – and so that is what we have at home this week.
I figured there was no better time to have a mess about with it, so he and I sat at the dining table measuring, pouring and just having some fun. Meanwhile, the other half was sat on the floor entertaining Oscar with the Thomas trains!
It was then pretty much time for dinner and a bath for the boys before the usual bedtime routine. Sounds easy hey? Sometimes it is – except on this night, Oscar took almost two hours to fall asleep. He seems to be going through some sort of regression (I suspect the 18 month one has hit us early) and nightmare bedtimes are sadly a regular occurrence at the moment.
And what I didn’t know was that downstairs, the other half was planning something very special for me!
There is a little bit of history to this story, so let me fill you in.
A few days after Christmas, we went ring shopping together after making the decision to get engaged. Only, in order to not take the romance completely out of it, he had told me that he wanted to do a proper proposal and so I would have to wait. And so I had been waiting – every day wondering if this was going to be the day. And Sunday was! And weirdly, it was the day that I was least expecting it so it took me completely by surprise!
After the nightmare of getting Oscar to sleep, I stepped outside our bedroom and smelt candles. And even then, I still didn’t twig at what was going on – I just thought he knew that I’d be stressed from the epic bedtime crap!
Downstairs I went and then he came out of the front room, leaving the door closed behind him. Then he took me by the hand, led me into a dark room, and guided me to this…
OMG! I mean, it was absolutely perfect! And I honestly wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.
I got all emotional, gave him a massive cuddle and then he said that whilst he had thought about taking me out and doing it somewhere else (like over the Country park which we both adore), when it came down to it, he thought the most perfect place was inside our house. The house that is ours and our boys and where the memory will always live for as long as we are there (and beyond of course). And then he picked up the ring box (which was ginormous because it opens like a tower!), got down on one knee and asked me to marry him!
Of course I said yes, and he popped the beautiful ring on my finger and we had a little smooch! And then he popped open the bubbly that he had sneakily bought on Saturday when I left him to go on the extra walk (turned out he was chuffed about that as it allowed him to sneak it in the house!), and we drank the whole bottle in the space of about an hour, whilst sitting on the sofa, looking at the ring, talking about our prospective wedding, and each just beaming with happiness.
I know that I new it was coming. I know that ultimately I picked the ring (although I had a lot of help from him and in the end we definitely chose it together), but the way he did it, making me wait and making the moment so special – well, it was absolutely ruddy perfect.
And so we ended the weekend like that. As an engaged to be married couple 🙂