For the past 7 years I have been in a whirl of babies and toddlers, nappies and potty training but with Sebby growing up and now starting pre-school I now have a small window of time to myself.
When the kids are young I am the parent who cannot bear to leave them for even an evening out with the hubby, never mind a day or over night stay. Last month we had a weekend break without the kids for a friends child-free wedding and had a great time letting our hair down without worrying where they were on what they were doing.
This Saturday my plans involved packing the goody bags for BlogOn in Winchester but Hubby came home from work looking quite serious saying I had to change my plans.
As you can imagine I was not too impressed and assumed he had to work, but no – he had won tickets to the Chelsea v Arsenal match at Stamford Bridge. I could not stop grinning once I found out and a few phone calls later we had arranged childcare and made plans to travel up to London with a fellow fan and friend.
I have not been to a football match since 2011 when Kian was a player escort at Wembley and although that was an incredible experience watching our son walk on the pitch at Wembley, we had taken a baby Eliza and toddler Isaac and it was not a good atmosphere for young kids so I left at half time and hubby stayed with Kian to watch the rest of the match.
Between us, hubby and I have won or bought a few tickets to matches in the last 4 years but he has taken Kian and not me as I didn’t want to leave the baby, but now it was my turn to go to Stamford Bridge again.
Last year I wrote a post about falling out of love with the beautiful game, I didn’t seem to connect with it anymore. Being at home meant no office banter and my twitter feed is more Mummy Bloggers than Chelsea fans these days so I didn’t really see any tweets in my timeline during matches.
A trip to Stamford Bridge is all that I needed to find myself again and remember how much I enjoy not only spending time with my husband, but also my love of football.
We stopped for a quick drink in The Goose, which was packed full of Chelsea fans. I have to admit that my knowledge of the current team is not as good as it should be, but none of that mattered. We chatted tactics, rumours and all about our favourite matches we had been to, before heading into the ground for the match itself.
Our tickets were in the Upper West Stand (above where Abramovich sits) and we even had padded seats. The atmosphere was electric. Our stand was more corporate and did not sing as much as the Matthew Harding and Shed end although we did give joining in a good go, so much so that Hubby has lost his voice!!
It was a feisty match with no team performing particularly well, but we got the result we wanted and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. I took my small camera and barely took any photos which is most unlike me as we concentrated on enjoying the match, jumping up and cheering for each goal scored.
I love days out with the kids and wouldn’t change them for the world, but sometimes you need a day to do something you enjoy without worrying about where the kids are.
This is me and I am glad to be back, although we won’t be going to matches every week, we will certainly go more often and thank you to Yokohama Tyres for their great competition!!
P.S. The Blog On goody bags got done on Sunday instead, in case you were worried ;0)