A little look back at Mother’s Day


As I may have mentioned in my previous wedding anniversary post, my husband and I are rarely ones for grand gestures, or even smaller gestures come to that, for any special days in the calendar year, and with Mother’s Day being one of those very days.

What’s so sweet nowadays though, with the girls now at nursery and at school, there is always something wonderful, handmade, invariably messy and illegible that I’m presented with on a typical Mother’s Day morning.

And this Sunday was no different.

Two brightly coloured cards handed over with beautifully beaming faces, full of pride at their handiwork.

Two beautiful cards from my two beautiful little girls.



Luckily, when they brought them up to me as I dozed in bed they were accompanied by Mikey who had a lovely hot cup of tea to hand me too. He’d even put a sugar in it for me, because he knows this is always how I have it if I’ve been out with the girls the night before.

Which had happened on the Saturday night!

It wasn’t a late one – only midnight, but I definitely knew I’d had a drink or two, so my head was certainly feeling a bit on the fuzzy side.

Mikey was lovely though, and took care of the girls all morning to allow me a wonderful lie in, a couple of hours extra sleep, and the chance to lie back lazily and watch a spot of my favourite TV shows.

At lunchtime, after I’d showered and felt much more human again, we all piled into the car and wended our way into the surrounding Berkshire countryside for a lovely roast beef dinner at Mikey’s dad’s house with some close family friends.

It’s still a little surreal being in their house after losing my lovely Mother in law to the dreaded cancer last year, which now has such a larger than life character missing from it, made especially more noticable on Mother’s Day too, as this would have been a day of celebration for her also.

But we still had a wonderful time.

The girls were on their best behavior and played happily together with their daddy’s old Brio train track and Big Yellow Teapot, while we all chatted and caught up over a fabulous meal (of which I’m afraid to say I had seconds), followed by the most amazing gluten-free Danish apple pudding, made with apples fresh from our friends village garden.


After more chit-chatting over coffee, it was time to head home as Ella was looking a little sleepy and getting restless, though this was a tiny bit fraught when she had a dose of travel sickness on the way. But at least it’s easy to pull over quickly in the countryside!

Once we were home, the dreaded ‘post-Sunday roast’ sleepiness kicked well and truly into action.

Ella fell fast asleep on the sofa, and Mikey dozed lazily whilst catching up with a bit of sport on the TV!

I went upstairs for the obligatory catch up on my social media, armed with a magazine or two, and a cup of tea.

But, I’d hardly made a dent in my lovely new cup of tea when Holly started asking if we could go somewhere. I felt a bit sorry for her, as she was bored

So, as a very last minute thing, the two of us popped on our coats and boots, and went to the local park with her little bike.

The light was slowly fading but it was just enough time to spend a lovely hour or so just the two of us.

So, if you ask me, I don’t think I could really want for any better than all of that.

To me it was a pretty perfect Mother’s Day.

love steph

You’ll have to excuse the photos – the fading light and my iPhone didn’t work out so well! xx







  1. 28th March 2016 / 8:33 am

    Sounds like a wonderful day. I love those days where you do something unexpected, like go to the park, and it makes the day more perfect. It must have been hard coping without your mother-in-law there. But it sounds like you all managed very well. And I am sure that she would be hugely proud of her family. Hugs Lucy xxxx

  2. 17th March 2016 / 9:32 am

    Awww we have a travel sicky little lady too. Sounds like you had such a lovely well deserved (minus the hangover??) day 🙂

    • 21st March 2016 / 4:46 pm

      Yes – I’m certainly getting too old for hangovers! I just can’t cope for about two days after!! Xx

  3. 15th March 2016 / 4:29 pm

    Let’s face it the best Mother’s Day gift will always be a lie-in!!! Dom took the girls to give me a lie-in too and it was just what I needed. Sounds like you had a great day and the cards are beautiful. #sundaystars

  4. 15th March 2016 / 8:27 am

    Sounds like a lovely day and those handmade cards are gorgeous! x #sundaystars

  5. 13th March 2016 / 11:15 pm

    What a perfect Mothers Day, I really cant think of anything better. Mine was really similar and it is definitely the simple little moments and days like these that make them special 🙂 Emily #SundayStars

    • 14th March 2016 / 9:26 pm

      Oh I’m glad you had a similar Mothers Day and loved it, just as I did mine. You are spot on, the simplest and heartfelt things are most certainly the best. Thx so much for your lovely comment. Steph xxx

  6. 13th March 2016 / 6:26 pm

    Sounds like a pretty fabulous day, and your cards are lovely! Love the little impromptu trip to the park too! #sundaystars

    • 14th March 2016 / 9:33 pm

      Aww Hank you so much Megan. Yes, it was the simplest and easiest of days, but they are just wonderful to me, and often a bit of a rarity nowadays too. Hope yours was fabulous too. Steph xxx

  7. 13th March 2016 / 12:44 pm

    It sounds like you had a really lovely Mothers Day. A day it is perfectly okay to have seconds (pretty much every day is okay to have seconds too, in my book!) #SundayStars

    • 14th March 2016 / 9:35 pm

      Hahahaha – yes, I must admit, those seconds tasted amazing (as did the firsts too ?)! Hehe. Steph xxx

  8. 13th March 2016 / 11:53 am

    I love handmade cards, I got my first one this year that Heidi made in nursery #sundaystars

    • 14th March 2016 / 9:37 pm

      Oh Michaela that’s too cute. The first ones are always such special little things. You wait though, one day you’ll have boxes of cute ‘handmade’ items you can’t bear to part with! I can’t bin anything!! I think I need a bigger house!! ?? Steph xxx

  9. 13th March 2016 / 9:22 am

    I’m so sorry to hear about your mother-in-law Steph. It must have been a hard day for your husband but he still made it special for you, what a lovely guy. It sounds like the perfect day. I love your wood burner, we’d like one just like that in our new house.
    Tor xx
    PS I also used to have a sugar in my tea on ;hangover’ mornings…does the trick!

    • 14th March 2016 / 9:41 pm

      Oh thank you so much Tor. Yes, last year was rotten, but I’m just thinking this year will be extra wonderful to make up for it. We did all have a lovely day considering, I suppose time makes it easier, but we’ll never forget. Yes, that woodburner is gorgeous isn’t it! It’s actually my father in laws. He lives in a lovely house out in the countryside and it just suits it so perfectly. Thanks so much for your lovely comment. Steph xxx PS Phew! It’s not only me then!! ?? xx

  10. 13th March 2016 / 8:51 am

    That sounds absolutely gorgeous! I’m in awe. Lovely lovely pictures too

    • 13th March 2016 / 8:56 am

      Aww thank you lovely. Yes, a pretty relaxing affair, but fab none the less. Thanks so much . Steph xxxx

  11. 13th March 2016 / 8:37 am

    That does sound perfect! And I love the cardsx #sundaystars

    • 13th March 2016 / 8:54 am

      Hehe great aren’t they. Thanks so much and thanks so much for joining in with #SundayStars Steph xxx

  12. 13th March 2016 / 7:15 am

    What a lovely sounding mothers day! Thank you so much for the linky too, its my first time joining you and I’m enjoying having an early morning read although I’m lacking sleep due to little one being up in the night poorly so I’m trying to work through being cranky and typos invading everything I do:))) more tea should do it!
    I thought your pictures were lovely, the light didn’t affect them, they look great. Glad you had a good mothers day, I’m so glad we get that day to call our own, my kids are good but its the only day I get breakfast in bed and I love it! 🙂


    • 13th March 2016 / 8:17 am

      Aww well welcome to our little Sunday world. I’m pleased you’re already finding lots of lovely things to read. But I’m sorry to hear your little one is poorly. Never good. Especially when it comes to sleep!! Mine are perfectly well at the moment, but both came into our bed at three this morning, from which I couldn’t sleep so ended up in a bunk bed to try and get some peace and some shut-eye!! Haha. Yep, no more lie-ins for a year now!! ?? Thanks so much for joining our #SundayStars linky today, and hope to see you lots more often. Steph xxx

    • 23rd April 2017 / 8:03 pm

      That looks delicious! ANd your right it would make a lovely dessert! After a big Easter dinner I am sure it is refreshing! Have a great Pink Saturday and enjoy the weekend! SHerri : )

  13. 13th March 2016 / 7:10 am

    Oh isn’t it the best getting those homemade gifts, I just adore them. I am sorry about your mother-in-law! Your photos are so lovely!! #sundaystars

    • 13th March 2016 / 8:01 am

      Aww thank you so much for that lovely comment. Yes, they really are the best. Even if they are covered in hardly-stuck-down glitter! ? And yes, it was a bit strange not having my mother in law there, but it’s only the first year and time will of course, make things that little bit easier. Thanks so much for joining in with us at #SundayStars today. Steph xxx

  14. 13th March 2016 / 6:22 am

    it looks like you had a great time there is nothing more heartwarming then seeing gifts created by children thanks for hosting the #sundaystarts linky

    • 13th March 2016 / 6:37 am

      thank you Lindy. Yes, they really are the best aren’t they. Even if half of them do drop glitter all over the new carpet! And it’s my pleasure honey – thank you so much for coming along to join in. Hahaha. Xxxxx

  15. 12th March 2016 / 6:52 pm

    What a lovely shot of the blossom and your daughter looks beautiful too! Glad you had such a great Mother’s Day. #SundayStars

    • 12th March 2016 / 8:19 pm

      Aww thank you so much – hope you had a lovely day too. Xxx

  16. 12th March 2016 / 8:04 am

    What a really lovely Mothers Day Steph, I too had a fab collection of handmade gifts and cards.

    • 12th March 2016 / 3:53 pm

      The home made ones are the best don’t you think! Xxx

  17. 10th March 2016 / 9:43 am

    Aww! What a lovely day! It really was perfect x

    • 10th March 2016 / 10:05 am

      Thanks lovely. Yes, nothing too OTT but perfect none the less. Hope yours was lovely too. Xxx

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