Family {the ordinary moments}

Lunch for five


Half term is a funny time for me; being the only one in the house getting up and out the door, occasionally before the girls have even woken up, all in aid of being on the first possible train home to spend as much of the evening with them as I can.  Add in the increasingly dark mornings and it feels like I’m leaving in the middle of the night.  And I miss them.  When we’re all getting up and out in the morning it doesn’t feel quite so hard to leave.  Last week I was working, and then we were tidying but this week has been harder, even if (by virtue of a well planned Friday morning site visit) I’ve managed to be working from home a little more than usual.

So that was two lunches together but this half term we made it three.  On the basis that we have done it twice, it is therefore (according to Kitty) a half term tradition that John brings the children up to Birmingham to meet me for lunch one day.  We know this because she started asking “when” she was coming to my office, rather than “if”.  And if you’re going to have a half term tradition, I can’t think of one I’ll more happily embrace.

They came up to say hi to some of my colleagues, mostly I suspect because once I came in to have a chat with my boss about my return to work post-Pip and he lent them his highlighters to colour with, which they did with gusto – all over themselves – and I suspect they’re hoping for a repeat performance.  He was out, but my swivel chair was considered ample substitute.

Space for the Butterflies - half term lunch treat

Birmingham does pretty well for nice places to go for lunch, and you’ll have to trust me that transformation from Birmingham New Street to Grand Central means that the popular choice of “that place in the train station” actually is a lot nicer than it sounds.

Space for the Butterflies - half term lunch treat

Five Guys is sinfully delicious, a fatal blow to any healthy eating kick or bank balance, but if you’re going to do a half term treat you might as well do it properly.  We had burgers and chips and strawberry milkshakes that are the right colour of palest pink, and I remembered exactly why I keep planning to bring in a cool bag, order a meal for all of us, and bring it home on the train for a treat.  The only thing stopping me is that I’m certain I couldn’t make it home without tucking in first.

Space for the Butterflies - half term lunch treat

But for all the merits of the food, the fun was being together; stealing those treasured extra minutes out of my working day to spend with my very favourite people.

Space for the Butterflies - half term lunch treat

Pip, who is developing a train obsession to rival his love of hockey, arrived clutching a “test print” ticket (a present from the ticket office in Leamington) that he’d been clutching all the way from home and so excited to tell me that he’d been on a “train station”.  He asks me every morning what colour train I’m catching so I asked him the same, and the answer came back: “It pink!”.  Not unless Chiltern were trialling some new paint jobs it wasn’t – but perhaps he should put it in the suggestion box!

Space for the Butterflies - half term lunch treat

Kitty and Elma, both just as excited about going on the train, had apparently been playing I-spy almost all the way.  Kitty’s was mostly based on what was out the window, but Elma’s clues were all “M”; she claims to have been able to see me from at least Solihull, which is remarkably impressive.

Space for the Butterflies - half term lunch treat

It was an hour (and perhaps a smidge but who’s counting) that flew past, and all too soon it was time to head back and leave them to go on to do some vital shopping at Cass Art, and I absolutely loved it.

Roll on next half term.

Joining Katie at Mummy Daddy Me for The Ordinary Moments

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  • Terri 30/10/2016 at 8:13 am

    What a lovely half term tradition to have. Its not nice having to work the holidays but breaking it up with lunch with the family is an awesome one and one that i might pinch this week when i have to work Thursday and Friday as our half term only starts this week. Visiting via The ordinary moments and I am glad i am as your blog is lovely, off for a browse around.

    • Carie 30/10/2016 at 9:26 pm

      Oh go for it – it makes the day pass so much more quickly too when you’ve got something lovely to look forward to 🙂

  • Laura - dear bear and beany 30/10/2016 at 1:04 pm

    I love this tradition! What a welcome break for you in your day to see your babies and share this time together. It’s moments like this that they will remember and treasure forever. X #theordinarymoments

    • Carie 30/10/2016 at 9:26 pm

      I really hope so – Kitty’s old enough that if we keep doing it she should remember it when she’s all grown up!

  • Mary Smith 30/10/2016 at 7:16 pm

    These are some lovely photos and what a great idea to have them meet you for lunch, I bet it broke up the day and made it all the more special!
    I have never been to 5 guys yet! We have it here in Leeds but I always forget about it, but have heard its amazing. Glad you had a lovely time x #ordinarymoments

    • Carie 30/10/2016 at 9:25 pm

      Oh it is really nice – you should definitely go!

  • Tracy 31/10/2016 at 1:04 pm

    so very sweet! (We actually have a Five Guys here! I wonder if it would be as good as yours???

  • Emma Plus Three 02/11/2016 at 2:54 pm

    Ah lovely. I’ve never actually been to Five Guys, I’m pretty sure we have one that opened recently, I’ll have to check it out x