I fell asleep in a barn at our friends amazing wedding.

Being a mum is tiring, even when you don’t have the kids with you!

Some lovely friends of ours got married on Friday at a wonderful venue called The Ashes (Staffordshire). It’s consists of exclusive beautifully converted barns surrounded by acres of fields and a lake – very scenic.

 They’re a great couple and very quirky and unique, which made for an amazing wedding, that we feel very honoured to have been part of. We left Pip and Bee at home in the capable hands of Nanny and Grandpa on Friday morning and headed off for our first child free day/night since having Bee! Wahooo! 

It was a perfectly personalised service that had everyone in tears for the best possible reason. CanapĂ©s and countless refills of Pimms came next… It’s the first time in a long time that I’ve been totally uninhibited in the quantity I could drink (I’m not pregnant or breastfeeding or on antibiotics and wasn’t driving or looking after kids or having to get up in the morning!) . I couldn’t think of any reason to say no to the top ups. So I said yes. Repeatedly. So I was very happy! Next came the most entertaining wedding speeches I’ve ever experienced! They involved a bowl of fruit salad, the groom referring to the advancement of their relationship as “touching and stuff” and the groom’s two older brothers/joint best men speech which was epic throughout! Then came food and wine and I felt suitable sozzled. 

And then I made a mistake.

I decided to be sensible and stop drinking alcohol and have some water. By 10pm I’d sobered up and was absolutely knackered. Despite not having three lives running in my head or the constant vigilance of having two small monkeys clambering round, I was beat. So hubby took me for fresh air and we ended up sitting in the mezzanine of the separate barn where the ceremony was. I jokingly lay down on a row of seats and shut my eyes. I woke up and hour and a half later after hearing the door shut loudly as the venue started locking it up, husband nowhere to be seen! Luckily the lady was still clearing up in the barn and let me out… So embarrassing! But I made it back for the last dance, phew!

I’m sure one day when the kids are older I’ll be able to make it through a day without a nap… Maybe.


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