Monday, 16 February 2015

7/52: Saying goodbye

Hello,

This weekend I had to do something I really dread. My children's father and I have a court agreement over custody of the boys which states that he will get them for every school holiday. We live on opposite sides of the country, Plymouth and Lincolnshire, so its impossible for him to have them at weekends due to distance and costs. I should be use to sending them off by now but it's still very difficult for me. They are my best buddies and it pains me to sit in a quiet house with no laughter and cuddles. 

On the Saturday morning they were due to leave, we woke up early to have breakfast together and have one last chat. I had a big surprise for the boys which I was trying so hard to keep to myself until we got to the train station. Thomas and Alfie are massive fans of trains but the last time we made the journey to meet their dad, we were forced to sit on the floor in an over crowded train carriage with ridiculously high air conditioning. It wasn't pleasant. So today to avoid this happening again, I had planned ahead and found a really good deal on a first class table. When the boys found out we were sitting in the posh seats, they were very excited. 

 Here are some of the photos I took of the boys during our journey on saturday morning:


sleeping child

We had a lovely time sitting in first class especially as there was no other passengers in our carriage so we could chat and laugh without worrying about upsetting the other travellers. Alfie spent the entire time on his Ps Vita building his mine craft castle while Tom and I had a little picnic with quavers while castle spotting out the window. There are a few along the West country mainline but unfortunately the train was moving too fast to take any photos. It would be amazing if I could tell the train manager to stop the train so I can snap away but that would just be silly. When we arrived at the station, their dad was waiting and the boys were gone. They were so excited, it's been two months since they saw him last. They gave me a quick hug and a kiss and jumped into their dads car. I put on a brave face for them but inside the anxiety was taking over. Their dads car isn't the safest car in the world and with the amount of accidents on the motorways these days I worry so much about them. They arrived at his house safe and sound so all is well thank goodness. 


Gem x

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11 comments

  1. What a lovely gift! Always nice to travel comfortably! I can only imagine how empty it feels when your children are not home. Sending your hugs. #livingarrows

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    1. It was a rare treat. We paid the same as a standard ticket so it was a bargain. I hate how quiet the house is but they need time with their dad. Thanks Merlinda. x

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  2. Thinking of you. I can't imagine but have great respect and admiration for you. I'm sure it is very hard no matter how many times you do it. Lovely photos. It would be a treat for me and my kids just to ride a train I think but then to imagine spotting castles as we zoomed by would take us to dreamland! Nothing like that in my neck of the woods.☺ xxJen

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    1. Thank you Jennifer. It is hard, no mum should be away from her children but they need time with their dad. x

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  3. Oh what an amazing surprise that must have been for them, I bet the look on their faces were priceless!xx

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  4. You are such a super star, I bet they adored it! Trains are a treat anyway but they'll totally remember that trip. It's definitely worth booking ahead, well done you. You also put on a brave face for your boys when some mums wouldn't have and you did that so they wouldn't worry about you. That isn't easy but makes you even more of a super star. I usually have a couple of weeks without Seb each summer when he goes away with his dad. I'm usually working so the days are fine but the evenings are so strange in an empty house. Get busy and force yourself to see some friends. The week will pass quickly. Thinking of you. xx

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  5. Your photos are beautiful. I love going on a train. My biggest sis has a different dad to me, it can be tricky too #LivingArrows x

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  6. Beautiful photos! Lovely boys. You poor thing, I'd hate to be away from my little man too. Hopefully you got to spend some time pampering yourself.

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  7. I've never travelled first class! I hope you did something fun, just for you with your time apart from the boys

    Thanks for joining in with Point + Shoot xx

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  8. I can't imagine how difficult that must be. I hope you have support at home when you need it. Thanks for linking up to #PointShoot x

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  9. That must be so difficult, but by giving them such a treat and being so calm for them you are being an amazing mum. Love your photos, what gorgeous memories you have made x #iotw

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