The Ordinary Moments ’16 #2 | Nine Birthdays Together

On Tuesday it was my husbands 22nd birthday. It’s the 9th birthday of his we have spent together. I have written him 9 birthdays cards. Bought him 9 years worth of birthday gifts and watched him blow out his birthday candles 9 times over. Almost a decade of birthdays, a wedding, a dog, a daughter, two house moves, four cars, eight holidays later and I still love him fiercely. Soppy, but true.

Having a January birthday inevitably means that we never really do anything too fancy as the madness of Christmas has normally only just come to an end. This year we decided to both take the day off work and spend the day together just the two us and have a ‘date day out’ for the first time probably since we became parents. We’ve had plenty of ‘date nights’ but we thought it would be a nice change to do something in the daytime instead.

After breakfast in bed and present opening we dropped Bella off to my Mum and off we went. We had originally planned to go and see a film at the cinema which is something we haven’t done together in years! Josh does occasionally go with his brother to watch the typical guy films (snore) but I can’t even remember the last time I went. Unfortunately Bella dropped my iPhone in the morning and it needed some urgent attention from the guys at Apple. So we decided we’d go to Bluewater instead for some lunch, some sales shopping and a very expensive trip to the Apple store.

Despite our day not going as planned it was still so lovely to spend some quality alone time together and just be a couple rather than being parents. It meant we were able to enjoy an adult conversation over a lovely lunch in Bills without being interrupted by a hangry toddler and then a leisurely wander around all the shops. Of course, we both absolutely adore our family days out with Bella too, and we both missed her and said how strange it felt to be child free, but I do think it’s important to take time out occasionally just as a couple. Sometimes our life can get be crazy busy that we don’t get out for a date night/ day as often as we’d like to, but when we do, we appreciate that alone time so much more. We didn’t do anything particularly special today but it was special all the same because it’s not something we get to do very often anymore.

Happy Birthday Mr Lee! I’m so grateful to have you by my side. Here’s to the next 9 birthdays together and many many more after that. xoxoxo



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  • moderatemum

    Happy birthday Mr Lee! I’m really embarrased by how long it’s taking me to do the maths to work out how old you were when you met.

    January 14, 2016 at 5:58 pm Reply
    • Harriet Lee

      Thank you! We were just 13 when we met 🙂

      January 15, 2016 at 4:34 pm Reply
  • mummydaddyme

    Aw what a gorgeous photo of the pair of you and happy belated birthday to your husband. We don’t get many date nights or days on our own, but actually if i had to pick I would probably prefer a date day- they feel more special weirdly! It sounds like you had a lovely day, bar the broken iPhone situation! x

    January 14, 2016 at 7:12 pm Reply
    • Harriet Lee

      Thank you Katie! It was from our holiday to Ibiza last year. It was actually really lovely having a date day and we’re going to try and do it again soon! If you get a chance you and Mr E should definitely try and have one, especially before number three arrives! We did indeed have a lovely day thanks! xo

      January 15, 2016 at 4:34 pm Reply
  • Cher|cherthatdish

    Awww this is such a sweet post! You two are a lovely couple, 9 birthdays that’s impressive! Sometimes it’s really the ordinary moments that counts! I just celebrated my bfs birthday yesterday, only the 4th time so I have you guys to look up to! Happy Birthday Mr Lee!

    January 15, 2016 at 10:25 am Reply
    • Harriet Lee

      Thank you for your lovely comment Cher! I still can’t quite believe its been 9 years, time flies when you are having fun! xo

      January 15, 2016 at 4:31 pm Reply
  • Christina

    What a wonderful story of two people that still find time to spend “couple” time after children. My hubby and I have not a proper date for 4 years. So sad to admit! Inspired to try this year. Sorry about your phone but I am glad you a good day together. Happy belated Bday Mr Lee! #TheOrdinaryMoments

    January 16, 2016 at 11:34 pm Reply
    • Harriet Lee

      Thanks so much for your sweet comment Christina. Definitely try this year to get out just you and your hubby if you can. You’ll have the best time just the two of you I’m sure. xo #TheOrdinaryMoments

      January 18, 2016 at 9:20 am Reply
    • Harriet Lee

      Thanks for your very lovely comment Christina. If you can definitely try and squeeze a date in just you and your husband, you’ll both have a fab time, everyone deserves a break now and then!! xo #TheOrdinaryMoments

      January 18, 2016 at 9:29 am Reply

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