Happy Birthday Nanny Iris {Ordinary Moments Week 9 – 2/3/15}

My mother-in-law works away for weeks at a time and comes home for a few days before heading off again, so we try and jam as much as possible into a short space of time so that she gets to experience some quality time with J. You could say we effectively condense 3 weeks worth of visits into a weekend which can be pretty intense at times

This weekend was a little bit different though, she came home to celebrate her birthday. This time last year we were in Center Parcs though work and family commitments haven’t allowed for that this year

She had a rough few weeks this time around, so I purchased a bottle of wine, choccys and some yellow tulips (selected by J) and was in the process of putting them in her house when the front door opened. I was foiled!

She came in looking all quizzical because the front door was unlocked, then realised we were there. The look on her face was priceless and she really enjoyed seeing J for the first time in 3 weeks, especially as we had taught her to say “Happy Birthday Nanny Iris”


Beautiful yellow tulips (good choice J!)

The weather was not looking like it would be on our side for a day to Peppa Pig World, so we arranged a first for my mother-in-law to experience with us, we went to the cinema to see Peppa Pig before it leaves our screens. I was very apprehensive as J is incredibly reluctant to sit still for long periods of time, but she loved it and stayed still for pretty much the whole viewing

Nanny Iris seemed to enjoy it too (at points I did wonder who enjoyed it more!)

It wasn’t your most conventional birthday present, but it was a lovely memory, and sometimes memories are better than presents

This was followed by a homemade ploughman’s lunch Cooks Cabin style, minus the bread for me, it was even fresh tiger bread which is my favourite…I’m staying strong, I have managed 12 days bread free so far!

We then played in the garden before the rain came, it was actually so warm I felt the hint of spring arriving

A very happy birthday to my mother-in-law “Nanny Iris”


On the way into the cinema, 9am on a Sunday morning, we are slightly mad!
We all spent much of the time watching J in awe at how grown up she is becoming and how engrossed she was in Peppa Pig
Mummy, Daddy and J before the movie


I don’t know if I can actually call this a ploughman’s without the bread but it was nice to eat anyhow
Playing in Nanny Iris’ garden
The Hubster and J fooling around in the back garden


8 thoughts on “Happy Birthday Nanny Iris {Ordinary Moments Week 9 – 2/3/15}

  1. Iris Hill

    That was a really good read, describes the day well. It was such a fun day which I shall always remember along with many more. Jessica always makes the simple things in life so wonderful.


  2. Katie @mummydaddyme

    What a lovely surprise for her, I bet she loved it. And definitely sometimes the memories are better than presents. Our little girl was 2 recently and we only got her 2 little pressies to undo, instead we planned a day out for her. xx


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