Sunday, 28 January 2018

Aled's 30th Birthday


So Mr Roberts turned 30 on Monday. We've been together since we were 19 and I can remember it like it was yesterday winding him up that he was in his twenties when he turned 20. See, I have to get as many jokes in as I can because I'm only 4 months behind haha. So here we are a whole ten years later and I'm pretty sure that he'd rather me be winding him up about being in his twenties rather than his thirties! To celebrate his birthday, I had wanted to book a surprise trip away to Barcelona but I think I'd have been overwhelmed with anxiety and my Mum and Dad would have been ready for a fortnight abroad after having the kids for 3 days. So instead, I booked the Doubletree by Hilton in Chester for a night away.

The room was ridiculously cheap, just £60 through hotels.com and I already can't wait to go back there, it was absolutely beautiful. It's just outside of the city centre, by Hoole roundabout and it's such a great mixture of traditional and new buildings, including a gorgeous spa and Marco Pierre Steakhouse. We didn't book to eat at the steakhouse but I'd love to try it next time we go (you can get great offers that include a spa treatment and 3 course dinner which sound perfect).

So we got to the hotel last Sunday at lunchtime and got a taxi straight away into town to do some shopping and get some food, naturally! I've been dying to try a yorkshire pudding wrap from The York Roast Co for months and it didn't disappoint. The fact that it was chucking it down worked to our favour as there's normally a queue out of the door but we could order straight away. I had a beef and horseradish and Aled had a turkey one. I want to try all the fillings to be honest haha.

If you're a parent of young kids, you probably know that child free shopping days are like gold dust, so it's nice to come away from them with actual purchases. Unfortunately for us, we normally end up finding nothing we fancy and it all ends up seeming like a huge waste of time but thankfully last weekend was far from it! I came away with a new coatigan (I think that's what they're called, totally not a fashionista but trying to find my way back to having some sort of style), some much needed new lingerie, a few tops from H&M, new Nike trainers and some goodies from Lush. Aled got some goodies too (including a note pad from Paperchase which is either saying 1. he is old as shit now or 2. my stationery addiction is starting to rub off on him. Either way, I won't feel so bad about wandering around in their shops for far too long lusting at cards and pens I don't really need anymore as he'll be doing the same!). And the biggest win of child free shopping has to be afternoon beers... although maybe I shouldn't be allowed to go shopping after said beers!

We then headed back to the hotel to chill out for a bit before getting ready to go out that night. As I mentioned, we didn't book to go to the steakhouse as we wanted to go somewhere in town. So I booked a table at Bar Lounge, where I've eaten before and loved it. The food was lovely but they've changed the seating since I last went and we were sat on a really odd high up booth which left our legs dangling in mid air and it just wasn't very relaxing or comfortable. So we didn't stay there long and carried our night on in Havanas and the Slug and Lettuce drinking quite a few too many cocktails, mainly gin based (our new favourite since Christmas).

In the morning we used the spa which was an additional £15 (per room, not per guest) which was heaven. I can't remember the last time we went to a spa but I think it was in Centre Parcs about 2.5 years ago. The water was so hot and relaxing and I could have sat in the steam room for hours. However, we both did start getting a little bit fidgety after an hour in the spa, we're just not used to having that sort of time to just relax... when I had a bath at home last week, Oliver interrupted it to have a poo on the toilet right next to me halfway through #lifewithkids

We stopped off at Broughton on the way home for some more shopping (they have a Nike shop which makes Aled a very happy man) and get some lunch. I got some really cute clothes from Next for Elsie too (I was banned from shopping for the kids on the Sunday) in 2-3 as she'll be sizing up before I know it and I like to have a few bits stored away. Then we headed home for presents and cake to finish the day off. I got Aled a bottle of Jack Daniels, a remote control helicopter and an iPad for his birthday (*may* be regretting that last gift a tad as I speak to the back of it a hell of a lot since) and made him a chocolate drip cake which I was so pleased with.

So happy birthday old man, I love you and all your grey hairs very much 💗



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