Last night the hubby and i got a night out sans kids. It wasn't anything fancy, we just went to the cinema to see the new Harry Potter film (well 3 week old Harry Potter Film). I enjoyed it but had the same complaint as i did with the others, it's not as good as the book. In fact there has only ever been 1 film that i have felt has been as good as the book and that was Anne Rice's Interview with the Vampire.
To be honest i wasn't really looking forward to it. It had been a very long hard day, i had a banging headache and by the time i washed all the glue, paint and glitter from our decoration and card making afternoon off my body and out of my hair. All i really felt like doing was climbing into a comfy pair of jamas and veging out on the sofa. But as we finaly had found a babysitter and had already bought the tickets i dragged myself out and enjoyed it once i was there and had injested several painkillers.
I have to say the loss of sponteneity is the thing i miss most since having the girls. In the pre-kid days we could just drop everything to go out for tea or to see a movie. When we first lived together we went to Pizza Hut and then on the the cinema about 3 times a week (not the healthiest of lifestyles). Now it takes so much time just to get out the front door, it's like packing for an expedition. Nappies, wipes, nappy sacks, spare vest and babygro for Pudding, clean knickers and spare pants for Munch, bibs, bibs and more bibs for Pudding reflux, suncream, calpol, dummies, drinks, snacks, bottle, bowls, spoon, food. Thats before i even start sorting myself out. It takes me half an hour from starting to get ready to actually everone being cliped into the car and being ready to go. Some days i do wonder if it's worth the hassle, and if i wouldn't be better staying at home. It's not even just getting to the car then the car journey with 'Mummy...mummy...mummy...'every 5 seconds then shouting Pudding who then cries, tell Munch off who then cries, everything settles down only for Munch to sout Pudding again at the top of her voice. Once you get there i have to get the buggy out the boot bundle them both into it, before repeating the whole process on the way home. Don't get me wrong i love my kids and love going out and having new experiences with them just sometime feels like a lot of hard work just getting to enjoy these things.