Days Out With Daddy {The Ordinary Moments}

I have spoken a few times now about how we have a working/childcare arrangement that works for us as a family although it doesn’t give us a huge amount of time together. I often work on Dave’s days off and on days where Dave and I are both working his lovely parents look after the children.

There are days when I’ll take the kids out whilst Dave is at work and there are days when Dave takes the kids out whilst I’m at work. Friday was one of those days. I was at work and LP was off school for the last proper day of the Easter holidays so Dave took the children to the Historic Dockyard at Portsmouth for the day, somewhere we have annual passes for and where the children love going.

Days Out With Daddy {The Ordinary Moments}

The children love looking at the ships, pretending they’re pirates and just having so much space to run around and explore. Dave loves the history but more than that he just loves time with the children. I’m sure it often feels like he’s always at work and both him and the children really appreciate time together.

Days Out With Daddy {The Ordinary Moments}

It’s bittersweet for me, being sent pictures of the children having a harbour tour and seeing their favourite ships. The children and Dave had such a lovely day and it was just sad that I couldn’t be there too, to look at the boats, hold LP’s hand and give Little Man a carry cuddle when he couldn’t walk anymore.

Days Out With Daddy {The Ordinary Moments}

But instead I was at work. The children always say they don’t want me to go to work in the morning but I know that it’s short lived – out of sight, out of mind and soon they were having a grand adventure with their Daddy. I love knowing that even when I’m at work the children are having the best of times and making memories with the best man in their life.

Days Out With Daddy {The Ordinary Moments}


  • Donna Wishart

    Donna Wishart is married to Dave and they have two children, Athena (12) and Troy (11). They live in Surrey with their two cats, Fred and George. Once a Bank Manager, Donna has been writing about everything from family finance to days out, travel and her favourite recipes since 2012. Donna is happiest either exploring somewhere new, with her camera in her hand and family by her side or snuggled up with a cat on her lap, reading a book and enjoying a nice cup of tea. She firmly believes that tea and cake can fix most things.

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  1. I always feel so lucky when I hear or read people saying that their partners would never take the kids out alone – my husband relishes his chance to take them all out.
    I remember getting pics of Charlie having fun when I was at work and whilst a tad bittersweet wanting to be there, I also loved that he had so many fun opportunities and wasn’t just sat indoors all day

  2. I always used to feel the same when hubby used to take the children out without me. It’s one of those funny things though, I feel sad now that he can’t do it anymore. I have to say, your hubby takes fabulous photos too!

  3. It sounds like they had some quality time with their daddy and a great day out. I always feel a bit left out when my girls do something on their own with their dad even if I’ve requested it!

  4. We’ve never been there before although don’t live far from it, we really must go. We both work full time with Saturday’s and Sunday’s off so life to have big adventures. Happy Sunday x

  5. I love this Donna and I can totally relate – I work every Sunday so I also miss out on a lot of fun times with my husband and son. Alfie loves it though because Michael will always take him somewhere fun, like swimming, the park, soft play and they’ll always go to my in-laws house. Whilst I feel incredibly grateful that Michael is such a hands on Daddy and Alfie has a fantastic relationship with him, I do find it so hard that I miss out on so much. We only have a Saturday together which is usually pretty hectic, but I’m really trying hard to make it our family day to enjoy. xx

  6. Lovely post,my ordinary moments are also about a day out with Daddy. They are quite rare in our house as I do most of the childcare but when it does happen my girls love daddy time. Xxx

  7. Aww I bet they had an awesome time with their Daddy – so much fun! I think Little Man’s hair colour is changing a bit? He looks like a little blondie here x x

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