So the first week of 2017 has passed us by and it’s time for a new fresh year and another year of the ordinary moments. A few weeks ago, when I was particularly struggling with my workload and the fact I had no free time due to a lack of routine from our baby boy, and I debated about whether I should carry on with the Ordinary Moments this year. It’s quite time consuming writing a post every single week and I really do feel like this year I need to work on my blog/work/online life balance. But then I sat down to write my 2016 round up post and I realised that nearly all of my absolute favourite posts I have ever written have been ones I have written for the ordinary moments. And I realised that how important it was to record the everyday things, the ordinary moments, and the little snippets of our lives that we might not remember in years to come.
I love to write about our travel adventures, or work on exciting collaborations with brands, or do videos about our lives. But at the end of the day the whole reason why I started this blog was to record our growing family. Our family life- the good, the so so, the amazing times, and the mundane ones too. Those little routines that make us the way we are or the way I felt about motherhood. I know that when my children are all grown up that I will love to look back on those little snippets of life that I might well have forgotten, or the emotions that I was feeling. I’ve recorded so many of the most simple moments of myself and my family over the years and I can’t wait to read them all back one day.
Our baby boy is eight and a half months, and his routine is worse than ever. In fact, there’s lots I want to write about it, I feel a post bubbling away at the surface, but I am so very tired, and the lack of routine is getting to us all. They say you can’t teach bad habits, but we, well I, genuinely have, and while I don’t regret the night time cuddles, last week his lack of sleep and another bout of being ill in the night which resulted in him sleeping on my chest all week with me propped up upright with some pillows, meant that it all became a bit too much. I didn’t even do that when the girls were newborns, and I lay there in the night one night and cried because I know that I have created all this myself. Admittedly part of it is down to the fact we can’t fit a cot in our room and so he just sleeps in our bed with us, but deep down I have relished the cuddles and now we have got into a pattern with it that is hard to break.
The lack of routine has made blogging just for the love of it quite hard towards the latter end of 2016, as any free time I have had has meant that I need to concentrate on work based stuff, however I am determined that 2017 is going to be different. I want to get back to writing and taking photos at home for the fun of it and not just because we are travelling, plus making videos too. I would love to be able to grow my blog and my you tube channel in 2017, and I want to make sure that I keep up with the ordinary moments posts as they genuinely are my favourite to write. However for 2017 there are going to be some changes.
Ever since pretty much day 1 of doing this, my lovely friend Donna has been writing them too over on her blog. She has always been so loyal to the ordinary moments and if we ever go away or one of the children is poorly, Donna has hosted it over on her blog for me. Towards the end of last year I was having a chat with her and we decided that she would become joint host with me this year. It makes so much sense as she has been a part of it since the start, and also it means that if one of us is busy or away, that there is someone else that you can automatically go to to link up each week. I’m so excited and pleased she will be co-hosting it with me and I am really excited to be doing it again for another a year.
However the start of the year has been anything but ordinary for us. We got home late yesterday afternoon from an amazing eight nights away in the French Alps skiing with Ski Famille. I have so much I want to write about the trip, so many incredible adventures and memories to document, photos to edit and a video to make, but the next few days are going to be spent sorting out the house and trying to get on top of work that already has accumulated while we have been away. I am determined to start the year off in as organised a manner as I can and keep on top of work/life/the house a little bit more. We arrived home to new carpets upstairs, which my mum helped us coordinate while we were away. It was so kind of her as it must have taken her ages as she had to get out all our clothes and things from cupboards and drawers, but she wanted to help us out so we didn’t come home to mayhem. They feel all new and clean, and fresh and it sounds silly but it has made me really want to keep on top of the house a little more and try and be more clutter free. I have so many mini goals for 2017 but having been away already means that I am already behind!
So I will leave you with a photo of us taken on top of Mont Chery, we took a trip up in the cable cars and spent ages up there playing in the snow, and then I asked a random stranger to take a photo of us all- I really love it even though our baby boy is asleep and facing inwards. I really hope we will have some more people joining in with the Ordinary Moments in 2017- you can link up whatever you would like, whether it is a post you’ve written specially, or a post you have written that week, it’s just all about family life and sharing those little memories that you don’t want to forget. We will put the posts up on a Sunday and the linky will stay open for a week. You can link up with me either myself or Donna, so if one week you can’t find it here, you will be able to find it there, or vice versa.
Normal ordinary service will resume here next week…