{THE ORDINARY MOMENTS 17} #1 ‘Not an Ordinary Start to the Year and a New Beginning’

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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.

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Normal ordinary service will resume here next week…


20 Comments

  • I’ve loved seeing your skiing updates on IG, and I’m so glad you got lots of snow in the end. It’s a hard one with “routines” isn’t it. I sit on my girls floor until the fall asleep and I could kick myself sometimes as I’ve created that myself but at the same time it was what I needed to do to get them to sleep at the time. Motherhood is all about getting by and hindsight may make you feel like you’ve made a rod for your own back, at that initial moment you made the decision in good faith. Ps – how is he 8.5 months?!?

  • Donna says:

    That photo is incredible Katie! You family have so many incredible adventures and this is a great way to start what will be another amazing year for you as a family. I am so excited to be hosting with you this year! x

  • Lack of sleep makes everything so much more difficult doesn’t it? I think you do what you have to do at the time and things can be fixed and turned around at a time when it’s possible to do. We had many periods when Cheeky Chap would only sleep with us and even now, when he is ill he needs me to lie with him or he comes into our bed for the night. I hope you all find something that works soon. xx

  • Kerry Nei says:

    Been loving following your skiing trip on IG. It looks like such a beautiful place, so I cant wait to read all about that. That’s so lovely of your mum to help whilst away, that’s what mums are for. Hope you manage to get back into a routine soon xx

  • Lara Jarvis says:

    I cannot wait to see more of your Les Gets photos, it looked incredible from your Insta photos. I’m determined to “get” linkies this year and I just love what you said about the Ordinary Moments being your favourite of the year – you’re so right. The little things that come together to make the special memories.
    We are having a nightmare with Henry – who is 4 this year!! We’ve got into a terrible habit of him having to have us with us until he falls asleep and then by midnight he’s in with us and stays there all night!! :( Hope you get some good sleep soon lovely xx

  • What a great way to start 2017! It’s a beautiful photo, like you are on top of the world. I’m so pleased you are continuing with the ordinary moments, it’s my favourite post to write each week. In fact it was the very first post I ever wrote on my blog :-) I know I will love reading all the little moments back when the girls are older. Xx

  • I took quite a big backstep with my blog (and it’s kind of stayed that way ever since!) when Rory was a baby as he left me with no nap time or evening time, so I can totally understand where you are coming from. It is a massive effort to keep it all trucking along, and even harder when you never know when you will next get a bit of spare time. I don’t think you can ever give up on the ordinary moments though, for me it feels like the backbone of your blog!

  • What an amazing start to the new year. I would love to do something like this. I would be like Bambi on ice though and probably break something but it’s something I’d love to do. Can’t wait to read all about it. Your Mum is one in a million, what a lovely thing to do for you all xx

  • Oh wow Katie, what a way to start the new year. That photo is just stunning, it looks like quite the place!
    I love following your adventures, both at home and on your travels so I’m looking forward to another year of the ordinary moments, and I’m trying to join in every week this year too as like you I haven’t made much time for blogging just for the love of it recently. Lovely to welcome Donna as co-host too xx

  • Oh my, that view is incredible. What a way to start 2017! I am completely there with you with the lack of sleep, my seven month old is definitely an all night party type of child. I hope you manage to get some sleep soon. I’m determined to join in with this linky this year as I love all of those little extraordinary everyday moments. Thank you for hosting

  • Sherry says:

    Everyone keeps trying to convince me to go skiing but it’s photos which seem to do the persuading, these are gorgeous! I really am thrilled you are running The Ordinary Moments again as I love everything it stands for. Happy new year to you all x

  • Joanna says:

    What a gorgeous photo and a fab way to start the new year am looking forward to joining in with this linky.

  • That picture is amazing! I love your ordinary moments posts and I loved joining in last year and when I tailed off I didn’t enjoy my blog half as much as when I had been recording more of our family life. I’ve made it one of my goals to join in as much as I can this year. I know you fel like you’ve created bad sleeping habits with Wren and right now you are desperate for some more sleep but honestly, in a few years time, you’ll never look back and wish you cuddled him less! Good luck with your 2017 goals, I’m sure you’ll reach them all xx

  • A great way to start New Year, skiing is just the very best. We’ve been taking our kids for a few years now, and they are both quite accomplished skiers, it’s great to find a sport we can all do together, plus the scenery is to die for! #ordinarymoments

  • Notmyyearoff says:

    Skiing looks so much fun. I’ve never done it so I think I’d have a frozen bum from falling so much onto it but it does look really beautiful! Hope you had the best time ever :)

  • An amazing start to the year Katie. As you know the Ordinary Moments is my favourite thing to write and if you stopped I might just have to carry on anyway! I too struggled the latter part of the year for different reasons but I am looking forward to getting back on it for the new year. I hope you get some more sleep soon and that you strike the balance between treasuring every moment and all being happy – and well rested! xx

  • Mary Smith says:

    Welcome home. And new carpets – lovely! It looks like an amazing start to the year and I hope you find the balance you are seeking, with continued successes too! I am glad you are keeping your “roots” still… your personal posts are helpful and lovely to read. Happy New year! x

  • Gemma says:

    Gorgeous photos – I’ve always wanted to try a winter sports holiday – but I can imagine if I have the same sporting skills at skiing as I do at general sports it could be dangerous! What a wonderful way to start 2017! x #ordinarymoments

  • Naomi says:

    I’m so pleased you’ve decided to carry one with the Ordinary Moments. They are the reason I keep coming back to your blog and you write so, so beautifully. I’m really hoping to join in much more this year – I love these posts too, and sometimes can’t work out how or why I share things like this, but they are the ones people remember.
    It looks like you had a fantastic time. What an amazing opportunity! Your little boy will get into a routine, especially once he gets into his own cot and gets used to it. Please don’t beat yourself up, you’re doing a wonderful job xx

  • I’m so pleased you’re carrying on. It’s a wonderful Linky that I am very grateful for-it makes me have a deadline for writing everything in my brain down(even though this week I only got in with a few hours to spare). An extraordinary start to what will hopefully be an extraordinary year (with all the ordinary in there too for fun!) I’ve really enjoyed following your IG photos while you were away! Have a wonderful week x

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