I apologise in advance that this week’s Ordinary Moments is going to be a bit of a ‘cop out’. I normally like to try and write about something new and different over here each week, but in all honesty life is so hectic with us at the moment. I knew that it was going to be hectic moving house with three young children, but I think I underestimated just how hectic it was going to be. I think we almost did it the wrong way round, the actual packing up and moving part was really easy and straightforward as we had to get in a company to help us pack up due to getting back from Dubai a day and a half before we moved. But now we are here in our new home, I am finding it really hard to get back to normality.
We bought our house as a renovation project. There isn’t one thing in the house that is going to stay the way it currently is, everything from the floors, to the kitchen, to the bathrooms, to the windows and doors is going to be changed eventually. When I say eventually I am talking years down the line, this is our ‘forever’ home and a project that is going to take us a long time, but at the same time I am finding it hard to get settled. Most of our things are still in boxes, either cluttered up in the corners of each room, or piled up on top of each other in the garage. Our slow unpacking is for a couple of reasons. Firstly because there doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day to get stuff done, I will say right today I am going to unpack couple of boxes then our baby boy will sleep all morning so I can’t go upstairs as it will wake him, or I will have work to do, or we will have other plans. The other reason is that it sounds silly but everything just doesn’t really go. I really think you buy accessories for a house and for example our really modern yellow and grey living room accessories from our old house, look really strange in our current living room which has floral duck egg wallpaper. As such we have been hesitant in unpacking everything.
Even though our new house felt like a home straight away, at the same time I do feel sometimes like we are still house sitting for people. I wake up most mornings and still can’t believe this is our home, but at the same time I also feel a little like I am in limbo. We have so much we want to do to it, but it’s tricky trying to prioritise what needs doing first, combined with not having enough time or money to do everything we want to initially. I know it is going to take time to put our stamp on it and make it feel like ours, but at the same time it is hard to know where to start. We have started with the children’s rooms and the play room (although that is less of a priority) as we want to get them settled as soon as we can. It’s been a unsettling couple of weeks for them and although you might not necessarily know looking at them from an outside point of view, they are definitely a little off colour. They have been playing up at bedtime (partly probably because the girls have been sleeping in our room for a week or so) and they are just generally a little unsettled. I can’t wait to get their rooms sorted and then we can get a sense of normality back for them.
Both Jon and I are finding it really hard to get settled back into a work routine. In all honesty our work routine, well mine specifically, is something that has needed to be changed for a long time. but I have been trying to pretend to myself that it doesn’t. I have such a backlog of work and while my Mum has our baby boy for me for a couple of hours on a Tuesday morning, it just isn’t really working. I have been going to bed at 1am a lot and feeling stressed and out of sorts during the day, sitting Lottie in front of the television while I do this or that, and that isn’t what I want to do. I think it is time to accept that our baby boy needs to go to nursery for a day a week, or even a day and a half, but I have been so reluctant to do it. He’s our last baby and I want to keep this special time together as long as possible. However it isn’t healthy me constantly stressing and being on edge about what I have to do. I think I need to start looking into how it is going to work and commit to sending him in the not so distant future. Add in the house move and I am struggling to get on top of things when it comes to work (and general life really!) but I know slowly it will all fall into place in time.
I committed myself to doing a daily video throughout June, which has been amazing as I know I will love to look back on them, but at the same time it has probably been the worst timing as I then seem to be prioritising that over paid work and everything else. I am one of these people who once I set my mind to something, find it hard to just say enough is enough, so I will stick it out till the end of the month. I actually really enjoy them but it’s just so time consuming, especially considering we have moved house. I haven’t been out and about doing as much content for my blog because that plus paid work has been taking up all my time.
Which brings me to the ‘cop out’ part of my post. I haven’t had time to take any photos of them this week, bar the one above of them sat on the bed eating Fab’s which I love, so instead I am going to share some of this week’s daily videos. After all this is the ordinary moments and these videos couldn’t get more ordinary- I have been so worried they are going to get boring as it’s just me rambling on about rubbish most of the time. But I thought I would share this weeks if you fancy having a look.
I have so many blog posts (still got the end of our California trip to write about, plus all my Dubai posts too!) to come on here, plus I want to share a few snaps of our house on the day we moved in so I have them to remember, but hopefully I will get myself back into a pattern soon and normal service will resume!
‘All we do is talk about windows’ – June 23rd
‘Lipstick on the carpet & intensely exciting wardrobe sorting’- June 22nd
‘I think I’ve done something wrong- June 21st
‘It’s so hot, a mini kids haul and we have a wardrobe’ – June 20th
‘Really exciting carpet news* (*Not really) – June 19th
In other exciting news (more exciting than carpet!) I found out the other day I have been chosen as a finalist in the Britmums Brilliance in Blogging awards in the video category. Creating videos has become one of my biggest passions (alongside photography) and I love every single aspect of filming and editing videos of my family, videos of our travels, plus the odd brand video too. Some of my other favourite vloggers are in this category too so I know I don’t stand a chance, but if you fancy voting for me I would hugely appreciate it. You can do so here. Thank you so much if you do.