{The Ordinary Moments 14} #30 ‘Ordinary Moments To Treasure’

I have spoken a few times on my blog about my Grandparents.  I am lucky that I still have both sets of my Grandparents around, which at my age is pretty rare.  My Mum’s parents live near us and we often see them, but my Dad’s side live on the border of Wales so as such don’t get to see them as much.  We try to see them every couple of months, whether that’s us going up to see them or them coming down to see my Dad.  This weekend my Dad travelled up to get them and brought them back down to his house for a few days.

My Grandpa is 93 and my Nana is nearly 90, so as sad as it may be, it almost feels like we are on ‘borrowed time’.  That is the inevitablity of life, and as much as you try not to think about it, I often do, especially after we have said our goodbyes.  Therefore every time we see them it is so special, and I am so thankful that that they have got to develop a relationship with my girls.  On Saturday afternoon we went over to my Dad’s and Step Mum’s for a BBQ, where we spent a few hours making yet more unforgettable memories.  Both Mads and LL were such good girl’s and I managed to catch a couple of sneaky snaps of them when they weren’t looking.  The fact that they are unposed and capture such raw emotion, are even more special for me.

These are ordinary moments, but actually they are some of my most treasured.  We will continue to make them for as long as we are lucky enough to do so…

a bbq at dads aug14

a bbq at dads aug14a


94 Comments

  • Carie says:

    I think that’s wonderful and amazing that you’ve still got a full compliment of grandparents, I never did and of the next generation only Kitty did and then not for very long. But we do still have H’s Gran and I love not only that she knows my girls but that Kitty at least is getting to be old enough that she’ll have memories of her Great-Gran that aren’t photos, and I suspect the same will be true for Mads.

  • Emily says:

    Oh my, such beautiful pictures of the girls Katie! They will certainly treasure these in years to come. It’s almost impossible to describe the importance of that bond with the older generations. It’s like a sense of belonging, and love and support all mixed together. Of course they won’t understand this until they are much older, but when they are hopefully these pictures will help them to feel it!

  • Lauren says:

    Photos of your girls with your grandparents always make my eyes fill with tears. These are beautiful, especially Mads playing with your grandads ear.
    I know what you mean about being on borrowed time. I felt like that this week with my nan who lives in Somerset. Felt like we had to squeeze as much time with her as we could just in case it was the last time xx

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      Exactly, it’s sad to think about it but unfortunately these things will happen one day. It’s just important to treasure them. x

  • Beautiful photos. So lucky to have so many grandparents still with you and get to enjoy those extra special moments, I would imagine saying goodbye each time is the hardest thing. But what wonderful memories you all have to cherish.x

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      It is hard as you do think of the inevitable. It makes me really sad each time. But yes we will have these moments to treasure forever. xx

  • Ah these made me all emotional, it’s so lovely and you must have some amazing genes in your family! xx

  • These pictures are precious, I always feel the same when we visit James’ grandad who’ll be 92 this Christmas. This is a lovely post, and the children will appreciate having these photographs when they’re older 🙂

  • Jessica Hill says:

    What a precious moment, love how Mads is playing with her Grandads ear, so sweet! Gorgeous moment to capture! x

  • How lovely. My Grandpa lives a 7 hour drive away, so it’s hard to see him but I’ve tried to take my little one up to see him a few times. These are really lovely photos xx

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      It is hard when they are far away- this set live about 3 hours away and that’s hard enough so 7 hours must be really tricky. x

  • How beautiful. I love that in the bottom photo Mads is holding your Grandad’s eat too.
    We too are lucky – I have my nana who is 94 this year, and My boyfriends 2 nanas are also still with us so my girls get good relationships with them all. Xx

  • How lovely that your girls are able to spend such quality time with their Great Grandparents. And it’s lovely that you have some gorgeous photos which you can treasure forever x

  • Mummy's Blog says:

    Beautiful photos. We are taking our little one to see her great grandma this afternoon. Linking up with you for the first time x

  • Those pictures are so very beautiful and moving. It is lovely to have that extended family and to see such beautiful relationships with the girls xx

  • Emma says:

    Lovely post! It’s so nice that your grandparents get to spend time with your children 🙂 Special photos and special memories xxx

  • Jenny says:

    Ahhh bless this is so bittersweet. I love the black and white photos. Grandparents are amazing. I am sad we are leaving and my kids will have to go another year without them. Love the Mads sucks her fingers, MM has decided no more thumb sucking and moved to her middle fingers too! lol Adorable. Love this week’s ordinary moments. Beautiful!

  • katie says:

    Mads doing her ear thing with your grandad 🙂 priceless x

  • Ritz says:

    This made me cry! So special are these moments and yes its very lucky to have grandparents and great-grandparents around…I miss my grandparents and wish they were here to spend time with my kids. xxx

  • Debbie says:

    I am so glad your daughters are able to live this moment. I fortunately remember my great-grandparents and accept that my grandparents were taken from me too soon, which meant my little ones love their grandparents, and have met my great-grand aunt but that is as far as their history travels. Your photos show how you treasure these moments, and I imagine in time your girls will too. x

  • Louisa says:

    The picture of your grandad looking at Mads made me cry. My lovely grandad Frank died a few weeks before Fran was born and I will always wish they could’ve met. Seize every moment xx

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      I am sorry to hear they didn’t get to meet Louisa. And I really love that photo too- it gives me goosebumps. x

  • Such lovely pictures! Between hubby and I, we only have 5 relatives, so I cannot imagine how it must feel to have all your grandparents x

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      It’s lovely to know that we are building memories with them, my girls wont remember but I can tell them and show them the photos. x

  • We are lucky enough to have all four grandparents on my side and two grandparents on hubs side, it really is so special for Mini to be able to have them in her life and her in theirs. Gorgeous pictures, they all look so happy together!

  • Lori says:

    Beautiful Capture, we are still lucky to have my grandparents on my mums side in their 90’s and I love watching F with them. x

  • Mummy Says says:

    Such a precious set of photos and such beautiful moments to capture. These are wonderful times and your girls and your grandparents are so lucky. Lovely to see them all treasuring this time xx

  • Astrid says:

    You remind me that I need to call my grandma tomorrow to schedule a visit. She’s the only grandparent I still have and she’s the grandparent I always had the most special contact with.

  • Lovely photos. I love piccies of little ones with their great grandparents. such treasured memories and the ones I have of mine with my Grandad I really do treasure close to my heart! x

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      I know you were really close to your Granddad from what I have read on your blog so you must really treasure the memories. xx

  • Stunning photos of your little ladies, it’s so lovely that they get to make wonderful memories with their great-grandparents. I adore the one of Mads xxx

  • Such a gorgeous post, it is so special that your girls will have memories of you grandparents! I only have my Nana but she is 76 so still going strong, she adores my boys and I couldn’t imagine them not knowing her xx

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