We are a massive picnic family. Anything that saves us washing up is always a hit in our books, but more than that, my girls’ seem to think that eating on a blanket on the floor is really exciting. We often have carpet picnics on a weekend, where we eat our lunch on the floor of the living room, but now Spring is officially here we have already managed to squeeze in two picnics outside- we really do all love them.
Mr E and I are still getting used to working alongside each other, it’s been less than a month, but so far it is going really well. The change, although huge and very scary, has been absolutely wonderful for our family. It’s great that he can be a lot more flexible than when he was working for another company, so on the odd occasion he has finished early to allow me to get more work done on a day I don’t normally work, or helped with childcare if I have needed to pop out somewhere. But above all we are just a team and we share and work together nicely. And of course, sometimes working for ourselves can be wonderful when it comes to other things as well.
On Tuesday’s the girls’ go to nursery all day, it’s their one day of the week that they do a full day. But last Tuesday the sun was shining and we both decided to finish work a little earlier so we could go together and pick them up a little earlier than usual. Both of them were really excited to see both of us there, normally I drop off and Mr E picks up or vice versa, but we stopped at the shop on route for essentials and then headed over to their nursery. We then told them we were off for an early evening picnic to which they both so happy about, it really is the littlest things sometimes that make them smile the most. We parked up at a little bit of open greenery near where we live, and armed with Peppa Pig cupcakes and other yummy treats, we headed off to find the perfect picnic spot.
The sun was setting and the light was gorgeous, and I took these few photos on my iPhone. I sat eating my pasta salad and watched my two girls laughing and giggling together, sharing their food, and chatting about what they had got up to at nursery that day, and I honestly felt a real feeling of contentment. There’s been lots of big changes in our family recently and we are both working so hard, sometimes I don’t feel like we ever switch off, and it can make me feel stressed and on edge. Working from home and for yourself appears to be amazing on the outside, and for the most part it really is, but it can be hard to find that work/life balance and it can be tough at times. But as I sat there on our picnic blanket watching my little family relaxing and having fun, it really brought home to me exactly why we do it.
For our family.
To be able to be spend time with these girls and watch them grow.
And to enjoy the most simplest of ordinary moments.