This week has felt rather long and even a little tedious at times, dealing with the usual daily routine of the school run, endless breakfasts and dinners to prepare, bath times, bed times, and the sometimes monotony that comes with going about day to day life. Sometimes I need these kind of weeks, I need some structure, I need to not rush about and stray from our routine and I like the fact that I know exactly what we are doing each day, even down to the food we eat and the friends we see. These kind of weeks are most welcome, especially if we have been away or been especially busy.
Since Monday however I have had a constant headache, I would not go as far as to say it was a migraine, but it has been there non stop and making me feel rather poorly. It has started from the second I open my eyes in the morning, but then been getting progressively worse throughout the day, so by the evening I am pretty much useless. Mr E has been doing even more than usual, looking after us, cooking dinner and generally being amazing. It has meant my work has suffered a fair bit, as has my blog. I can’t remember the last time I didn’t post for a week, bar when we have been away, but I just haven’t wanted to be on my laptop as it makes my head feel worse. As I write this though, it feels like it hopefully is getting a bit better, it is still there but isn’t as bad as it has been. I think there are just lots of bugs going around as we start to get into the winter bug season.
But in between the aches and pains, there have been some exciting things happening. On Monday we signed a contract for something that I have basically been wishing for ever since we moved into our house six years ago. It felt very grown up going into the showroom and discussing things like radiator placement, tile colour and building regulations, but the reason for this is we are getting an extension on our house. Even as I type it I can’t believe it is finally happening and I am incredibly proud that we have managed to save enough money (plus a little loan too!) to make it happen.
We moved into our house six years ago now and I still remember the excitement as we got the keys. A mortgage felt such a big step and made us feel very grown up indeed, and then less than six months later we got married, followed by two children closely after. For a long time, while we loved our little home, it didn’t have our stamp on it as we just couldn’t simply afford to do it. But over the last year or so, we have finally started taking it from quite a neutral, liveable space into something that really feels like us. We have redecorated our living room, our study, the girls bedroom and completely renovated our bathroom. Our house isn’t our dream home by any means, it’s on an estate and we would love to live in a village, it’s a three bed and we would like it to be larger, and it isn’t somewhere we will live forever, but we know how lucky we are to own our own home, especially considering how hard it is to get on the property ladder nowadays.
For a while we kept saying we would move, a next ‘step up the ladder’ if you like, but with both myself and Mr E working freelance, it just wasn’t going to happen anytime soon. House prices in our area are also very expensive, the perils of living within an hour of London and in a ‘commuter belt’, so for the little extra money we have it means we can’t really get anything that much better, perhaps an extra room on another estate or a slightly smaller house in a slightly better location. Plus it would mean starting again, with a house that won’t be exactly like our tastes, or with an old fashioned bathroom, or scary looking multicoloured carpet. So we have decided to stay put for the next few years and extend- something which is so exciting that every time I think about it I get all giddy.
It won’t be a big extension, we just are effectively adding a few more inches to our living room, taking out the external doors and making it open plan. It means we have space for a ‘proper’ family dining table, rather than the tiny one we have now pushed against the wall, which means that one of us has to sit on the floor or sofa unless we pull out the table every time and get the extra chair from the garage. We will also put some toy storage in there and get rid of our carpet and put wood flooring down throughout the living room and new extension. It definitely means that our living space is going to be a lot more practical for our family and I can’t wait for it to start. Unfortunately we just missed the cut off for Christmas, which means it looks more than likely it will be in the New Year that they will begin, but it just means more time to obsessively browse interior magazines to look for decorating ideas. I am excited about having another room to decorate!
Enough of my rambling and to my photos for this week. With this headache I haven’t hardly taken any photos at all, which is very unlike me. In fact my ‘big camera’ is collecting dust as I can’t remember the last time I used it, and even my phone camera hasn’t been used as much as normal. But yesterday we decided to head off into Cambridge for a morning of shopping and lunch as we had some bits and pieces to get. It was one of those lovely mornings where everything goes according to plan- the girls were as good as gold going round the shops, even though shopping for a 4 and a 2 year old is hardly much fun, we got everything we needed pretty quickly, and then we went for a lovely lunch at one of our favourite places in town. As we were walking back to the car, which was a fair while away (we have found a place in Cambridge where you can park for free, in a city where parking is about £7 an hour this is really like gold dust) I said to Mr E about what a nice day it had been. The girls were running ahead, dodging bikes and saying hello to the ducks by the river, and I shouted for them to stop and take a ‘family selfie’ on my phone.
These photos are pretty awful, with closed eyes, silly faces and all other manner of things going on, but they signify a happy, ordinary day with my little family. A day where you just feel really content and thankful for what you have. For the simple times and the most ordinary of moments.