{The Ordinary Moments 16} #3 A Little Family Tradition

Every family has their own quirks and traditions that make them ‘them’. Inside jokes, happy memories and little routines that might be completely different to someone else’s, but that together make up a shared history. That quite simply make them a family. As I write this it’s half past two and LL is upstairs having a nap. I am snuggled up one sofa writing this and Mads and Mr E are on the other, cuddled up together as close as can be playing a game on the iPad. I was very lucky that Mads napped almost till she went to school, but for her mostly the nap days are over. Instead we call this period ‘quiet time’ where we don’t really talk bar whispers and we each get on with our own thing. Although not something every family does, this couple of hours of peace on a weekend where we aren’t doing much gives us chance to escape the mayhem and the constant noise of raising two young children.

I welcome these quiet weekends so much. In fact, like most people I yearn for the weekends all week. It used to be, before the girls, because I worked full time and they were the two days I got off. Now I am lucky to work from home, with set days on a Tuesday and Thursday, but the reality is I work on and off every day. However the weekends are the time that Mads is home from school and for me that time is so special. While she is thriving at school and we have all got used to the school routine, it isn’t quite the same not having the liveliest and feistiest member of our gang with us. So having her around at the weekend is extra special- especially if we have one of those weekends where we don’t do much at all.

I love having adventures, days out and of course to travel, but at the same time I love those quiet weekends. The ones where it is so cold outside and you snuggle up indoors, where we go at our own pace and where everything just seems to slow down a little. Where we get jobs done in the house, where we have a ‘carpet picnic’ for lunch and a lazy afternoon while LL sleeps.

One of our favourite family traditions when we don’t have much on at the weekend is to go for a cake. We always go quite early in the morning, just after breakfast and long before lunch, and there are about three different places we frequent. It’s just nice to get out of the house for an hour or so, before coming back and spending the day snuggled up inside.

Yesterday was no exception. We got up in the morning and decided that as the sun was shining we would head out for a cake and a juice. It was that beautiful kind of winter weather, where the sun was shining, but it was freezing cold- the frost on the ground was sparkling like thousands of diamonds and our noses went red from the bitter air. Indeed I remember those kind of cold days from my own childhood, going for a walk when it was so chilly outside that after ten minutes or so your hands and toes would start to hurt.

So we headed off for a cake together at one of our local garden centres. We got two slices of cake to share between us, considering it was only about 9.30am at this point, a Victoria sponge and the hugest chocolate cake slice known to man, and as Mads has been such a good girl recently we let her have her ultimate treat- a can of that Pelligrini lemonade to share with her Daddy. (We don’t normally let her have fizzy drinks) We chatted about life, giggled at the girls antics as usual, and then came home.

And that is where I am now. Snuggled up in the warm in my little house, feeling cosy and content. The ultimate lazy weekend. Nothing special or particularly exciting.

But one of our happy ordinary moments.

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  • Love the bright photos. You all look so happy. Sometimes quiet weekends are the best aren’t they? Although this does make me want cake and considering I am still in bed I should probably think about breakfast first! X

    • Katie Ellison says:

      Thanks Laura, they are lovely and bright aren’t they especially considering most of the time it is grey and dreary at the moment! x

  • Suzanne says:

    Those kind of days are just perfect aren’t they? Assuming the kids aren’t bored and therefore bickering! I think sometimes they don’t understand the importance of just ‘being’ as a family. We are experiencing that more and more as they get older; they will often arrange to meet friends for fear of having ‘nothing to do’! Holidays for us are therefore crucial as we are all forced together. That cake looks amazing and what a lovely simple tradition. x x

    • Katie Ellison says:

      Ha yes when they bicker or are over hyper then it isn’t quite so nice! No I definitely don’t think they understand it as teenagers. I know I didn’t. x

  • Carie says:

    Oh that does look like good cake! And I agree so much about the weekends being precious now that the big girls are in school, it’s always so much more fun when we’re all together!

    • Katie Ellison says:

      It is so precious isn’t it? I miss her so much during the week although I know how good school is for her. x

  • Sherry says:

    Their faces as they are tucking into the cake made me smile, it really is the little things isn’t it? I’m so glad that the blue skies have finally arrived, despite it being so cold x

  • Aww this is so lovely. This was our Saturday routine when the girls would be at dance class, we’d sit in a coffee shop and shuttle them between their classes. They would come and choose a cake to keep their energy up. The babies were able to sit in public for a while then. They’re not yet at a stage where we can do this again yet. I look forward to when we can again but for now I embrace the fact they’re crazy toddlers who won’t sit still and there’s no coffee and cake dates for me for a while. Although we do nip after school sometimes, but I only dare when I have James with me too. πŸ˜‰ xxx very sweet post

    • Katie Ellison says:

      Haha you will just have to have cake dates at home! Luckily mine aren’t too hyper so I don’t mind doing it on my own! x

  • Hannah says:

    That’s a lovely tradition and way to relax and spend time together. The cake looks gorgeous, and your little ones look like they sharing so nicely. Fizzy drinks are a big treat here too, they get so excited when we say they can have some!

    • Katie Ellison says:

      They are very good at sharing, most of the time. πŸ˜‰ Of course we have our moments. We rarely have fizzy drinks so Mads goes wild when we let her have a bit of one! x

  • We’ve just had one of our lazy weekend treats which is pancakes for breakfast too. Well I say lazy weekends but we are off to two childrens parties later on. Lovely photos as always Katie and I would like some cake now please!

    • Katie Ellison says:

      Pancakes are another tradition here, although we rarely make them at home! Yum! And we are at a party most weekend afternoons, its crazy isn’t it? They have a better social life than me! x

  • Aww that’s so lovely. Wish we had some kind of quiet time. My little one is like a hurricane and if it isn’t him whirling around being as noisy as possible then his big sis has her music blaring. Your pics are gorgeous as always and that cake – I need to get to your local garden centre! Enjoy the rest of your weekend x

    • Katie Ellison says:

      We have definitely pushed for the quiet time as it helps our sanity. Thanks and hope you had a nice weekend too. x

  • Such a lovely family tradition, when your children are older they will remember the times you headed out for cake with such fond memories

  • Rebecca says:

    Such beautiful photos as always. I always think it’s important during the hustle and bustle of a busy week to just spend some quiet time with your family and just relax. If that means eating delicious cake at the same time, even better lol! x x

  • Emma says:

    Oh their little hats are just so adorable! And now I really want cake too… Hehe! xx

  • I’m just tucking into a huge slab of chocolate brownie – weekends are definitely a time to indulge! I love having little family traditions & cake & juice sounds a great one.

  • Notmyyearoff says:

    I love love weekends like that. All chilled out and just being together. Like you guys, z is at school on week days now so we don’t do too much in the evenings. It makes the weekends that bit more special!

  • Such gorgeous photo’s as always! Sunday’s are absolutely made for cakes and snuggles πŸ™‚ x

  • Gorgeous photos! That chocolate cake looks incredible too. YUM. Such a lovely little family tradition to have, we visit our local garden centre a lot too, often for a breakfast date with my dad but it also does lovely cakes and hot chocolates. Sometimes it’s nice to break up a quiet weekend with a little trip out, especially when there is cake involved! xoxo

  • Oh my goodness that chocolate cake is huge. I think this is a lovely Ordinary Moment, I’d always pictured sharing cake with O but he really doesn’t have a sweet tooth and doesn’t like chocolate at all. The closest I got was sharing a giant Custard Cream from Costa but I think they’ve stopped doing them. Lazy weekends, not doing much at all are my idea of heaven. xx

  • Laura says:

    Doesn’t matter where you live, garden centres always do the best cake ever!! Lovely family tradition x

  • Natalie says:

    This sounds like my kind of weekend. I cherish our weekends when all my little family are reunited, we generally have to get outdoors for at least a hour so we usually do the same, a little walk and then a cuppa and cake. Perfect x

  • Anna-Marie says:

    Ah, last weekends are the best, and cake is even better! I love little family traditions.. Your photos are so bright! Gorgeous! xx

    • Katie Ellison says:

      They definitely are! And thank you, I was surprised how bright they were considering how dull it is outside at the moment! x

  • Donna says:

    The simplest days really are the best. I love these insights into your life and I love how you balance the adventure with the down time, the quiet times. It sounds like a perfect weekend day x

  • I just love how colour co ordinated you all are all the time, its marvellous!! Sounds like the perfect weekend treat! x

  • I cannot tell you how excited I am to go on maternity leave and have my weekends back to spend with my family. Especially those quiet, nothing really planned ones. That cake looks amazing and what more do you need in a weekend than cake and family?! x

  • Sounds perfect Katie. For LB even watching a film has become 10mins then wanting to play,I’m finding it increasingly difficult to recharge-My child has seriously got himself a cracking set of duracells! Non stop ????!!
    That cake looks amazing and what a fantastic family tradition! Hope you had a wonderful weekend-thanks for hosting X

  • This sounds like a dreamy weekend… My favourite kind! A little trip out, some cake and then a nice snuggly afternoon in! Perfection!

  • We have a lot of simple days coming up. It is impossible to leave the house as a family, what with MM’S naps so there is plenty on one on one time with Munch, which is nice. But I can’t wait for us to have the luxury of leaving the house as 4 x

  • Louise says:

    I need to go and buy a woolly hat after looking at the lovely ones you guys have! Cake on a Saturday morning is a great ordinary moment, we usually do bacon rolls but some weeks there’s some jam doughnuts thrown into the mix too πŸ˜‰

  • Sounds complete and utter bliss! There’s nothing better than a chilled simple weekend is there? Won’t be long and there’ll be another little person tagging along. Too cute.

  • Naomi says:

    Ohh fab looking cake, what I wouldn’t give for a slice now! Absolutely love it as a little tradition and it looks like your girls are really enjoying themselves too, I’m sure it’s something they will always remember doing with you. xx

  • I was thinking this weekend a lot about how weekends have changed so much since my married/pre-children days and now with two sweet children. I do miss laying on the couch on a lazy afternoon reading a book sometimes but I definitely love the fun and laughter on weekends these days. Beautiful family photos. Yummy cake anytime!

  • We are exactly the same, we love getting out, exploring, having adventures and travelling (although we don’t do much of that hopefully once I am driving and earning money we can do more) but we also adore our lazy weekends at home. Like you we have our couple of hours of quiet time, much needed for us all and we will usually head to a local cafe for coffee and cake (plus our favourite one has board games too). This reminds me I need to replace the hat I got for Christmas and then promptly lost! I pretty much live for the weekends and school holidays, home just isn’t the same without the little ones around.

  • Such beautiful photos! I love little family traditions – and this one sounds wonderful. We love heading to the garden centre too – and that cake you had looks delicious! xx

  • I want you to know that you are entirely to blame for T and I going to a cafe on Sunday morning and eating cake! I’ve decided that this is a pretty fabulous thing to do on a lazy weekend morning and will probably feature in more of our weekends in the future. I also love the idea of quiet time for when T gives up napping (hopefully many years in the future!) Xx

  • Katie Ellison says:

    Ooh I love your cafe has board games, thats a nice idea. x

  • What a lovely post to read and what gorgeous cake! We love how you make the most ordinary of day special xx

  • What a lovely post! Its so nice to have those little traditions, and that cake looks amazing!! xx

  • Mary says:

    OOOO those cakes look so yummy and delish! I absolutely love the girls bobble hats and your wintery pics of you all, beautiful as always. Glad you had some snuggly chilled out time – its good for the soul πŸ™‚ x

  • Emma says:

    Awww, Katie, looks just perfect. xx

  • Aww lovely post – I crave for the quiet family times that happen all too seldom now the children are older and busier. I never thought I would, guess thats a sign of us being happy together. x

  • Tanita says:

    Aw this is such a lovely post Katie, I do love sitting on my sofa in the evening when the kids are in bed and popping over to read your posts! I do so understand what you mean about not quite been the sam not having Mads thee with you. You are so lucky that LL still naps. Archie will nap on the very rare occasion but mostly soldiers through all day! Quite exhausting at times. Beautiful pictures of the four of you x

  • This is lovely Katie! My boys are just getting to the age now when we can nip out and do something like this at the weekend, it’s so nice to go into a cafe without the buggy and know we can have a little family treat together, it’s an ordinary moment I’ll never take for granted! Sounds like a blissful little weekend, I can’t wait for weekends now more than ever. Even thought I don’t work it is lovely to have everyone together for a couple of days xx

  • Jenny says:

    Oh I couldn’t agree with you more. Not that we ever get a quiet weekend at the moment it seems I am so looking forward to one. I love them so much when we are all home and we get to have no rushing around we can be cuddling and eating pizza or cake and just be in the moment cozy at home together. It’s blissful indeed darling. Glad you got to enjoy it love the photos.

  • It sounds perfect to me. We need to start insisting on quiet time, as Baby doesn’t nap now and it can be quite full on. I love the tradition of going for cake πŸ™‚ x

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