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A Week In Our Lives...

on Tuesday, 17 February 2015.

As a family there is nothing more we love than having adventures.  I tweeted the other day that my eighty year old Grandparents were off to Thailand for a month, and lots of people commented saying wow and good on them.  It's nothing new, they often head off to far flung places and have done a few times a year since I was small.  But I think that's just it, I have grown up in a family where travelling and experiencing new things is just something we love to do, and I definitely get my passion for travel from my Grandparents.  There's that word 'wanderlust' which is classed as a desire to wander or travel and explore the world and I think I have always had that.  

That being said though, I am still always so happy to return home.  While I do love to go away, I love to be at home even more.  I thrive on routine and structure, so do my girls, and I love just going about our ordinary life.  I get stressed and on edge if we are too busy, I definitely like being at home and just experiencing the simplest moments.  I know that my girls will remember the holidays and the weekends away, but I also know that the things they will remember the most are the smallest and most ordinary of moments.  Just being together as a family.  An adventure doesn't have to be in a far flung place or away from home- we have mini adventures on a day to day basis.  When you are four and two, a carpet picnic on the living room floor, or a trip to the garden centre to look at the rabbits, is just as much of an adventure as going away.

Last week we decided we would film our ordinary lives.  It actually ended up being slightly more hectic than an average week.  Monday I was in London for meetings with my fellow Space In Your Case ladies (spot the cameo from Alison!), Tuesday was a all day session at nursery for the girls and a day of work for me, (with a sneaky drink on my 'lunch break') Wednesday was LL's birthday, Thursday was a seven hour round trip up to Manchester for an all day meeting (plus a sneaky and delicious meal of tapas and chats with Charlotte), Friday was a quiet day with the girls and Saturday was a special trip out for LL's birthday.  We wanted to document it all the same so in years to come we can look back and look at what a week in our day to day life looked like.  Plus we wanted to show how much we use our Subaru XV on a daily basis too.

I only ever really film our days out or trips away, so this is a slightly different kind of video for me, and is a lot longer than my usual ones.  But I know that one day we will look back and smile on what a random week in our lives looked like....

 

 

A Day In The Life Of A Six Month Old Baby...

on Wednesday, 14 August 2013.

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I get up around 7.30am, sometimes I am in my own crib, but more often than not I am in Mummy and Daddy's bed. ;)

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While waiting for Mummy, Daddy and my Big Sister to get ready, I might have another little snooze.

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In between drinking milkies, I have a little play with my toys.

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I get Mummy to change my nappy, and I enjoy having a kick on my changing table.

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Before it's time for a little siesta.

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Then it's time to practice on my tummy.  I am getting pretty strong at it now.

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I have a little bit of an afternoon jumping session in my jumperoo.  It's my favourite thing to do ever!

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Before it's time for a bath where I get soaked cause my sister splashes me.  Not that I mind, in fact it makes me giggle most nights.

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Finally it's time to get in my jammies with Daddy and Mads and have some bedtime milkies while I listen to the story Daddy reads us.

Then its off to Zzzzzz...

But not for long.... As I like to keep my Mummy and Daddy on their toes. 

The Circle Of Life...

on Monday, 18 March 2013.

This past weekend we made the long journey to Shropshire to spend the day with my Nana and Grandpa.  When Mads was born they didn't get to meet her until she was about four months as my Grandpa was quite poorly at the time so we decided we would make the trip up there so they could meet LL when she was still 'new'.  

My Grandpa is 92, already a lot older than most people get.  My Nana isn't far behind in her late 80's.  

They have a whole lot of stories to tell- about their childhoods, my Grandpa's tales of the Second World War, and of course tales of my Dad and Uncle growing up.  The funny anctedotes of my Dad pushing my Uncle's face into a cow pat, or bouncing him off his bed and breaking his arm.  

Or hearing my Grandpa wistfully talk about 'courting' my Nana.  

I could sit for hours and listen to them.  Their fascinating story of where they came from, and ultimately because of them, how I got here.

 How my babies got here.  

The circle of life.

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They are getting very old and no one knows for sure what life has in store for us.

But in the meantime we will treasure every meeting, moment and emotion of making more memories.

So one day maybe I can sit with my great grandchildren just as they did last Saturday and tell them stories of my childhood- and the tales of my ever so wonderful Grandparents.

Feeling Lucky...

on Monday, 15 October 2012.

Sometimes it is easy to get bogged down in every day life.  Occasionally I find, especially at the moment when my hormones are all over the place, that I get stressed or worked up about things that just don't really matter.  If I have a boring, long day at work, I come home and find my mood is black- I get annoyed because the house is a mess, or because there are piles of washing to do.

Money is another one, most days I am fine, and then others I get worked up about our sky high mortgage, or the bills that keep landing on the doormat.  I get grumpy about the fact that I can't afford to buy as many clothes as I used too, or that I can't buy that little knick knack that would look nice on our bedroom windowsill.

Or I get irritated by the fact that since having Mads I have had to change job roles- and have had to take a big paycut- I had worked hard to get where I was, and I loved my job, but travelling a week of the month with a baby just wouldn't have been feasible.  Instead I am now in a role where I don't feel as valued and the days drag.

But then I have weekends like the one I have just had that make you realise just exactly what you have.  

Don't get me wrong, these moments are only very rarely, and I know how lucky I am.  I have a wonderful family and loyal friends, an incredibly caring husband and a little girl who brightens up our world.  We have to budget a lot more than we used too, but at the end of the day the reason we have high outgoings is because of our little home that we are privilged of owning, and from having a lot of holidays and travels before our little person arrived.  But in the grand scheme of things, we have money to put food on the table and to treat ourselves occasionally, and I know we are a lot more fortunate than others.  I took this pay cut so I could spend time with my girl and I wouldn't change that for all the clothes money could buy.

Back to this weekend.  We went up to Cheshire to see Mr E's side of the family.  We didn't do much, we went to lunch on the Saturday and then went to the local park, and on Sunday we went out for brunch and went to feed the ducks.  But the sun was shining, there was a crisp frost on the ground and the trees were full of beautiful autumn colours.  

There was something about my little girl running through the fallen leaves with her Daddy, her face lighting up when we gave the ducks some food, and the way she kept turning back to me and smiling, that clarified so much for me.

All of those things don't matter.  Yes we all have bad days, and yes we all have good ones- ones where we treat ourselves, have a trip out or do something different.  But this weekend was just normal, going to the park isn't anything extraordinary, we do it all the time.  

But it made me realise that my 'normal' life is pretty damn good.  

I wouldn't change a single thing about it.

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