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{The Ordinary Moments 14} #24 'The Week Summer Officially Began.'

on Sunday, 15 June 2014.

Oh Summer, we were wondering when you would make an appearance.  You have been teasing us for a while now, giving us a glimpse of you and then promptly disappearing back where you came from.  But this week you decided it was time to 'officially' arrive.  We are under no illusions that you will stick around forever, but we are certainly enjoying your company while you are here.

What is it about the sun that makes everything that little bit better?  It's been a happy but simple week in our house, we have been enjoying lots of time outside- morning's out with friends or catching the last of the afternoon sun on the days the girls have been at nursery.  I adore the sunshine, I definitely think I should be living abroad.  I love the feeling of the sun beating down on my shoulders, that first lick of an ice cream on a hot day and the carefree sound of my girl's giggles as they play outside.  

Last Tuesday we were contemplating what to have for dinner when we decided that the weather was just far too nice to be sat indoors.  So we rang Mr E on the way home and told him we were off out for an impromptu picnic.  We packed some yummy food, the compulsory naughty picnic snacks and headed off to a pretty little meadow by our house.

We sat there for ages, just enjoying the last of the sun, chatting about our days and remarking on just quite how lucky we are to have our little family.

Because that's the thing.  Sometimes the most ordinary moments are definitely the sweetest.  And all it takes is a simple little afternoon picnic to remind us of that.

summer picnics june14

 

Comments (52)

  • Emily

    Emily

    15 June 2014 at 07:05 |
    We always find that the 'out of the ordinary' spontaneously activities are the ones we treasure the most as a family. I loved it when I saw these pictures this week Katie. It warmed my heart, and I thought yea for you! Spontaneous picnic is now on my summer bucket list!
  • Carie

    Carie

    15 June 2014 at 07:15 |
    I think that's the magic of summer - impromptu outdoors! And all food tastes best outdoors I'm sure of it! Long may it last
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 14:17 |
      I definitely agree with you there Carie. x
  • The mummy madness

    The mummy madness

    15 June 2014 at 07:32 |
    How lovely those last min plans can be alot of fun, We did a similar thing was so nice. Hope the weather continues and you can keep on enjoying these little moments.
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 14:17 |
      Thanks it's so hit and miss the weather here! x
  • Lina - Cookies and Cwtches

    Lina - Cookies and Cwtches

    15 June 2014 at 08:03 |
    A bit of sunshine really makes all the difference doesn't it! What a lovely idea, we may have to do the same one evening if the weather continues :-)
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      07 July 2014 at 17:58 |
      I definitely recommend it! x
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 14:16 |
      It really does! x
  • lucy at dear beautiful

    lucy at dear beautiful

    15 June 2014 at 09:24 |
    Such a cute photo, and such a sweet little activity to do while the weather is being kind. It's definitely easier to see al our blessings with the sun on our skin and fresh air in our lungs I think. Love this! x
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      07 July 2014 at 17:58 |
      Definitely agree, summer just makes you feel so thankful doesn't it? x
  • Lauren

    Lauren

    15 June 2014 at 09:33 |
    I love that you do this together, this is something we've talked about but never really done, other than a last minute trip to the boat for fish n chips last week which was rather fun.
    That photo looks like it should be in a catalogue or as part of a clothing campaign xx
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      07 July 2014 at 17:58 |
      It's definitely one of our nicer traditions. x
  • Katrina

    Katrina

    15 June 2014 at 09:46 |
    Whoo hoo to the sun! We're such an outdoorsy family, as soon as it arrives on these shores, we're off like a whippet in the wilderness (So desperate are we for the climate, we're in the process of Oz visas). I love last minute plans (they always work out the best, right?)& the most simple of family fun days-like a picnic. A fab ordinary moment xx
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      07 July 2014 at 17:57 |
      Wow I didn't know that Katrina, how exciting. I would love to live or even visit Oz! x
  • Donna

    Donna

    15 June 2014 at 11:15 |
    This is something we should definitely do more of - Impromptu picnics sound perfect! x
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      07 July 2014 at 17:57 |
      I love a good picnic! x
  • PottyMouthedMummy

    PottyMouthedMummy

    15 June 2014 at 11:51 |
    What a lovely improvised moment. I love moments like this, the things you don't plan. Gorgeous pic xxx
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      07 July 2014 at 17:57 |
      Thanks lovely. x
  • Jenny

    Jenny

    15 June 2014 at 12:36 |
    Such a magical moment, those ordinary moment and impromptu family fun times. I love it Katie. That's what life is all about making the most of it. it goes too fast not to!!! Thanks for hosting my lovely! See you friday!!!
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      07 July 2014 at 17:57 |
      Thanks lovely and it was so nice to see you at the weekend. x
  • Sara (@mumturnedmom)

    Sara (@mumturnedmom)

    15 June 2014 at 17:35 |
    Everything is better with sunshine! It really does make such a difference, it's easier to smile, easier to chat. Everyone is just happier and more relaxed. We love picnics!
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      07 July 2014 at 17:57 |
      It really is, and aren't picnics just the best? One of life's simple pleasures for sure. x
  • Merlinda Little (@pixiedusk)

    Merlinda Little (@pixiedusk)

    15 June 2014 at 20:30 |
    For me sun means home. As it was really really sunny and hot in my country I am finding that I am much happier when its sunny cuz its reminding me of home. =)
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      07 July 2014 at 17:56 |
      Aw that's lovely! x
  • Oh Little One Sweet

    Oh Little One Sweet

    15 June 2014 at 22:17 |
    What a lovely idea to have an impromptu family picnic. Sometimes the most unplanned outings are the best. A gorgeous post. X
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      07 July 2014 at 17:56 |
      They definitely are- thank you! x
  • Ritz

    Ritz

    16 June 2014 at 06:51 |
    Sun makes everything beautiful and happy faces around all the time! IT lifts your spirit and make you feel human again...esp me , it helps me to get through the day smiling even if i feel zombie most of the time at the moment :) xx
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      07 July 2014 at 17:56 |
      It always makes people a bit happier doesn't it? x
  • YouBabyMeMummy

    YouBabyMeMummy

    16 June 2014 at 07:56 |
    Such a lovely picture Katie! Summer makes everything feel magical, hopefully the nice weather will stick around a while xx
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      07 July 2014 at 17:55 |
      Lets hope we have a nice long summer of sunshine! x
  • Mammasaurus

    Mammasaurus

    16 June 2014 at 09:53 |
    FAB! Love the way the light is streaming down on them (and I have fab mental images of you lying on your tummy taking this amongst picnic crumbs!)
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      07 July 2014 at 17:55 |
      Haha you would be correct! ;)
  • Eline @ Pasta & Patchwork

    Eline @ Pasta & Patchwork

    16 June 2014 at 11:20 |
    Gorgeous picture! When the weather is nice and my little boy not too tired from nursery, I often ring up my husband to come and join us for a run-around in the park. It's nothing special - just an extra half an hour outdoors - but it always puts all of us in a better mood.
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      07 July 2014 at 17:55 |
      Definitely, everything just seems a bit brighter when the sun is shining doesn't it?
  • Michelle

    Michelle

    16 June 2014 at 11:42 |
    I hope you all had a lovely day yesterday celebrating Father's day. The weather has been beautiful recently. This is such a sweet photo the way the sun is shining through. Spontaneous picnics are the best xx
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      07 July 2014 at 17:55 |
      They definitely are, and I love the photo. Thanks Michelle. x
  • Kara

    Kara

    16 June 2014 at 11:45 |
    Such a perfect picture, I LOVE IT, if only you had been in this, this would have been an up on the wall moment xx
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      07 July 2014 at 17:54 |
      Thanks lovely Kara. x
  • Karen

    Karen

    16 June 2014 at 11:46 |
    I love this, just beautiful x
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      07 July 2014 at 17:54 |
      Thanks Karen. x
  • Mummy Hargreaves (Kerri-Ann)

    Mummy Hargreaves (Kerri-Ann)

    16 June 2014 at 11:51 |
    I've linked up for the first time, I look forward to reading all about your ordinary moments this evening x
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      07 July 2014 at 17:52 |
      Thanks Kerri-Ann and it was lovely to read your post. x
  • Nicola

    Nicola

    16 June 2014 at 19:55 |
    They defiantly are the sweetest!! X
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      07 July 2014 at 17:52 |
      Thanks lovely! x
  • Claire @ Clarina's Contemplations

    Claire @ Clarina's Contemplations

    16 June 2014 at 23:04 |
    Hasn't this weather been wonderful?! Slightly saddened by the downturn, but hoping it will pick up again soon... The joys of living in England! Mr E looks like a very popular guy!
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      07 July 2014 at 17:52 |
      It is such funny old weather- makes it hard when trying to sort out the washing. ;)
  • Notmyyearoff

    Notmyyearoff

    17 June 2014 at 07:53 |
    I love the sun so much and you're spot on about better moods. Everything is so much happier isn't it? I even went for a bit of a jog a few times last week. I'm hopelessly unfit but it stil felt good!
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      07 July 2014 at 17:51 |
      Everything is a little better when it is sunny isn't it? :)
  • Carin

    Carin

    17 June 2014 at 11:46 |
    I love spontaneous outings and picnics when you just take everything and run to make the most of the beautiful weather. I think that's part of the beauty of living in the UK- we really appreciate nice weather and try to make the most of it. P.S Can't wait to see you on Friday
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      07 July 2014 at 17:51 |
      It was so lovely to meet you at long last Carin. x
  • katie

    katie

    17 June 2014 at 14:12 |
    ahhh gorgeous happy shot! We have also taken to doing impromptu post pre-school beach picnics - the days feel SO much longer i love it x
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      07 July 2014 at 17:51 |
      Summer is the best isn't it?! x

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