Time to enjoy life…

I haven’t posted for a while – not because I’ve been too busy, or because the children aren’t amusing me constantly – but because I haven’t had any specific inspiration of what was worth sharing. (I like to think that when I post, it’s something worth you reading – delusions of grandeur maybe!) Anyway – What I have had is time to think and enjoy everyday life. How amazing is that!

Seriously – it might sound odd but think about it just for a second. How often do we actually get time to just enjoy daily life?!

The other day I saw one of those inspirational quotes going round social media. This one really caught my eye. It went something like this:

If you have family that love you, good friends, food on the table and a roof over your head – you’re richer than you think.

It got me thinking – our family aren’t rich in money but we are rich in lots of other ways and the recent steady pace has given me chance to enjoy those things. I didn’t even realise I was specifically doing that, but then I looked back at the pictures I’d snapped over the last few weeks and it’s like a list of things that make me happy. Have a look:

IMG_0452.JPGTea for two with Ellie – she might only dunk her biscuits and leave her tea but we do it together.

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I’ve done a fair bit of gardening and I’m chuffed with how it’s coming on. More importantly most mornings and evenings I’ve sat in the garden with a cup of tea enjoying my handiwork. There’s some added pleasure being in my gardening shoes and pjs at the same time. Weird but true.

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I’ve spent some time with my parents – something there is no doubt I treasure even more after my mum was really ill in the last year.

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I’ve successfully planted up the veg patch and got the green house started. The first radish, lettuce and rocket have been eaten and I’m hopeful for the rest! 

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Ok so this is a bit of a cheat as I couldn’t find a photo from the last few weeks with the whole family on, that was good enough to share, but we have had a lot of family time together recently – having fun and laughing. This photo was taken a month or two ago but it does clearly shows what I mean. (Note to self – must improve photography skills!)

So there you go – this is a little reminder to myself to never forget to appreciate every day life. It’s just to easy to let it pass me by.

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It’s beautiful (a bit of a soppy post)

I really struggled to write this post. I knew I wanted to post the picture, but explaining it seemed really complicated. So I’ve gone the opposite way and decided to keep it really simple.

This is Ellie and her step Dad.

Joining two families together really can be challenging and hard, but it also can really work.

There are lots of things in the world that I would describe as beautiful but this picture is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen.

Ellie and Richard reading

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Being 7

I’ve decided that being 7 must be quite confusing for Ellie and it’s definitely confusing for me as her mum. Let me explain.

At 7 Ellie is old enough to:

Ask to earn pocket money by doing jobs … but expect to get paid if she stops half way through.

Know best and answer back because she knows best … but still cry if I tell her off.

Bring all her toys and general crap downstairs … but is too tired to take it back up later.

Choose her own clothes and style at the weekend … but need me to help her get dressed when she can’t be bothered on a school morning.

Bath herself without any help … but use half the bottle of conditioner because it ‘feels nice’.

Have her first few adult teeth … but still want me to clean her teeth for her when she can’t be bothered.

Talk about Anne Frank at school … but watch cbeebies over any other tv at home.

Of course, I’m not complaining because at 7 Ellie is still young enough to give me kisses and cuddles, to tell me she loves me every night, to want to snuggle on the sofa with me and to mostly sleep 11 to 12 hour nights.

It’s a confusing age really isn’t it.

Ellie at 7

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Let’s pretend

I often berate myself for not spending enough time just playing with Ellie – I all too often let life get in the way. That email won’t get typed, that floor won’t get cleaned and that meal certainly won’t get cooked if I’m playing! I’m pretty sure this is something other parents can relate to, isn’t it?

What I find even more interesting is that when I do play with Ellie it tends to be doing jigsaws, arts and crafts, writing and very ‘practical’ things. It’s that moment when I hear ‘oh mummy, let’s pretend to be…’ that I can honestly say makes me wonder what jobs I should be finding to do. I’m aware this is a terrible confession, but it’s true.

So the other day when Ellie asked me to ‘pretend to be vets’, I decided this was something I could definitely do and that I really should give it a go. She also followed her invite with ‘you don’t have to do anything really’ in order to encourage me to get involved – proof if ever that I don’t always find enough time to just play and a definite challenge!

We ended up with phones to call each other and some very funny conversations, six animal customers with multitudes of problems and a whole lot of laughter and fun. We probably played the game for 20 minutes or so at most but it was a this was a successful play time together and I am officially chuffed. I even managed to take some photos!

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So whilst I might not be great at playing let’s pretend games, and I might choose colouring over them in a heartbeat, this post is proof that I can do it and that when I do, it’s actually rather fun.

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