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  • InFamily

    The Ordinary Moments ’16 #17 & #18 | Life Lately

    Gosh I am so behind on my Ordinary Moments posts, I really must get into the routine of writing them up on a Sunday when the happenings of the week are still fresh in my memory because otherwise I tend to forget about the little things, the ones that I really want to be documenting in these posts.

    So, life lately in the Lee household?

    Well there isn’t a great deal to report if I’m completely honest. Josh was away on a business trip for a few days and I just about survived parenting solo while he was gone. In between juggling our usual hectic work schedules, we’ve celebrated some family birthdays, we went swimming last weekend which Bella absolutely loved, Josh and I enjoyed a child free shopping and dinner date and we’ve been doing a lot of pottering around in the garden in preparation for the warmer weather. So nothing too exciting but enjoyable all the same.

    Its now less than a month until our holiday and we’re all really looking forward to getting away for a week in the sunshine. Josh spends a lot of hours either at work or working from home each week which can be tough sometimes as Bella and I really do miss him, so it will be great to spend some quality family time together while we’re away.

    I’ve been feeling a bit overwhelmed these past few weeks and feel like my life is a bit of an disorganised mess and that I’m swiftly heading in the right direction for a quarter life crisis 😉 Probably a bit of an over exaggeration, but sometimes that is honestly how it feels and I’m sure I’m not alone. I definitely do not have my shit together at the moment and it’s making me seriously stressed. There just never seems to be enough hours in the day to get everything done that needs doing and my little brain is completely frazzled by bed time. I’ve started putting pen to paper in the form of a daily ‘To Do’ list in the hope to try and help me to be more productive. It’s definitely helped so far but I think that maybe my lists are a bit over ambitious each day, which may be why I can never complete all the tasks on them! Oops.

    We don’t have any huge plans between now and when we go away which makes a nice change, hopefully we can finish some odd jobs around the house (which I can then happily tick off my ‘To Do’ lists), the weather is also meant to be lovely so I’m eager to spend lots of time outside soaking up the Sunshine with my favourite people and working our way through our Spring Bucket List.

    I know this post is probably a bit rambly and could come across slightly negative but that wasn’t the point of it at all, it’s just how I’m feeling at the moment and it feels good to get it out sometimes.

    So that’s what we’ve been up to over the past couple of weeks and there have definitely been plenty of Ordinary Moments. Here’s a few of my favourites from Instagram of our life lately, as I’ve been too disorganised to remember to snap much on my big camera! Sigh. I promise that I will start posting these on time one day along with better photos  😉

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    Harriet xo

  • InBella, Family

    The Ordinary Moments ’16 #14 & #15 | Big Girl Knickers

    I feel like I’m so behind on these Ordinary Moments posts. I started drafting this post a good 10 days ago now and just haven’t found the time to finish it until now. The last couple of weeks have flown by if I’m honest and I still haven’t got over the fact we’re now in April! As cliche as it sounds, this year really is just flying by.

    A couple of weeks back, on Good Friday (which seems forever ago now!) we began the dreaded task which was toilet training Bella! This wasn’t something we rushed into and it had actually been planned for quite a while as I had even booked some time off work, so I could have ten whole days off with Bella in order to give it my full attention.

    Bella first started showing signs that she was ready last August when she was just 21 months old. She’d tell me she needed a wee and would run off to the toilet trying to remove her nappy! A couple of times I did pop her on the loo and to my surprise she did actually go but I still decided she wasn’t quite ready yet and tried to hold off at least until she was two!

    We decided Easter would be a good time to finally start so Good Friday came around and we took off her nappy in the morning and let her choose her first pair of big girl knickers. This decision took her a while (toddler problems) but within about 10 minutes they were off again anyway 😉 We opted to go straight to using the normal toilet with a toddler training seat on and just skipped the potty all together.

    I think on day one she had around 10 accidents (cue me panicking that she wasn’t ready yet!) although most of these were in the morning and by late afternoon we could already see she was getting the hang of it!

    The next day she had just two accidents and on the third day only one. Day four was Easter Monday and our first day away from home as we were at my in laws for an Easter roast and egg hunt with all the family. I must have packed about seven changes of clothes as I was sure that there would be plenty of accidents as there was so much going on.

    Well, I was wrong. Hurrah! Day four and no accidents what so ever. And in the last two weeks I think there has only been two or three!! So just like that, no more nappies. I’m so so glad we waited a bit longer until she was definitely ready. Josh and I both can’t quite believe how smoothly it’s gone and are ridiculously proud of our little love. I was honestly expecting it to be a complete and utter nightmare, I had heard such horror stories and I genuinely feared for my cream carpets future! 😉

    Last week she returned to nursery for two days and was at my Mums for one and every time I collected her I was very pleased to see that she was still in the same clothes I dropped her off in.

    As strange as it may sound, I almost feel a little sad about it all, as in a way we are saying goodbye to yet another part of her babyhood! Her little bottom looks so very grown up prancing around with teeny big girl knickers on and I just can’t believe we are here already! She’s growing up so fast and this seems like such a huge milestone. As much as I really don’t want to admit it, she isn’t a baby any more, and that makes my heart ache a little.


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    Harriet xo

  • InFamily

    The Ordinary Moments ’16 #12 | New Shoes, Spring Blooms & A Trip To The Park

    Firstly, I wanted to say a huge thank you for all of the extremely sweet and thoughtful comments on my last Ordinary Moments post. I read every single one and I really do appreciate them all. Sadly my Dad’s eyesight hasn’t made much improvement as of yet but we are still holding out hope and he’s been booked in to have a procedure to try and clear the bleed a bit.

    I can’t quite believe that we are already 12 whole weeks into this year, wasn’t Christmas just last week? No? It feels like I just blinked and now Easter is upon us and we are now officially in Spring, although the weather clearly hasn’t got that memo yet 😉

    Last week was a funny one. There were highs and there were lows. Things are still pretty full on here but I think we’re all slowly adjusting. On Wednesday we popped into town to run some errands and Bella got some lovely new patent navy shoes and she has barely taken them off since. She’s utterly obsessed with them and kicks up such a fuss when we insist she takes them off at bedtime. We have to make sure we place them next to her bed so she can still see them… madness! Every morning without fail when we go into her bedroom to get her, she’s already put them back on. As crazy as it sounds, it’s also pretty cute. She insists on showing everyone we meet her new ‘special’ shoes as she likes to call them. Safe to say that she’s pleased with them 😉

    The best part of last week was probably booking our pre Christmas stay at Center Parcs. We’re heading to Woburn Forest just after my birthday in November when their Winter Wonderland event is on and I’m super excited for a little getaway before the madness of Christmas hits. I think a voucher for the spa will definitely be on my birthday wish list this year!

    We had a fairly quiet weekend getting odd jobs done at home. Josh gave the grass its first cut of the year (it did take a good four hours though!!). I filled the house with lots of spring blooms. Bright yellow daffodils and pastel tulips are my favourites. I even got chance to make mini egg rice crispy cakes which were demolished waaaay too quickly! Oops. I’m going to tweak the recipe slightly and then I’ll share it soon. My Mum informed me there was a shortage of mini eggs at her local Tesco so I sent Josh out to stock up as I am making two huge vanilla mini egg cheesecakes for over the Easter Weekend. It’s taking a lot of willpower to not scoff them all in the meantime 😉

    While Josh cracked on with cutting the grass, Bella and I headed to the park with my sister and niece for some fresh air. I’m really starting to crave the warmer weather now, I’ve always been an Autumn/Winter girl at heart but with having a toddler who wants to spend her life outside its made me desperate for Spring and sunshine so that we can spend more time outside exploring. I just want to dust off my sandals and be able to ditch our coats and feel the warm sun beating down on my skin. I can’t wait for BBQs, trips to the beach and lots of picnics at all our favourite spots this year. C’moooon Sunshine, we’re so ready for you!!











    Linking up with Katie to share #TheOrdinaryMoments
    Thanks for reading,
    Harriet xo

  • InFamily

    The Ordinary Moments ’16 #9 | Just The Two Of Us

    Despite the fact I have Wednesdays and Fridays off from my office job to spend with Bella, because I also care for my Dad on those days it doesn’t often leave us with much time just the two of us. Most weeks we’ll also have some other plans in the diary too like seeing my sister and niece or catching up with friends. Which as lovely as that is, I felt we needed some alone time. So this week I made sure to keep Wednesday afternoon clear so we could spend some quality time just us.

    I had planned to take Bella out for cake and to see the animals at our favourite garden centre but typically she fell asleep in the car so I headed home instead to let her sleep for a little while. We then played at home for a bit as she managed to find the princess dress we had bought her as an Easter treat (at the bottom of the stairs wasn’t Daddy’s best hiding place!!!) and she was so excited to put it on I didn’t have the heart to say no. She looked so sweet in it, despite the fact that the hoop in the skirt kept tripping her over 😉

    After the little madam was finished dancing and twirling around the living room to Disney songs on YouTube I asked her what she’d like to do for the rest of the afternoon and she chose to go to the swings so that is exactly what we did. Despite the bright sunshine and beautiful blue skies it was still bitterly cold but that didn’t stop us having a lovely time. I loved watching Bella excitedly run between the different pieces of equipment at the park and hearing her infectious giggle as I pushed her on the swings. She was having such a great time she really didn’t want to leave, despite her lips starting to turn blue!!

    We both had such fun together and I’m going to make a conscious effort to set aside a whole morning or afternoon once a week to do something just the two of us. An activity that Bella will really enjoy and I can give her my undivided attention. It’s these Ordinary Moments that I cherish the most and sometimes wish we had more time for, but it makes me appreciate them so much more because it isn’t something we get to do every day. It won’t always be just the two of us, hopefully at some point we’ll be able to give Bella a sibling, so I want to ensure we make the most of our time together as a two and make some super special memories we can both treasure.



    Linking up with Katie over at Mummy Daddy Me for #TheOrdinaryMoments

    Thanks for reading
    Harriet xo

  • InFamily

    The Ordinary Moments ’16 #8 | Letting Our Hair Down

    It’s been a hectic week in the Lee household. I worked an extra day in the office this week to try and make up some of the time I missed at work last week while Bella was unwell and I really missed my usual Wednesday at home with my little love.

    Josh has been super busy with work and I don’t think he’s gone to bed before 1am once this week. By the time Friday evening came around we were all shattered and so ready for the weekend!

    Our Saturday was spent in the kitchen baking and decorating a cake for my/our best friend Ellen’s leaving party as she is off on her travels at the end of the week and will be gone for a few months. I have baked a lot of cakes in my time, but never have I been brave enough to work with roll out icing, I’m more of a frosting kinda gal. But needs must, so we gave it a bash. Now, let me tell you, it’s SO much harder than it looks. Luckily for me my husband is a man of many talents and he got to grips with it much better than I did and between us we managed to pull it off. I was quite pleased with the outcome, I would say ‘we’ but Josh is a complete perfectionist and was convinced it looked rubbish 😉

    We enjoyed a lovely child free evening giving our bestie the send off she deserved. After a few too many drinks (or Mum Drunk as my friends like to call it!) at the party, we even ended up in town, which I had been adamant would not be happening. Alas, we had fun, and bumped into everyone we knew… Including Bella’s ballet teacher, who I didn’t even recognise at first! Total criiiiinge. Am I now that Mum!?

    It was really nice to let our hair down after a long week and actually act our age for once. Although it definitely won’t become a regular thing, hangovers with a toddler in tow? Yeah… not much fun! Although they do say Sunday’s are for snuggling, which is exactly what we did. 😉

    Here’s a few of my favourite (and a few blurry!) iPhone snaps from our Ordinary week and our not so Ordinary weekend.



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    Thanks for reading
    Harriet xo 

  • InFamily

    The Ordinary Moments ’16 #6 & #7 | Fresh Air Is The Only Cure

    Firstly, I’m sorry I never got around to posting last weeks Ordinary Moments post but for the majority of this week Bella and I have been cooped up at home as she’s had Conjunctivitis. Which let me tell you, is no fun at all, especially when your two year old wakes up numerous times through the night wailing because her poor puffy little eyes are stuck together. Seriously gross and so so sad.

    So this week I have been playing nurse, which if i’m honest, is much harder than I thought. The terrible two’s are in full swing on a normal day, let alone when she’s feeling under the weather. Some serious patience has been needed. I suppose I’m just not used to staying at home all week as Bella and I are normally quite busy on my two days off during the week, we’ve both definitely been feeling a little stir crazy. We’ve tried our best to keep busy at home though and make the most of our time together just the two of us, we’ve done painting, played with play doh a million times and we’ve even baked on three separate occasions. It feels like Frozen has been on repeat but it does mean we’ve enjoyed plenty of sofa snuggles together.

    By Thursday however, I had to get out the house, we all needed some fresh air. I’m sure even the poor dog was craving it too. There is only so many times you can tolerate a two year old shoving food in your face and bringing you toys and insisting you ‘PLAAAY RUUUBBYYY’. Sorry pooch, it’s just because she loves you, honest. 

    Despite a frosty start, the sun was shining on Thursday and it was perfect weather for a dog walk. We headed to beautiful Bewl Water with my sister and niece to blow away the cobwebs. The views are absolutely gorgeous as you walk around the water and it’s always so lovely and peaceful there, definitely the perfect place to clear your head. It’s one of my favourite spots to walk the dog and the glorious sunshine made me so excited for Spring to arrive and for lots of walks here when it’s a bit less muddy 😉

    A walk was exactly what Bella needed, she was just so happy giggling away as she ran after the dogs and splashed around in the many muddy puddles. Sometimes fresh air really is the only cure and we’re very lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the country, with so many gorgeous spots right on our doorstep.

    Here’s a few of my favourite snaps from our walk.













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    Thanks so much for reading
    Harriet xo

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