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  • InFamily

    The Ordinary Moments ’16 #21 & #22 | Decorating, Holiday Prep & A Very First Hair Cut

    It’s Sunday evening and I think this is the first time I have opened my Macbook in almost ten days! I fully intended to publish last weeks Ordinary Moments on time but the last couple of weeks have ended up a bit chaotic as we finally decided to decorate our spare bedroom just two weeks before our holiday. Why we do these things to ourselves I’ll never really know!! Alas, that has meant for the last week most of our evenings have consisted of painting and furniture up cycling but it’s finally finished and it was totally worth all those late nights. I’ll be sharing a separate post on our spare bedroom make over in the next week or so including some before and after photos!

    As well as decorating we’ve been trying to get ready for our holiday to Greece which is now just six days away. I’m pretty sure all this washing and ironing might just be the end of me… But this time next week I’ll be relaxing in the sunshine with a cocktail in hand and not a care in the world and my god, it cannot come quick enough! One of my favourite parts about holidays is the obligatory pampering that happens beforehand. Any excuse for a new hair do and fresh nails right?! Josh and I both had our hair done yesterday and after 18 months I have finally ditched my ombre locks and gone for a more subtle and much darker balayage instead. My sister so kindly informed me afterwards that she wasn’t keen on it before anyway! Charming, eh? She has such a way with words 😉 Anyway, I’m super pleased with my new do although I totally wish I could curl it myself as nicely as my lovely hairdresser Hati does!

    Bella also recently had her very first trip to the salon for her first haircut! (Cue silent sobs from Mama over here) I finally decided that her wild curls needed some taming so I took her along to Hati for a little trim. I asked for so little off that you can hardly even tell she’s had it cut at all but it definitely does look much tidier! Bella was very excited as we walked through town to the salon chatting away to me about how she was getting her haircut ‘like Elsa’ (obvssss) but as soon as we stepped through the door she went quiet as a mouse! I think her nerves kicked in but she was still as good as gold and sat ever so still on my lap with absolutely no fuss. Obviously we had to celebrate her first haircut with a slice of cake and a milkshake afterwards to mark the occasion.

    It’s been a busy couple of weeks and I imagine the next few days will pass by in a blur of washing, packing and no doubt re packing at least half a dozen times before we jet off on Saturday 😉 As always, here’s a few of my favourite photos from the last two weeks.

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    Harriet xo

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  • InFamily

    The Ordinary Moments ’16 #20 | A Quiet Weekend

    For the first time in what feels like months, we had a pretty low key weekend and it was definitely very welcome. Our day to day life can be pretty hectic and each week tends to whizz by in a bit of a blur and sometimes it feels like I can hardly catch my breath. Its actually been getting on top of me recently and I’ve been feeling a bit overwhelmed so a couple of quiet days to re-coop was exactly what I needed.

    Josh had to work for a few hours on Saturday morning so Bella and I did some baking and ran some errands in between a couple of absolutely hysterical meltdowns… her, not me 😉 When Daddy got home we took the dog for a stroll down the hill to the little park in our village as it’s just had some new swings installed and Bella was pretty keen to try them out. One of the the things I put on my Spring Bucket List was to explore our little village more and I already feel like we’ve made a good start on that one!

    Saturday evening was spent catching up with one of our friends enjoying Pizza from this amazing local wood fired pizza van we discovered recently. I had ham, mushroom and homemade pesto and it was absolutely divine!

    We had a fairly quiet morning pottering around at home on Sunday before heading out to a new farm shop and cafe that’s just opened near us for a spot of lunch and a browse. On the way home we stopped off at another park so Bella could run off some energy. Nothing makes my kid smile more than when she’s being pushed super high on a swing. I’ve said it before but I just love how the simplest things can bring her such joy.

    Bella has been so testing over the last week and I’m sure our neighbours probably think all she does is scream when we’re at home. Terrible twos are in full flow in this household and my god it’s exhausting! I noticed over this weekend that she is definitely happiest when spending time with both Mummy and Daddy. She really thrives on the days when we’re all together and she has our undivided attention. Which of course, makes me feel super guilty that we can’t all be together more but I think that our upcoming holiday is going to be so good for us all. When it’s just the two of us I’m sure she plays up more for Mama, which if I’m honest, can be pretty hard to swallow, especially when I’ve been really looking forward to spending my days off with her and then most of the day is spent trying to calm down a hysterical toddler. Sigh. I must remember that it’s just a phase right?!

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

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    Linking up with Katie to share #TheOrdinaryMoments
    Harriet xo

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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  😉

    Linking up with Katie to share #TheOrdinaryMoments
    Harriet xo

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  • InMama

    The Ordinary Moments ’16 #16 | Just Keep Running

    In the last two years I have tried on two separate occasions to get into running. Both times I started ‘couch to 5k’ and I failed miserably both times. As well as running I have also tried various exercise classes and home workout regimes in the last couple of years and I even had a gym membership for a few months not long after Bella was born. But I just never seem to stick at exercise for very long before I get bored and I eventually give up. And every time I really regret it and kick myself for giving up.

    However, since January I have been on a mission to get my body beach ready. I have been consistently going to two hour long exercise classes each week along with the odd home workout thrown in too. This is the longest I have ever stuck to any exercise regime and I am now the fittest I have been in years and I absolutely love the buzz I get after a great workout. So when I saw that there was a new Park Run starting fairly locally to me I decided I’d just bite the bullet and give running another go. The friend I go to classes with was up for it too so we registered online and printed off our bar codes and that was that.

    When we arrived for our first Park Run I actually felt physically sick with nerves. I think I had to talk myself out of making a mad dash back to the car at least half a dozen times! I think my main concern was that I wouldn’t actually be able to make it round the 5k track without either passing out or throwing up, after all I had never actually run as far as 5k before!

    Somehow, we did it, I did it. I ran 5k and my god it was hard and oh boy was I slow, but I did it. I didn’t pass out and I didn’t throw up. And that was all that mattered to me. That adrenaline pumping through your body as you cross the finish line is like no other and as soon I finished, I couldn’t wait to do it again the following week. That was until the ridiculously achey legs kicked in of course, I honestly could barely walk for three days!! 😉

    My first Park run was now four whole weeks ago. Since then, I have knocked over two minutes off my time and each week I can run just that little bit further and it feels just a little bit easier. Although it’s just once a week, I have definitely found a new love for running. Which is something I never ever thought I would say!

    Park run has very quickly become an Ordinary Moment for me every Saturday morning now and while I’m out running it means that Bella gets some quality time at home with her Daddy too which I think is so important for them both, especially as Josh works so much through the week. I absolutely love the sense of achievement I feel when I walk back through the door, knowing I have just done something that a few weeks back I honestly didn’t think I could actually do. I know 5k isn’t very far at all but I’m really excited to see my progress over the coming weeks and once it feels a bit more comfortable I’m hoping to try and go for a few runs myself and see if I can push myself to run a bit further too!


      

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    Harriet xo

     

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  • 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.

     

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

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  • InFamily

    The Ordinary Moments ’16 #13 | Our Easter Weekend

    I love Easter. Almost as much as I love Christmas. I mean, two bank holidays, copious amounts of chocolate and big family get togethers. What’s not to love?! We had a very lovely and relaxing Easter Weekend which was wonderful considering we decided to start toilet training Bella on Good Friday, so I was expecting it to be suuuuuper stressful!

    Good Friday ended up being a very productive day sorting out our garage and taking ALOT of stuff to the tip. We then went over to my in laws in the evening for the obligatory Good Friday Fish & Chips, which was totally deserved after surviving day one of toilet training 😉

    I was up and out the house super early on Saturday as I took part in my first ever 5km park run! Eeee! I’d love to say it was a breeze, but it really wasn’t haha. Although it can’t have been thaaat bad as I’m planning to make it a regular thing 😉 While I was dragging myself around the 5km track burning my fish and chips off, Josh and Bella popped to the supermarket to get some last minute bits for the long weekend. On Saturday afternoon we had friends over for a little Easter afternoon tea, we don’t all get the chance to get together as often as we’d like now we are all leading such different lives, so it’s always so nice when we do get to catch up! Bella absolutely adores all her surrogate ‘Aunties’.

    We kicked off our Easter Sunday with croissants for breakfast as a little treat and Bella spent some time playing with her bits and pieces from her Easter basket which she was SOOO excited about, it was the sweetest thing! We then hosted a roast dinner for my side of the family which was delicious. I made miniature mini egg cheesecakes and they were divine. I absolutely love entertaining but the aftermath in my kitchen, hmm not so much 😉

    On Monday we headed to the in laws for roast lamb with all of Josh’s family, I think there was 16 of us in total! After lunch and more mini egg cheesecake, we had a little easter egg hunt in the garden for the kiddies which Bella really enjoyed. I remember her toddling around last year looking very confused by it all but this year she took it very seriously, especially as she realised there was chocolate and sweeties involved!

    Celebrating holidays with little ones really is something special. Bella had the best few days with all our favourite people and didn’t stop smiling the whole time… Although I’m pretty sure she consumed enough chocolate to last her until next Easter though. So of course, that may have been why she was loving life so much 😉

    My heart is pretty full right now and I feel so so lucky to have my little family. I’m excited to see what the next year holds for us, maybe this was our last Easter as a three?

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    Thanks for reading,
    Harriet xo

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