It’s always nice to have a special link to the important moments in life. Like the lyrics to a song reminding you of a date, or the way the weather turns cold and reminds you a lingering feeling…
Well… if you follow me on social media you may have noticed that my Mr and I recently celebrated our TENTH wedding anniversary. You could also have spotted that we were *rather* dressed up for the occasion.
There are MANY things that I love about our new home, but the way we have adapted to sitting around the table to eat our evening meals is by far one of my favourites.
In our old house we had a separate dining room with a plush, six seater John Lewis dining set. We barely used it, and instead opted for walking through the dining room and eating our food from a tray on our lap in front of the television.
This was bad habit that I didn’t like and decided that needed to change when we moved. A change that has been for the best for all of us… well most of the time.
You see – there is a problem with everyone sitting around the table at a set time to eat our meal together. There needs to be a MEAL ON THE TABLE. Read more
I usually spend my Thursday nights as a golf widow – but don’t pity me. I revel in it. I spend a few hours after Little Miss has gone to bed in front of the TV watching whatever I like, usually with food items that are *not* Slimming World friendly drifting in and out of social media.
But Thursday last week? Well… This Cinderella was given the night off to hot foot it down to Manchester Town (thats a thing right?!) and meet my RLBFF Polkadot Pink for a grown up coffee at Pot Kettle Black before we ventured just down the road to RUSH Hair and Beauty for an evening of treats.
Greeted by the lovely ladies from Tank PR, I felt like a princess from the start. Everything was so clean and sleek and brand new… And they had air conditioning (always a massive plus for me in a hairdressers).
So with fizz in hand (well, opening a new Northern Flagship is a MASSIVE celebration, non?) I went to investigate further. I sat down with a stylist (and some canapes) to ask what really makes a good haircut? Read more
Because, my love, sometimes it isn’t about
How fast or tall
How loud or sweet the shout
Happy moments can too be made of bare faces
And no spare spaces
A messy draining board, as full as my heart
A crooked photo
Just ordinary us
Faced with life without you? I’m not sure where I’d start
Words, when stringed together don’t always make sense. But when I look at this photo that my husband took of me and our daughter when we were just having an ordinary afternoon of baking (or ‘making’ as she calls it) the words above make perfect sense. We didn’t know the button was being pressed or that the moment was being captured.
We were being us. As we are. Happy and together.
As a guilt ridden working mum, I spend way too much money compensating for the time I missed with magazines and babychinos.
I need to remember that it doesn’t cost anything for me to show my Little Miss how much love I have for her in my heart. A few handfuls of flour and teaching her how to cut shapes out of simple dough is all it took. We kept cutting and cutting until the table was full of biscuits ready to be baked.
“Are they cooked now Mama?”
She doesn’t care that I have a bare face. I don’t care that everything she says is at ten decibels. It isn’t until it is time to go back to work that I realise how much I appreciate these ordinary moments. How much I appreciate the miracle that is my child, and how much I appreciate the man behind the camera capturing the moment.