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.
Just lately, I am very aware of the fact that I haven’t been a great blogger. It’s not just my poor Life on Vista Street that I have been neglecting: My emails are mounting up by the day and I have a to do list as long as my arm.
And there in lie the joys of being a hobby blogger: there is no need to panic when life gets in the way. It just means that I’ll have more content when things calm down.
I just keep snapping away with my camera and sometimes am admittedly merrily distracted by box sets on Netflix and Bake Off (SIDE NOTE: Anyone else disappointed with the level of talent this year?! Few too many drama queens this year for me too). Read more
Oh how my slimming world plan has gone down the pan (again) over the past few weeks.
Another busy month, coupled with working away from home and copious amounts of snot (mainly from me and the small person) do not a clear mind make.
Truth be told – my weight loss has plateaued a little and after having three really spot on weeks and only losing a measly half a pound… yes, I know I said that every loss is great but COME ON… I’ve lost heart a little.
I’ve been reaching for all the the wrong foods and when I go back to class a week on Monday I know I will have done masses of damage. It happens to the best of us. The right thing to do is to get back on track immediately to protect your weight loss.
No dwelling, no guilt… Especially not for over a week. Oops…
One thing I find helps with this is a little secret weapon called Overnight Oats. A lady at work introduced the recipe to me before I’d even gone to my first Slimming World meeting. We tried it as a family and it became a fond work day breakfast favourite. Some jumbo oats, fresh fruit and fat free yogurt of any variety and you have got yourself an easy, tasty breakfast or snack that can be made WELL in advance. Overnight oats keep for 24 hours and are TASTY.
But don’t be fooled – your overnight oats needn’t be ‘over night’ all the time. They can be ready in as little as a few hours.
We moved from an old, mid terraced house that we had made into a comfortable home into a brand new house, with crisp white (none textured) walls, even floors and stacks of possibility.
My blog’s name originally derived from our previous address. I’m not *quite* silly enough to publish my actual address for the whole world to see: but I have always liked the word Vista… A long and pleasing view. Read more
Seeing as how both Mr Vista and I are Disney nuts, we’re a little late to the Finding Dory party…
Finding Nemo is one of Little Miss’s all time favourite movies. And although we have been toying with the idea of taking Little Miss to the cinema since Finding Dory premiered we haven’t quite made it. Read more