Mini Moments: Holiday Smiles

Boy on beach in Oman

It’s been very quiet here on the blog for a while. Juggling Christmas preparations and a hectic job in December meant that blogging has taken a back seat and I make no apologies for that. Sometimes living life has to take priority over trying to reflect it online.

We were lucky enough to go away over Christmas to visit my parents in Oman in the Middle East and we had an amazing time. They’ll soon be retiring after living there for 18 years so it was bittersweet saying goodbye to such a wonderful and fascinating country. Luckily the Little Guy enjoyed himself, was totally spoilt by his grandparents and managed to get over his initial reluctance to go swimming and was happily splashing around in the big pool with armbands by the end.

Now I think I might finally be on top of the post-holiday washing and unpacking, so I’m just about ready to focus on 2016. Probably with every other blogger in the land, my resolutions for the year involve trying to post more and finally writing up all the ideas I’ve been meaning to publish since last year.

Hopefully that means lots of useful posts for other mums coming soon.

Mini Moments: Brighton Pier

Boy looking at Brighton Pier

I love this as it captures the brief moment when my son stopped at the beginning of Brighton Pier, shouted ‘wow’ at the sea and the pier and took off at a run in excitement.

He loves Brighton Pier & it’s a brilliant way to tire out a toddler. Just running up and down  is exciting when the sea is swirling around beneath the wooden floor planks. Then there’s the amusement arcade – full of music, flashing lights and buttons to press. And when the sun is shining you can’t beat sitting outside on the pier eating fish and chips.

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boy playing with toy cars, trains and airplanes on sofa

Mini Moments: Lining up the toys

boy playing with toy cars, trains and airplanes on sofa It’s often the small, ordinary moments that catch my breath. And as I’m writing this, it almost feels too cheesy to say that it’s because a surge of love takes over and almost floors you for a second – but it’s true. It’s so easy to get bogged down in making sure they are dressed, fed, entertained and behaving while also juggling a job, relationship, vague attempts at cleaning and trying to stay in touch with friends. Then, there’ll be a little moment when they are doing something quite ordinary and you’ll just want to stop time, remember that moment and try to keep hold of that feeling that they are amazing and you’re doing OK and you wish they’d stop bloody growing up so damn fast.

I decided I wanted to try to capture those times – not with perfect photography (my ancient iPhone prevents that anyway, yes I know #FirstWorldProblems etc) – but with a snapshot of ordinary things that the Little One does that I want to grab hold of briefly as I know these moments will pass too quickly. So I will attempt to make this a regular feature.

At the moment with the Little One it’s all about vehicles: cars, trains, trucks, helicopters but mostly airplanes which are the current obsession. They all get lined up on the sofa each day and regularly fly across to the other sofa to be lined up again along with a babbling, running commentary, which I’m sure makes perfect sense in his little head but is so far unintelligible to us. And somehow it is all the more adorable because of that.

Running in Lavender