PointShoot Post #9: Hanging Out At Home

In keeping with the spirit of mindfulness taking part in Catie’s Point Shoot linky  (Diary of an Imperfect Mum) gives me an opportunity to practice adopting a ‘gratitude attitude’.
Remembering, through quick snaps taken on my phone, the things I may otherwise take for granted in my busy life, if I didn’t take a moment to stop.
It’s a chance to consider those family moments that may otherwise get lost in the fast pace of everyday life.  The photos generally aren’t posed so don’t interrupt the ebb and flow of the day.  Instead they are a record of those tender and special moments that regularly occur, between all the tears and tantrums, but can all too easily be missed.
Hopefully these posts may spur others on to keep a ‘gratitude log’ or something similar too.
It’s about seeing the extraordinary in the ordinary.

My  last ‘Point Shoot’ post was about our recent holiday in Suffolk.  It’s safe to say that was a real high point of our summer holidays and that since then we’ve had some good days and some more challenging days.  I don’t know about you guys but we’re definitely reaching a point where we may all be needing the structure of term-time once more (remind me of this comment when we hit the middle of September and I’m moaning about all my marking and also the school run too).  The girls have just moved from their cots to beds and this has definitely been a little unsettling as well.  We’re all even more sleep deprived than usual!

So it seemed that this Bank Holiday weekend we needed to slow down a little and just ‘hang out’ at home.  These words can sometimes send chills down my spine as often they are my hardest parenting times.  Don’t get me wrong there were some tricky moments this weekend.  However, there were also some moments to be mindful and appreciative of too.

The highlights:

  • Yay – the sunshine returned!  This meant we have been able to spend time enjoying our garden.  Twin 2 and the eldest have especially enjoyed having the paddling pool and sprinkler out and moved the slide themselves today so they could have their very own splash park!

playing in the sprinkler in the back garden

  • We arrived early and en masse to the eldest’s swimming lesson on Saturday  so were able to spend some time in the parkland around the leisure centre.  All three of the children found some dandelion ‘clocks’ to play with.  The twins are playing more and more together and were pretending to take each other to school the other day too.

toddler twin girls blowing dandelion 'clocks'

  • Twin 2 was poorly yesterday afternoon so it meant we were home alone together while the others went to a friend’s BBQ.  Though it was a great shame to miss catching up with our friends who are fabulous hosts it was lovely having one-to-one time with twin 2 – something which is very rare indeed.  We read books and didn’t have to negotiate with anyone else what book we were having and had lots of snuggles on the sofa in between some sicky moments.
  • Our eldest often finds it difficult to ‘entertain himself’ and so it was lovely to see him doing some bug hunting in the garden.  He found a slug to watch for a while!  He also devoured an Enid Blyton book from the ‘adventure’ series this weekend.  This was the first of this series he has read and it’s great that he enjoyed it as we’ve pretty much finished the ‘Famous Five’ and ‘Secret Seven’ books now.  He’s a bit like me, always needing to have a book on the go so it’s a relief that we’ve found these to get us through the last week or so of the summer break!

at home 2 aug 2017

What were your ‘mindful moments’ this August Bank Holiday weekend?

I hope you had fun and I’d love to hear about them.




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  1. August 29, 2017 / 6:21 pm

    You have taken some wonderful photos, there is something magical about black and white prints#pointshoot@_karendennis

  2. August 29, 2017 / 8:15 pm

    How cute that the twins were pretending to take each other to school. I know what you mean about being ready for the term. We all need some structure. Thank you for linking up to #PointShoot 📸

  3. August 31, 2017 / 9:04 pm

    Sounds like you had your hands full! The twos are too cute. It’s so heartwarming when siblings finally interact and play well together… long may it continue! #PointShoot

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