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 hanging out at home. This post is about hanging out at Grandma and Grandad’s house a few weeks ago.
- The journey up north! I was so proud of how the kids handled the long trip up north – nearly 5 and a half hours in the car. There was lots of animal and hay bail spotting (‘barbies’ are sheep to twin 2 and we saw lots of these!). It is rural Lincolnshire after all :-). We chatted and were on a high after watching the eldest in a performance at the end of his dance and drama summer school where he’s won a prize for the week. We sang nursery rhymes too as well as some screen time being had too.
- Lunch at a country pub with extended family. Thanks to Mum and Dad for helping to keep the kids amused so that the lunch went smoothly. The children loved that we drove through a ford to get to the Pub as well.
- Swimming with my sister and her daughter on the Sunday morning. Twin 2 loved wooshing down the water slide whilst our eldest had fun playing with his cousin and a new friend in the ‘big pool’.
- Playing in my Mum and Dad’s garden. Our kids love the rockery and little ‘stream’ that they play around and were very excited to find a frog on this visit. I love spending a few minutes sitting in Mum and Dad’s conservatory watching the children pottering together there.
What are your recent ‘mindful moments’?
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