PointShoot Post #17: Flaine 2018

In keeping with the spirit of mindfulness, linking up with the lovely Catie’s (aka Spectrum Mum) Point Shoot linky 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.  Or miss altogether, 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 a bit of 1 – 2 – 1 time in the capital with the eldest.  This one is a record of our Easter skiing holiday.  It’s no secret that I love skiing and how it can help me to be mindful but I’m also willing to admit it can be a challenging holiday with little ones.  Even more reason to keep a gratitude log then!

Day 1:
  • Sunshine on my face during our picnic lunch
  • Laughing together playing ‘Guess Who’ in the car
  • Seeing a full rainbow while swimming in the stop-over hotel pool (I have never seen a whole rainbow arc before – it was breathtaking)
  • A Kir royale (much needed after a long drive)
  • A full, bright moon on a clear night seen as a family as we walked back to the hotel room from the restaurant
Day 2:
  • Waking up after a surprisingly good night’s sleep in a family hotel room
  • Seeing ALL the snow as we drove up the mountain!
  • My Mother-In-Law had kindly prepping a meal for us for when we arrived in the ski resort
Day 3:
  • Having fun spending some time teaching twin 2 to ski in the morning
  • A beautiful sunny afternoon
  • Our eldest’s joy after ski school had gone well and he had made a friend


snowy mountain view

Day 4:
  • A sunny morning skiing fast (after a hard morning getting two out of the three kids to ski school I had to remind myself it was worth it with a rare selfie)
  • My Mother-In-Law making lunch and tea and looking after twin 1 who didn’t want to ski


selfie on teh slopes of Flaine

  • Skiing down from the chairlift with the eldest and his grandfather in the afternoon
  • Watching twin 2 happy with the ski instructor doing snow plough after her first ski school session
  • Watching the kids cuddling up on the sofa watching Paddington in their pjs
Day 5:
  • The eldest saying he was excited about ski school before heading off in the morning (he did so well over-coming his nerves)
  • Enjoying the challenge of skiing hard and fast down Faust (a more challenging red run)
  • Hot chocolate

A hot choc drink with whipped cream

  • Seeing twin 2 ski down the whole of the nursery slope with her ski school group
  • The Ski Shop being very understanding about a ski mix-up!
Day 6:
  • Walking up the mountain to spend time with good friends – and observing twin 2’s determination to get there!

A little girl with ski ples walking in the snow

  • Tea with old family friends – all the children (despite a language barrier) playing beautifully together and the boys getting stuck into Lego together
  • Getting a lift back from our friends’ house on a snow mobile when it had begun to snow heavily and seeing the eldest’s smile when he started the motor
  • Date night (in) with the hubby
Day 7:
  • Playroom fun with the twins in the morning – building a ‘dog kennel’ with twin 1
  • Skiing with twin 2

Little girl going up a magic carpet ski lift

  • The hubby taking our big boy to go and ski some harder red runs in the afternoon
  • M-I-L babysitting so we could catch up with more old friends in the evening
Day 8:
  • A beautiful sunny day
  • Our eldest slowing down so his sister ‘won’ their skiing race


two children skiing


Dad filming children skiing

  • Skiing Tourmaline with the eldest in the afternoon and him showing me some ‘jumps’ too
  •  The eldest and twin 2 wearing their ski school badges with pride
  • The kids playing with new ‘ski school’ friends while we had a drink


Day 9:

  • A beautiful drive down the mountain
  • A fun family swim time at the stop-over hotel
  • A very relaxed evening meal in the hotel restaurant with good food, wine and company (oh and a French boy who allowed the girls to commandeer his Ipad to watch Peppa Pig episodes!)


Day 10:  

  • Watching the sunrise from my bed having a cuddle with twin 1

Skiing 2018 8

  • Watching twin 1 ‘read’ to herself on the balcony first thing


girl on balcony reading

  • A very clear motorway driving home through northern France


Hoping everyone had a very enjoyable Easter break whatever you were up to.






Bringing up Georgia





  1. April 10, 2018 / 7:51 pm

    I am so glad you had such a fabulous time. I love the idea of a lift on a snow mobile and aren’t kids amazing, language is never a barrier to them, we could learn a lot! Some amazing pictures but I particularly love the one of twin 2 walking up the mountain. Thank you for linking up to #pointshoot 📷

    • onamindfulmummymission
      April 10, 2018 / 8:54 pm

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment Catie. Yes we really can learn a lot from our children. xx

  2. April 14, 2018 / 8:34 am

    Gorgeous pics! Looks like you had a fab time x #thesatsesh

  3. April 14, 2018 / 7:21 pm

    Wow! I so love skiing and really missed it this year….we thought we should stay home and let the kids revise but heard the snow was like the best in 10 years! Amazing photos and it looks like your kids are learning quickly. #thesatsesh

    • onamindfulmummymission
      April 15, 2018 / 4:52 pm

      There certainly was lots of snow! Good call to put revision first though this season – they’ll be other years xx

  4. April 14, 2018 / 7:31 pm

    Thanks for sharing your gratitude log. Happiness breeds happiness and reading this made me happy! Lovely pictures too. #thesatsesh

    • onamindfulmummymission
      April 15, 2018 / 4:51 pm

      Awwww what a lovely comment – thank you. SO pleased it’s helped xx

  5. April 17, 2018 / 9:40 pm

    #thesatsesh ooo my, i just shed a mum tear and the ‘son slowing down so his sisters could win’ moment….what a darling. We are agreed on mindfulness but totes different when it comes to holidays – happy to take twin 1 to the Caribbean with us this summer, it seems she’s more my kinda chick.

    • onamindfulmummymission
      April 17, 2018 / 9:41 pm

      Ha ha ha ha – I think she would LOVE the Caribbean 😉 xx

  6. April 18, 2018 / 6:52 pm

    Wow, what a lovely trip! I am so happy for you all! #pointshoot #thesatsesh xoxo

    • onamindfulmummymission
      April 19, 2018 / 6:15 pm

      Thanks Lisa xx

  7. April 20, 2018 / 1:00 pm

    Seems like you had a lot of fun together on your skiing holiday! Lovely! xx #thesatsesh

  8. April 22, 2018 / 4:57 pm

    Sounds amazing. I’ve only ever been skiing once and that was many, many years ago! The scenery looks amazing and sounds like the kids had a great time. I keep meaning to make a point of noting things I am grateful for each day.

    • onamindfulmummymission
      April 23, 2018 / 8:55 pm

      Do – it’s very powerful xx

  9. April 26, 2018 / 2:08 pm

    Wow what a place. Stunning photos. This looks incredible. xx

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