The Woods – The Ordinary Moments

I love that I still live in the same small town I was born in at the local hospital and have spent my whole life. For most it sounds awful but to me it’s perfect. The town isn’t very big and I live very close to my family home which my parents purchased the plot and watch it be built, about 45 seconds in the car to be honest!!) C goes to the same school I did and we visit so many places I went as a child. My childhood was filled with such happy wonderful memories I would just love for my children to get to experience the same.

One of my favourite places that I spent a huge chunk of my childhood was Bluebell Woods (how original!) The woods are a short walk up a country lane and they back onto where Mom is; it is an incredibly beautiful and special place for us all as a family.

Our Wednesday toddler group has moved locations so we are now unable to attend so when Wednesday afternoon came I decided on a whim to take a walk in the woods in the beautiful sunshine we’ve been having. It was as I took this photo I had a very sad thought:

I felt like I’ve wasted so much time with my girls. Afternoons sat watching the tv or sorting out laundry, not appreciated how quickly the time is slipping away. It was a bizarre feeling to feel guilty that you haven’t made the most of being a stay at home parent. Such a simple thing like walking round the woods that are on our doorstep, made everyone feel so much happier and that we really had done something with our day. We were only there about 45 minutes but the girls were running and having such a wonderful time. Their behaviour too was so much better as they seemed stimulated.

Next to where you park, there are sheep with baby lambs in the field and also four small ponies are stabled there and are the friendliest little things. For almost three year olds, this place must be heaven!

You take so much for granted. This is all literally round the corner and it’s such a simple thing to do but it was such a lovely way to fill a bit of time where everyone at home was starting to get bored.

On Thursday I came home to this letter which solidified what I was feeling

Nursery is round the corner. Come September every afternoon they will be off doing this own thing and when you think; they will be starting school next year. That makes my heart sink.

I really need to up my game and cherish this time and realise it’s really not about the big moments – the ordinary every day moments really do provide the most joy.

B xx

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  1. 8th May 2016 / 6:30 am

    How lovely to have this on your doorstep, beautiful pictures of your girls. I did the same on Thursday afternoon, I had planned to stay in and get jobs done. But just decided that we would head out and it really did make a difference to how we all felt. Lets hope this gorgeous weather hangs around and we can have more x

  2. Hanna
    8th May 2016 / 8:45 am

    Beautiful photos looks like great fun in the woods. Congratulations of the nursery place it’s always a huge relief. xx

  3. 8th May 2016 / 9:51 am

    I think it is sweet that you live in the town where you grew up. We moved a few times when I was growing up, and I always wished I had one childhood home. I know what you mean about time going quickly. My boy is starting school in September, and I don’t know where the time has gone!

  4. 8th May 2016 / 10:05 am

    I wish I lived closer to my parents. They’re only about half hour away but 45 seconds sounds so good 🙂 I’ve never been to a bluebell field before. I think I need to. Your pics of it are really lovely!

  5. 8th May 2016 / 6:21 pm

    Such gorgeous photos of your little ones and the woods look lovely. I can completely relate to what you are saying about living in the same place your whole life. While I have actually moved around a lot, living away from home for almost six years, we moved back to my home town about six years ago and I love that I am so close to my family and also all my childhood memories. My girls and boy were also born in the same hospital that I was born in- I find that so special. xx

  6. 8th May 2016 / 7:12 pm

    We always experience mum guilt don’t we? Guilt for working too much, guilt for not making the most of the day when you’r a stay at home mum, or guilt for giving them the iPad for ten minutes peace and quiet. At the end of the day what matters is that they are happy and you are happy, that’s the conclusion I’ve come to anyhow – I work full time and struggle with the balance at times, but my little girl is so happy. I love bluebell woods – these photos are stunning x

  7. 8th May 2016 / 7:20 pm

    Oh how lovely to have such a pretty spot on your doorstep, it sounds like four year old heaven what with woods and puddles and lambs AND ponies! Don’t beat yourself up though, I seriously doubt your time at home has been wasted and now we have a lovely long summer to look forward to outside 🙂

  8. 12th May 2016 / 10:28 am

    Such beautiful photo’s lovely, your gorgeous girls look they had a fantastic time. I completely get where you are coming from, I looked back over my blog this week and I was actually quite upset by the lack of family memories there. The luxury of being able to just go out as and when you want, nowhere exciting but just to have some family fun. My second starts school in September and I think it is all hitting me a little bit. This time last year I knew how much Hayden needed school but this year I am a lot more sad about the fact he wont be around through the day. Although I am quite looking forward to Kinley getting some quality mummy time! I would love to have somewhere so beautiful on my doorstep, but like you I probably wouldn’t have taken advantage of it as much as I should have. Keep your chin up lady, you have 2 beautiful happy girls there xx

  9. Iris Tilley
    1st August 2016 / 7:27 am

    There’s some lovely photos and the place looks nice for a great day out

  10. Laura Harrison
    17th August 2016 / 7:29 pm

    Beautiful photos, looks like they had good fun in the woods xxx

  11. Louise Crocker
    9th April 2017 / 7:59 am

    It’s so true, ordinary moments are what they remember. I know what you mean, time slips you by and you ask yourself have I done enough, I think every parent feels the same way.