I am a firm believer in taking each day like it’s your last. I am not saying I don’t forget to do this now and again but I like to think most days, I keep this in mind. Why? Well, for one thing you tend to tell the people around you how much you love them or give them that extra hug just in case. I never part from friends or family without telling them how much they mean to me in some way and hugging them goodbye. Every holiday, I try to make each moment count, grateful for the time we get to have away from home, making memories together. While our lives get busy and schedules get hectic, I like to think I stop at least once a day and appreciate the small things too. From the kids helping with laundry chores to playing a family card game, these ordinary moments make up our life but they also make up our memories too. I want my kids to look back at their childhood and be able to read about those very everyday moments here. Recall them and relive them again and again, being reminded of their lovely childhood and hopefully happy memories.
When I first started blogging when MM was just four weeks old, I wanted to document the big milestones and have a way to share them with family and friends back home. I wanted to have these documented to look back on when I was older and maybe started to forget them too. The longer I blog the more I realized actually I want to remember the little moments too. I probably will always remember a big birthday or family holiday we take together but what about making pancakes on a Sunday morning together? What about painting canvases, dancing around the kitchen with the kids, family walks in the park on the weekends? These are the small moments that tend to slip our memories as we age and yet probably when we spent the most quality time together with our loved ones.
I joined in with Katie’s #ordinarymoments linky for a long time and I loved how much it motivated me to capture the everyday stuff too. Somewhere in the last year, I got side tracked on what I wanted to share and document for my little family here. I wanted to start this year getting back to writing them letters, capture them as individuals and sharing our everyday stuff that makes up our family life.
My two can be very loving and affectionate when they want to be. There isn’t a day they don’t want numerous kisses and hugs from me, daddy and even each other. They don’t ever go to bed without kissing and hugging everyone in the house and help tuck each other in at night. It’s during our playtimes they actually have taught me to stop and show or tell them how much I love them because they do that to me. We can be playing a card game and one of them will lean over and say, “I love you Mommy” or “Today is my favorite day”. Their little comments always coming from them when we are doing something simple together. I learn so much from them each and every day.
We have a little tradition that we call a trio kiss. My son actually started it. I was kissing my littlest one day and we took a photo doing it and right before the shutter went off he ran up and joined in our kissing photo. From then on he has randomly asked for “trio kisses” when we are out walking about or stop to have a cuddle. The kids think it’s absolutely hilarious and end in fits of laughter afterwards every time. It’s little things like this that I want to document and never forget.
We like our everyday stuff to count as much as our big milestone celebrations so this year we are back to share our #ordinarymoments with you all and hope you will enjoy them once again too. Let’s remind ourselves it’s not how much we do or how busy we make ourselves, it’s how much quality time is spent with the ones we love the most in life.