It is Friday here and I cant believe half term will already be over come Tuesday. I will be honest on the last day of term I was slightly apprehensive to start half term wondering how I would fill the days with fun activities and slightly worried about my own energy levels with two very energetic children. But we made it. And actually it has been one of the best half terms I have had with the two of them.
We spent a few days at home, I had a little work to do and they were as good as gold for me. Both understanding once I had done my work I was free and all theirs for the rest of the day. I do love this new chapter, their ages in many ways a little more challenging when it comes to pushing boundaries and me having to be more open and really appreciating they are their own little people now. I always say it but it is true, they are not specifically challenging it is me just adjusting to the new season the older they both get. But this age, the season we are in now with both of them is so rewarding it brings tears to my eyes. Real tears. Tears from the struggles and tears from the easiness and the joy they bring both me and their dad every single day. We love them so much and not anything would ever change that. Not one thing. It is so true what they say, that parenting becomes more rewarding as they grow older. Of course it is what you put into your relationship with your little ones that you will get out of it.
I wanted to take a minute to remember some of the things we have got up to this half term so I did a little collage:
1. The children helped me with my Valentine’s post for my blog | 2. We were waiting outside our house to meet our friends for a walk to the park | 3. Archie enjoying some more cake I had been sent! | 4. Archie building, he always has to put his chairs and table on my sofa. | 5. Sophia trying some of the Valentines cake. | 6. Sophia waiting for her swimming lesson to start, Archie was in for his. | 7. A lovely gift I was sent by a friend online | 8. I love this picture, we were waiting outside Costco for our friends and Sophia and Archie decided to bundle him! They found this very amusing. I love Daniel’s amused face. | 9. The children watching a few minutes of the pets film in Ikea. | 10. Archie feeding me some Valentines cake!
“The greatest influence you can have in any situation is to be the presence of love” – Robert Holden
I wake up every morning and my aim is to make their day as happy as I can. My focus is my children and my husband in every aspect of my life. But, with a big but, I am only able to be this woman because of Daniel. I am only able to give as much as I can because he allows me the space and he supports my space and gives me moments to do what I love. To create, to read, to sit quietly, to write and to see friends. He gives me space to be me just the way I am. And no one has ever done that for me before.
And I will always be grateful for that day nearly 9 years ago when I first met him while I was working in a bar. Albeit only for a few months but if I hadn’t have taken that job for the extra money I would never have met him. It wasn’t your typical romantic meeting, actually we ended the evening on not so great terms. But he pursued me and when we finally met again and I was no longer with my then boyfriend I was taken away by him. He is still just as funny and cheeky as when I first met him. Although no one but his close friends and me see that side to him. He sure does know how to make you laugh. And even to this day nearly 5 years into our marriage he will always focus on the bright side of life.
A memory that just came to my mind, when we are at our wits end with life in general he just laughs, he laughs always and then I laugh and everything is so lighthearted and we carry on, with a smile. I have him and he has me. And I look at the two children we created together and I look at how far we have come and I will always be thankful that we are here, and we made it. Together. And we continue to make it. It always works because we both want it to and because I couldn’t be more blessed to have a man who loves me so deeply I seriously wonder how I ever deserved him. Its in the small things, he compliments me on so many things daily, he will occasionally bring me flowers, maybe twice a year if I am lucky but still that means a lot to me. When we are out and about on our own or with the children, he will pull me in closer for a cuddle or grab my hand. Romance is definitely not dead my friends. He doesn’t realise but in those small gestures he gives me so much. Of course happiness starts from yourself first but it genuinely makes life a little less bumpy and that much more enjoyable with someone like him around. I think everyone deserves a little Daniel in their life.
Half term has been just lovely and I will be both joyous and sad to see the kiddies return to school and preschool. I do love routine me. But it was very nice to have a relaxed and unplanned week with no routines. We all need those sometimes. But like always we will all do our very best everyday to be happy, and healthy and be the team that we are. I love my little team. Each of them bring something so lovely to our family and they make it complete.
I will leave you with this beautiful quote that I love so much:
“By doing what you love you inspire and awaken the hearts in others”
Happy happy weekend friends.