Since stepping down from my linky, Whatever The Weather, a couple of months ago, I haven’t really posted anything much about my life or family, yet we actually have a really fun and beautiful life.
We are so lucky, and so grateful to live in an absolutely gorgeous spot.
I’ve been so busy with work lately, I’ve actually forgotten to take my camera about with me. But, everyday we try and get outside; have a nice lunch somewhere, grab a catch up coffee (or prosecco) with friends, or go on a beautiful walk.
I miss capturing family life and I miss Life Unexpected being a space where I can come and look back on our memories.
So in amongst the general, everyday blog posts, we’re now going to be writing a weekly post all about our ‘Ordinary Moments’.
THE ORDINARY MOMENTS #1 – BEACH DAYS
My favourite days at the moment are the ones spent on the beach. We always try and get down for a couple of hours in the morning, really early before all of the tourists arrive. Or if we’ve missed our slot, we head down in the afternoons when it’s still warm and everyone is just about leaving.
I love watching Evie explore the sand and scream in delight as she runs away from the approaching waves.
She is so at home on the beach and as soon as her toes set foot on the sand she just seems to relax. I think I do too.
I hate the colder and rainy summer days. Life just seems so much easier when we can sit on the sand and play, with the warmth of the sun on our backs and the sounds of the sea crashing against the shore.
I constantly marvel at how grown up Evie is becoming and how fast. She is very social and extremely independent. It’s so easy to forget she’s 2 and 1/4 and not 4 years old sometimes.
She knows exactly what she wants and walks around with so much confidence. She is determined and stubborn and I have absolutely no worries about the person she is growing up to be.
I think taking her to different places, every day since she was a baby has helped. She’s really not afraid of exploring new environments and finds it so easy to make friends or to interact with others of all ages.
In fact, she craves the attention from strangers and seeks out conversations by showing off or joining in with what they are saying.
I also love seeing her at the age, where she now loves playing with others. She shares toys (well almost) and automatically goes over to children of all ages to play with them on the beach.
We love going to the beach with her friend Oliver. They’re at the same age and it’s so cute watching them bury each other in the sand, play with balls, attempt to build (but mostly knock down) sandcastles and run in the sea together.
There is something so special about watching a child grow. Hearing new words everyday, realising that they’re forming sentence structures, and seeing that they can now communicate exactly what they want without just crying.
Evie knows what she wants to do everyday. She walks around our home beach like she owns the place. Her dad is a chef in the beach restaurant and she strides up to the back door every time we are there and asks for a strawberry or to go and see the chefs.
I love seeing her relationships grow with the locals and I know that she is so safe roaming around and that there are always eyes on her.
These days are precious. I’m all too aware of how fast the last two years have gone and how it won’t be long till she’ll be wearing a school uniform and heading off for her first day.
For now, I will be enjoying our everyday. I will be making the most of the sunny days building sandcastles and chasing seagulls away from our food.
I’ll be embracing the ice cold shallows of the sea, just to see the smile on Evie’s face as she runs in and out of the waves, as they chase her up the beach.
Life Unexpected also has a jam packed calendar for the next month and I’m really grateful for all the amazing and exciting collaborations that I’ve got coming up with my blog.
Our new blog slogan is ‘balancing business, blogging and babies’. We really do seem to be attempting to do just that.
But it’s in that balance that I need to remember where this blog came from. I need to remember that it was built on our family memories and I need to remember to take the time out to capture these moments with Evie, before she grows up even more.
What are your favourite ordinary moments? Do you have a favourite spot to enjoy your family? What do you think of our ordinary moments? Let us know in the comments below.