Our Everyday

March 12, 2018

I’ve been thinking lately, as the weeks and months seem to be flying by, about our little mundane everyday life. Since the twins started at nursery our weekdays are governed by routine; everybody needs to be dressed by a certain time and eat at certain times. I know exactly when we all need to be out the door by and if I need to hurry them all along on the walk to school as we’ve left a few minutes too late. I have a few hours to myself every afternoon and it goes so quick that I could barely tell you what I do each day, before I know it I’m out the door to collect the boys.

Still, this is it, our everyday and it isn’t very exciting – it almost doesn’t seem worth writing about compared to our days out and holidays. However, there are hundreds of little things I remember from the last few months. The way that Lucas has always played his imaginary games while we walk to school and it shows no signs of stopping! The fact that everyday I have to remember who’s turn it is to open the door, press the button at the crossing, open the door when we get home. The twins just talk and talk the whole way there and back, sometimes they giggle away at each other and I have no clue what’s going on. Often I’ll have one on each side both trying to tell me something different. Arthur asks me questions about absolutely everything we see and Brandon always wants us to sing. All three of them point it out if they see something new and I’m trying to get better at stopping and taking it in – unless we really are running very late!

We stop and see the ducks and moorhens at the fishing pond daily, we see when new ones have arrived and watch the babies grow up. We’ve collected leaves and conkers, we’ve brought home sticks and gravel scuffed off driveways, we’ve scooped up snow and crunched across frosty grass, we’ve thrown twigs onto the frozen pond and now we are seeing the crocus’ and daffodils bloom.

It can be such a chore the school run, to do the same thing day after day, over and over but I’ve always loved that it gets us outside. I love that we take in the seasons changing and even when I moan about the weather it has always been something that I’m glad we do. It means I’ve always taken photos of them to and from school. More than I would do if we went by car. I have a little photo diary on my phone showing me how they’ve changed over the years; from that time four years ago when I first walked Lucas to nursery, all those runs in between with the twins in the buggy, to the ones when they started walking themselves and now the photos of all three of them running ahead. I don’t share them as much as I used to – they aren’t anything new and it’s the same background over and over. They are always there for me though even when they aren’t the prettiest shots. 

We are over half way though the school year now and it’s so strange to think I only have a few months left of this routine before it all changes again and the twins start full time school. Don’t get me wrong, it isn’t always perfect. Often I’ll have been fraught trying to get them all out the door or I’ll have other things on my mind, too many times I’ve been shouty mum. We’ve had all sorts of scrapes and bruises and bickering between them, I’ve had to tell them off for all manner of things and we’ve walked all the way home with one in tears more often than once. Still, I wonder how many photos all three of them will let me take as they get older and move up through the school years. I hope I have a few years yet, capturing our simple everyday life. These little moments are some of the very best ones to look back on.

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  • Notmyyearoff

    I love reading about your boys and I just can’t believe we’re already half way through the year….or that they’ll be starting school come September. How is that even possible? I am always worried I’ve become a shouty mum but I wonder if it’s from having boys that are full of energy that just never ever want to sit down? My two never stop and I I can’t seem to keep up sometimes!

    March 12, 2018 at 6:12 pm Reply
    • hayleyfromhome

      I’m so glad it isn’t just me – it isn’t even that they’re particularity naughty they just never stop! Also, if I didn’t shout they wouldn’t actually hear me! Time definitely seems to be speeding up, I can’t quite believe it’s only months off them starting school, it will be little E before you know it!

      March 13, 2018 at 9:16 am Reply
  • Lorraine

    Everybody says this Hayley ‘the time goes so fast’ but it really does. I remember our walks home from primary like they were yesterday and yet here’s Joe ready to finish 6th form! Enjoy your days. x

    March 12, 2018 at 9:39 pm Reply
    • hayleyfromhome

      It does feel like time has sped up all of a sudden, I can’t even imagine them in highschool never mind older than that! It must be odd to remember them so small then have this fully grown man in your house! xx

      March 13, 2018 at 9:17 am Reply
  • Gail Brown

    Such a lovely post Hayley, you’re right, so much of the best stuff in life is just the ordinary everyday. We live about a 25 minute walk from our school so instead of walking the whole way, most days we take the car part of the way and then walk the rest. Like you I love that time outside and just listening to them chatting. I think it brightens us all up for the day ahead aswell 🙂 xx

    March 14, 2018 at 11:36 am Reply
    • hayleyfromhome

      Thanks Gail. That’s such a good idea, we only have one car at the moment but I like to think that when we get another I’ll still walk to school. It’s so good to spend a little bit of time outdoors each day – definitely brightens up the day xx

      March 15, 2018 at 2:09 pm Reply
  • Jade @ Captured By Jade

    I absolutely love this post, Hayley… Something I have grown to know and understand is just how special and precious these everyday moments are, and as our children grow and reach different milestones we seem to hold on to them more.

    I quite agree; the little moments are some of the very best to look back on.

    March 14, 2018 at 2:55 pm Reply
    • hayleyfromhome

      Thanks Jade, I know as they grow up the milestones are a littler further apart so it’s nice to just take in the everyday and see the changes over the years. I love having all these photos to look back on!

      March 15, 2018 at 2:10 pm Reply
  • Kerry Jeffs

    What a lovely post. It has really made me think about how the rush to pre-school with the kids is really a special time to cherish. Thank you Hayley.
    I love the photo of the twins wearing their backpacks! so cute. x

    March 14, 2018 at 3:28 pm Reply
    • hayleyfromhome

      Thanks, they love their little backpacks!! Oh I have had more than a few days when I don’t cherish it but when I look back on the whole I remember the good bits – especially when we manage to do it without too much rush! xx

      March 15, 2018 at 2:13 pm Reply
  • Wendy

    This is the most adorable and sweet post! You are such a lucky mum to be able to walk with your children to school and the memories you are making for them ( and yourself ) will be worth every freezing or rushed feeling day! Happy walks 🙂

    March 15, 2018 at 12:20 pm Reply
    • hayleyfromhome

      Thank you, I’m so glad that I get to do the school run – I know I’m so lucky to get to do it! I think when they’re older I’ll have forgotten about all those time we were soaked through and freezing! 😉

      March 15, 2018 at 2:15 pm Reply

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