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Life is beautiful, but it sure as hell gets muddled up with daily stresses and anxieties.

I've been feeling so tired of late (thanks to a gorgeous teething boy ;) that negativity and general blahness (totally a word ;) have been creeping in. Without realising it this mood of mine is stealing precious moments away from me. One day my boys are going to be fully grown and they are not going to want to hang off  around their dear old mum. Do I really want to look back at this time with regret?

Regretful that I wasn't in the moment, that I was too tired or too busy. Does it really matter if there are toys everywhere? Or that pasta has been served three nights in a row? Or that the laundry pile would have you believe that there are over a hundred people living in this house? None of these things are what really matters. I'm never going to look back on this time and think, woah Claire, you did really good with the laundry, well done you ;)

Granted I need to keep on top of these things to some degree for my own sanity, plus I really don't want anyone in this family turning into a penne pasta tube ;), but I will not let them lay so heavy on my tired mind that it zaps the enjoyment out of everyday life. 

So, I've decided to start a little weekly series on this old blog of mine, to celebrate the little moments in life. The moments that although may seem simple, are to me, some of the most beautiful.

I couldn't think of a better way to start this series off than with these pictures I took of Archie with his great grandparents. 


There aren't words big enough to describe what my nan and grandad mean to me, I cannot thank them enough for everything they have done for us and continue to do. My favourite childhood memories reside in the walls of their home. Memories of baking with my nan, building blanket forts on the washing line with my grandad, not to mention gardening, baking, knitting, dressing up (in all of my nan's amazing 60s and 70s clothes and shoes. I tell you it was a sad, sad, day when I outgrew my nan's shoes!)


It was under that roof I learnt to play cards and numerous other board games (they even indulged my love of Monopoly, now that is unconditionally love right there ;), the list really does go on. The happiest of childhood memories.




I know I hit the grandparent jackpot and I am so happy for Caleb and Archie that they have them in their lives. Seeing them together smiling and laughing, makes my heart burst with love. Simple moments, that are so beautiful that if you're fully present, they take your breath away. Moments that make this life what it's all about. 

The little BIG moments ♥

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  1. Awww this is beautiful Clare. My one big regret is my kids not getting to meet any of their great grandparents. xx

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    1. Oh thank you, honey. I am so aware what a gift great grandparents are to my boys. I am sure you will tell your little ones great stories of their grandparents, Through memories they live on xx

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  2. Cleaning and scrubbing can wait till tomorrow, for babies grow up we've learned to our sorrow. So quiet down cobwebs, dust go to sleep. I'm rocking my baby, and babies don't sleep--author unknow. I had embroidered that and had it in my babies' rooms. There is plenty of time for the other things that need to be done. You my dear have ur priorities totally in the right place! The gift of time is priceless and the beautiful pictures above shows you already know that! -Julie-

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    1. Oh that embroidery sounds utterly perfect for your babies' room. What a wonderful reminder to have hanging up. Thank you for sharing, I'm going to keep this quote close, as I always need a good reminder every so often xx

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  3. Grandparents can be so fabulous. We don't get to see my partner's parents very often as they live 200 miles away, but that time is treasured.

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    1. Grandparents are amazing, aren't they. My side of the family are 200 hundred miles away too, although I miss them terribly, and hate that the boys miss out on so much, I also know when we do see it each other we truly make the most of the time together, we certainly makes the distance easier xx

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  4. You're so right - the housework can wait as your babies will grow so quickly, my eldest is 12 and I cannot believe it… Also those memories you have are precious!

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    1. Oh it is so easy to get wrapped up in the important stuff!! I always need to give myself the occasional reality check ;) xx

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