Family Life

In The Moment

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Life is hectic. Fact!

Understatement of the year – Life is FRANTIC!

As I type this, I’m on my laptop, court-side, watching Akira play tennis. Story of my day: I got up at 3.40 this morning, drove an hour to host Heart Breakfast for 4 hours, had a post-show production meeting before racing an hour and a half home to sneak in an hours alfresco yoga session before the school run, shoved some food in Akira and here I am at tennis. And BREATHE!

This is my nonchalant “I’m not taking a #selfie other tennis mums, HONEST” face!IMG_1946 (1)It’s called modern life. Juggling ALL the balls – and that’s before I’ve factored in running a home and social media!

Because the weeks are pretty insane, weekends are all about us re-grouping as a family.

This weekend, there was a local festival happening which is always lots of fun, but always crazy frantic. So often these days, I find “fun” is dressed up with “frantic”. When we lived in LA we had annual passes to Disneyland which was, ironically, for the “happiest place on earth” the place we saw the MOST rows between parents! Sometimes the pressure to have “fun” in places that are supposed to be the meccas of joy, is just too great, too dictated.

So we made another plan and concentrated instead on a weekend of US.

Saturday we pretty much stayed in joggers for most of the day!  Bliss!

Sunday – again, the best day – of being TOGETHER – chilled and relaxed.

We headed to a local park with bikes for some quality time. The local Farmers Market insured me and The Mr were blessed with the gift of caffeine – and a day of simple pleasures ensued.SUNDAY1We laughed.

We walked.

We rode bikes.

We explored.

We hugged.

We goofed around!

It was one of those amazing family days.AKIRAAnd because I was tuned into the kids and not living life at 100 miles an hour I actually HEARD Akira when he said “I get really sad when I see homeless people”.

Instead of doing my usual explanation fob off, I explored the concept with him and we decided it would be really amazing to try to help in some way. So we bought food and took it to a group of homeless guys hanging out and chatted for a bit. Akira beamed from ear to ear when I explained it had all been his idea and I know something changed in his future life in that moment!  It was apparently THE thing he cited as the highlight of his weekend in “weekend news” at school today.KAYANote to self – Sometimes just “being” as a family is so important.

Yes the Festival would have been fun, but a different kind of fun. And sometimes – we ALL need to unwind, reconnect and LISTEN. I’m so aware of life being more complicated for my kids than it ever was when I was that age, and there’s no need for the modern day pace of life to rub off on them. Not yet anyway.

Sometimes simple really is best. Just BEING is all we truly need.
TREYI’m also painfully aware that I need to embrace every second of parenthood. I can’t believe Kaya turns double figures next month. How did THAT happen? On our gorgeous day out I took a mental picture and vowed that Akiras jacket and Kaya’s sweatshirt are totally going into the “Memory Box” for me to sob into when they go to uni posterity!

Enjoy every minute!  Even though I’m working through half term I’m totally planning to be WITH the kids when I’m “with” them.

Being in the moment!  Before the moment’s gone!

K xSLEEP

 

9 Comments

  • Reply Clare Goldsack June 5, 2016 at 7:21 pm

    I’m with you Katy. Tash loves nothing better than a bike ride or feeding the fish in our pond. The simple pleasures all the way xx

    • Reply Katy June 6, 2016 at 9:40 am

      Gotta love a bit of bike action! xx

  • Reply L McGuinness May 26, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    Unbelievably true!!!!, i HATE the idea of doing (expensive) things to keep up with society/ high maintenance school yard Mum’s and ADORE simple things like BBQ’s in the back garden smelling flowers or a walk in the woods that turns into an adventure.
    The amount of times i have been told i lead a ‘boring life’ and i think ‘NO, i lead a simple and memorable one that suits our family down to the ground’.
    Woman after my own heart Katy – chin chin for the weekend my lovely 😉
    and huge thumbs up for Akiras kindness xx

    • Reply Katy May 26, 2016 at 7:32 pm

      Ah – have a wonderful weekend! Lots of lovely chilling all around – let’s hope for sunshine! x

  • Reply Jess Moody May 26, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    Totally agree! BTW, loving your nippers style x

    • Reply Katy May 26, 2016 at 7:31 pm

      Thanks Mrs! Ah – we love a bit of colour in this house! xx

  • Reply Actually Mummy May 26, 2016 at 11:47 am

    I think there must be something about your kids hitting this age that switches you on to how much you’re going to miss in just a few years time (that will feel like weeks). I’m absolutely taking the same stance on slowing down and being with them, rather than filling all our time with chaos, enjoyable though that is.
    What a gorgeous thing to have done with Akira. Our kids are so open to suggestion at this age, it’s a wonderful thing to see them filled with compassion and kindness.

    • Reply Katy May 26, 2016 at 7:30 pm

      So true! I’d love to press pause sometimes and then at other times I love seeing who they’re becoming! Such exciting times! Not sure how I’ll cope when BOTH are in double figures mind! xx

    • Reply Katy June 6, 2016 at 9:41 am

      So true about the age thing! I feel like there’s a big clock ticking in my ear! x

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