This year is flying by! I can’t quite believe that April is nearly over and my big girl has started her last term in reception. The end of April has crept up on me and I left it to the last minute to take this month’s Me and Mine photos.
I’m not quite sure why I left it to the last minute though. There’s been no shortage of family moments this month. We’ve enjoyed days out during the Easter holidays, an Easter egg hunt in Grandma’s garden and a weekend away. Plenty of opportunity to take family photos if only I’d thought about doing so at the time!
I couldn’t resist the opportunity to seek out some bluebells for this month’s family photo. The girls and I discovered a little nature reserve in our local area that we hadn’t known about before. When we came across it in the Easter holidays, the bluebells were just starting to appear. I knew we had to make a return visit once the bluebells were in bloom.
It was one of those days of just enjoying family time together. A day of being spontaneous, of just going wherever the mood took us. A leisurely lunch at a local pub followed by a walk around the nature reserve to find the bluebells. We then took a wander around the fairy village that Sophie and I visited last week and finished off the day with ice-creams at a nearby ice-cream parlour.
It was one of those days that I realise again how lucky we are to have these family moments. That same pub that we stopped off for lunch was the one my mother-in-law took me for lunch for six years ago on the day we found out about Jessica’s heart condition. I remember sitting in the garden, feeling shell-shocked. Waiting for the consultant appointment later that day that would confirm the results of the scan.
Here we are, six years on – having travelled quite a journey in the meantime and with more steps on that journey to come. For now though, life is fairly normal. For now, we can just enjoy these little family moments and make the most of them. These are the moments when the ordinary becomes beautiful.