Balancing Time

I’ve spent a lot of time recently feeling well and truly caught up in the fast pasted culture that we live in. It’s relentless, we balance so many commitments and inevitably something has got to give.

After becoming run-down and ill earlier this week, Mr T took some unplanned holiday to look after me and the children. He’s my rock and I am so lucky to have him.

Balancing Time

It got me thinking about time, and how we had been spending our time. I realised that the most important things to me have been pushed aside in the last few weeks.

I value time with the children, time with Mr T and time for creativity and thought.

Of course I spend time with my children, but with the pull of housework, I am normally multi-tasking, trying to get jobs finished so its not really quality time.

I’ve sat next to Mr T while reading through work, yes we were together, but was it quality time?

The Simple Life

For a few years we have aspired to simple life. Simple in the sense that we de-clutter and live minimally, surrounding ourselves with just the things really love. (With four children, its working progress!)

Simple in the sense that we avoid things (and people!) that attract instability and drama.

Simple in the sense we enjoy simple pleasures, walks, reading, wholesome food & creativity

Quality time

One thing I am guilty of is overcommitting and saying Yes to things that sound amazing, but are they truly important?

I do need to cut back on some of my commitments, stop making so many plans, and I need to make time specifically to spend with my little family, and time for myself too.

That’s what we have planned for this weekend, quality time together, decorating our little house for Christmas, talking, baking, crafting, cuddling and relaxing.

The Ordinary Moments

Watching a film together before bed. I tried taking a photo while they were cuddled together, but its so dark the photos didn’t turn out very well and then the children moved, so I didn’t get my photo.  I think it was getting to a scary part, I love how they all have the same engrossed expression.

The Ordinary Moments

We love cuddles with Daddy.

Do you make time for the things that are most important to you?

I am linking up with Katie from MummyDaddyMe for #TheOrdinaryMoments


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  1. Notmyyearoff November 29, 2015 at 6:34 am - Reply

    I love the idea of living simply and decluttering regularly. We keep trying this and we’re getting there very slowly. Watching a movie under a blanket is one of my favourite ways to spend family time.

    • Hannah November 29, 2015 at 11:01 pm - Reply

      We are getting there too, its working progress but it makes life a little easier too, less to tidy! Its one of my favourites too, especially as they are older and starting to enjoy more family films xx

  2. Carie November 29, 2015 at 10:09 pm - Reply

    Oh what gorgeous cuddly photos – and I agree, just being all together is the most precious thing in the world!

    • Hannah November 29, 2015 at 11:11 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Being all together is definitely my favorite thing xx

  3. imeverymum November 30, 2015 at 5:00 am - Reply

    This is exactly where I have been at recently. I massively overdid it when I was starting to feel great and just took on way too much. Everything started falling apart. Now rebuilding and remembering to just do the things that need doing or I want to do, instead of saying yes to EVERYTHING. Great post #theordinarymoments

    • Hannah November 30, 2015 at 7:36 pm - Reply

      It’s so easy to do though, isn’t it? I’m glad things are settling down a bit for you, things are definitely better here too xx

  4. suzanne3childrenandit November 30, 2015 at 7:30 pm - Reply

    It’s so important to make time for family and to put your nearest and dearest first. I think they often get shoved to the back as we make way for things that have caught our attention. Sounds like your focus is back where it should be though Hannah so well done 🙂

    • Hannah November 30, 2015 at 7:41 pm - Reply

      I think your post helped put things into perspective too, its so easy to get caught up in what everyone else is doing and put extra unneeded pressure on ourselves. We are going back to basics here and seeing how we can simplify Christmas! Xx

  5. mummydaddyme December 1, 2015 at 10:23 am - Reply

    These photos are gorgeous Hannah. And I completely agree how important this is. I am going to make an extra to do this over the festive period rather than get wrapped up in the show of Christmas. x

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