Monday, 19 January 2015

{The Ordinary Moments 15} #3 'Confidence and Sharing Our Ordinary Moment'

Living in rural Yorkshire in winter means one thing for certain. Snow. And this week we have had LOTS of it. Not the worst snow in recent years but bad enough for us to be snowed in for a couple of days. I love the snow but it has meant that as we live down a steep rural lane, it's up to us to clear the whole road ourselves and then try and get out. Last year, we didn't get any snow so this is the first year we have experienced this kind of weather with a toddler. And a grouchy teething toddler at that. Not the best combination. 

I'd love to be writing an ordinary moments post about how we had spent all week going out and enjoying the snow, making snow angels and sledging down the lane, but it has been so so cold and I could barely keep my own balance on the ice, let alone whilst holding on to a wriggly toddler. And I certainly didn't want to make his teething cold any worse so we avoided snow altogether.

So on the days that we did manage to get out, we went to try out a different soft play centre. Not once, not twice, but four times in the space of a week! I don't think we have ever done that before and at around £10 a visit, I certainly won't be making a habit of it. But to call it epic would be an understatement. Big, clean, delicious chef cooked food, cakes a plenty and adults as well as toddlers allowed to clamber about on all the equipment. A winner if you ask me. Plus I think I actually got my quota of exercise for the week from all the climbing and running around I did with Little One. 

While some absolutely dread the idea of going to soft play once a week, let alone four times, we have absolutely loved it. He's really broken through a confidence barrier this week and will now quite happily tootle off on a trike on his own or go down a really big slide by himself. It can be hard to let go sometimes, but he's suddenly become a confident little toddler, and I'm really trying to give him space to grow and develop himself.

We even took my sister and Mr F along at the weekend and it was lovely to share one of mine and Little One's ordinary moments of going to soft play every week with them. Little One clearly loved this extra attention, he loved quality time with daddy and his auntie and I even got to sit and have a completely hot drink while someone else watched him.

The beautiful view by our house this week... 

But instead of playing in the snow, we chose to go to Soft Play a record 4 times this week. I must be totally and utterly mad but to see this cheeky chappy grow in confidence the way he did, it was worth every moment. 

mummy daddy me


  1. What a beautiful view- we have had no snow here yet at all, although to be honest I like it for the ten minutes that we are out in it and then I get fed up, so I am not too concerned. ;) LL used to be really fun at soft play places, she would cry and get upset all the time and cling to me, but the last few months she is so confident- she totters off and I don't see her for ages! It is bittersweet but I am proud of her! x

    1. Aww yeh it can be bittersweet when they want to become little independent people but I'm also pleased he has that confidence- will hopefully make going to school easier when the time comes. And the snow is still coming- totally snowed in. Lots of cake and sweets for us ;) x

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