Thursday, 2 July 2015

{The Ordinary Moments 15} #26 'Family moments in France'



As I write this, I'm sitting on a big comfy double bed in one of the guest rooms at my parents lovely rustic home in France. I'm sitting in the dark with just a little peep of light coming through the wooden shutters outside the windows, taking a bit of a break from the heat and the commotion of the day. Little One is napping in his travel cot in the corner and his little cheeks are flushed pink as it is so warm. It's lovely just taking a moment to come upstairs and have a bit of quiet time and just be able to watch him sleep soundly while also having a bit of quiet time for me. 

This is very much holiday with family. We aren't doing the usual 'holiday' things like going to the beach or splashing about in a swimming pool (as much as we would all love to be in a pool right now with this insane heat). It's a home away from home holiday, spending quality time with Mr F, my mum, one of my sisters and her boyfriend. It's about enjoying relaxing breakfasts together, eating bowl after bowl of crunchy chocolate cereal, the type where it's so sugary but so good, even at 8 in the morning. Even LO has been eating it, well just because he's on holiday. We sit and munch on amazing croissants and drink lots of French coffee. 

It's about going to the local Hypermarch√© together each day, filling the trolley 'accidentally' with lots of French pastries and sugary treats, Bugle crisps and Macaroons. We have had lots of impromptu picnics in the garden and in a wildlife park, surrounded by the most gorgeous peacocks and I can definitely say I have had my quota of exercise for the week, as we have enjoyed so many lovely family walks together. 

Doing all these things again as a family is like stepping back in time to the ordinary moments of my past as a teenager. Spending time with my youngest sister, sticking 
metallic flash tattoos on each other, taking silly selfies, sharing clothes again, enjoying my mamas cooking, going on walks with our family dog, all things which used to just be part and parcel or everyday life when we were younger, but now, are a real treat, and not something we would be able to enjoy on one of out 'conventional' family holidays with just the three of us. Sure, a family holiday in this sense can have its intense moments, but you just have to take a step back and realise how lucky we all are to be able to spend this quality time together. 







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  1. This all looks so gorgeous and sounds Idyllic! France is somewhere I havent been but would like to but out in countryside to chill out and have a break like yours. I love to do stuff with my kids that I used to do with my siblings, it makes it a little more special and exciting Hope you all enjoy the rest of your break x

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    1. Thank you Mary- I can highly recommend somewhere in the french countryside for a relaxing break- although in summer somewhere with a pool would be advantageous as it can get so hot! x

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  2. It sounds like you're having such a wonderful time and that it really is a home away from home. Sometimes I think breaks like these are better than swimming pool and tourist type holidays. xx

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    1. We had a lovely time thank you Alex- it definitely makes a change from staying in a hotel near the beach. And while I love beach holidays and having meals prepared for me, it was also nice to have a home away from home! xx

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  3. This is so lovely Amelia and it sounds like you are having a wonderful holiday with family. So impressive you did this on your iPad too! Hope you continue to have a lovely break away. x

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    1. Thank you Katie :) It was so hot and intense at times (as it always is when you're with family) but a lovely relaxing break! I don't tend to take my Mac with me as I find it heavy but my iPad is proving quite a trusty little blogging companion xx

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  4. Oh that just sounds perfect - how lovely to be able to go to somewhere so beautiful and just be as a family :)

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    1. It is so lovely and quiet there Carie, perfect for little toddlers and young children! Lots of outdoor activities. We do feel very fortunate to be able to go over and stay with my parents there x

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  5. What a lovely break, it looks so relaxing. Enjoy x

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    1. Thank you Aby, we did have a lovely time, and came back just in time before the heatwave got even more intense! x

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