Simple Pleasures

This year I am going to try to focus on the simple pleasures in life.  As and when I spy them I plan to blog them as a reminder to myself as much as anything, but hopefully it will spark a smile amongst those passing through to read.

Today I drove to my parents to drop my mums birthday cards off as they return from hols tonight.  Just a 30 minutes round trip.  But I was solo in the car.  No nursery rhymes, no crying baby, no toddler chat, no time pressure.  I had forgotten how much I enjoyed driving like this.  Especially with my choice of music on, and on LOUD!  So today for 30 minutes I got to be Lily Allen!  For me, a mum of two, aged 36 this was my simple pleasure.

When I returned home, Baby G was sleeping, toddler H and I set to de-Christmassing the house.  H helped by taking everything he could reach off the tree – something he has been desperate to do since the tree went up at the beginning of December!  I lugged the dry, perma-bent branches of the tree out through the french doors and lobbed it into the back garden – from here it is a “blue job” for Mr L!  H was squealing and clapping – its rare for any Mummy to get some much as a “thank you” let alone a round of applause for her efforts. I turned, taking a bow, to hear “I’m paddling, I’m splashing, I’m paddling” this was how I discovered there was still water in the stand the Christmas tree was in as toddler H reenacted “Singing in the Rain” from the french doors, through the conservatory and into my living room from where the tree had originated!  For toddler H, aged 2.5 years old moments like these just rock, this was his simple pleasure & I managed to restrain the urge to clean it all up straight away and let him have 5 minutes splashing in the living room. 

Note to self:  It all mops up at the end of the day & when it doesn’t matter when it mops up, go with it!

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12 responses to “Simple Pleasures

  1. Sparked a smile and a chuckle.

    I have a 30 minute trip to and from Evan’s nursery and as much as I’d prefer it to be 5 mins I make the most of it when she is not with me and do as you do. PLAY MY MUSIC LOUD 😀

    Love the image of you turning and taking a bow only to find Lil H splashing around – really made me laugh.

  2. The simple pleasure of music… if it wasn’t for my music I’d be mad by now I swear! When my boys fighting and screaming gets too much, in go the ear plugs to my iPod and they can scream as much as they please!

  3. It’s so easy to get bogged down in everyday frustrations. What a good idea to blog about moments like this. I’m sure it will help you to appreciate them more.

  4. Bec

    Bless him! I’d have been same, natural instinct to MAKE IT STOP but having to remind self only water!

  5. I too am following your example. Living for the moment

  6. Sarah Walters

    Love it !!! Go H 🙂

  7. Nothing nicer than a car journey yourself! Or a nice hot bubble bath!

  8. Sam

    Focussing on the simple pleasures sounds like an excellent plan. My nan wasn’t the ‘happiest’ person you’ll ever meet but she was one of the most ‘content’. She was always counting her blessings and the things she was thankful for were her health, a comfy chair, food in the cupboard and enough money to pay to have the fire on. I’ll never beat that that, but I do try!

  9. What a brilliant idea. Sometimes the good things are too easy to brush off as problems. I bet he had a brilliant time splashing & it was def his simple pleasure!
    Its going to make me try the same! And as for the music, heaven!!!

  10. Nothing quite like singing loudly to yourself whilst driving. Singing and music generally keeps me sane, I swear.

  11. Emily O

    Great idea! I think you have to let them make a mess at times, and when they’re a little bit older than can learn to help clear up too! You’ve inspired me to try and focus on simple pleasures too.

  12. Thanks everyone – today is 10th January and I am glad I am back reminding myself of the simple pleasures already and so quickly do I find myself bogged down *sigh* if you can buy it ultimately probably won’t make you happy! Big love to you all have added all your blogs to my reader! Next stop – your place! Cx

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