Today’s Sunday and I’m sat here watching the two little ones playing in their own worlds. Oscar’s racing Hot Wheels cars up and down the bean bag, while Ottilie’s playing with a toy phone in the playpen. It’s one of those rare moments where they’re both completely happy and chilled, so I thought I’d take some time to tell you about my week.
I had my first (well, second) driving lesson this week! I’ve been meaning to learn for a while now but felt so sad when I thought about how much it would all cost. A few weeks back I priced up the cost of lessons, insurance and buying a really cheap car and realised it was more affordable than I thought. A whole lot of money, for sure, but not the multiple thousands I’d pictured. This made it feel so much more reachable, that someday soon I might be pootling around town with the two kiddos in the back, driving to the park. My lesson went really well and I’m really looking forward to next week’s. Terrified, but excited.
A better sense of direction
This week at work we had our annual appraisals, where we sit down and talk through what’s going well and what isn’t, and making a plan for the year ahead. I’ve only been back at work for three months now but feel like I’ve done so much in that time. I came away from the meeting with a list of objectives and a better idea of my role and what I’ll be doing (more strategy, less fiddly updates) and feel a whole lot more organised and on track. I think I really need to do a similar thing with my blog and freelance work – figure out what’s a priority and set some goals, because at the moment while I love them both and enjoy what I do, it’s hard to see where I’m going.
I’ve always loved photography but these days it’s so hard to find the time – do you find that too? There’s a million things that need doing, appointments to make, places to go, and taking a few snaps here and there feels like it doesn’t quite fit in. This week I’ve taken so many photos and it’s made me realise how much I enjoy it all over again. I’ve tried a few new things too, like photographing food, which I don’t do a lot of at home. I’m going to try and remember to pick up my camera more often, especially as the kids are changing so much every day.
Over the last few weeks we’ve really been staying on top of keeping our home tidier than usual, and it’s really paying off. I’m not going to lie, it’s a mess at the moment and I haven’t cleared away breakfast yet, but we’re into the habit of putting things back where they belong which makes a huge difference. Cleaning the bathroom is still my least favourite job but it takes a lot less time these days, thanks to my new routine. We really do need to tackle the amount of products we have in there though – our shelving’s bursting at the seams!
A bloggers catch up
One of the highlights of this week has been catching up with some of the lovely Devon bloggers. We met for dinner and drinks at Revolution Torquay, chatted and talked about blogging. It’s always so nice to catch up with everyone. Blogging can be a bit of a lonely job at times and Facebook’s fine for a chat but it’s nothing compared to getting together and enjoying a good meal. The cocktails were amazing, too! Huge thanks to Hayley for organising and Emma, Hannah, Laura, Lisa, Pippa and Hayley for the fab company.
The week ahead
Next week’s things as usual – another driving lesson, another three days at work, and another week of laughs, screams (Ottilie’s new favourite thing) and moments. We’re taking Otti for her one year developmental review too. I can’t believe she turns one this month, it doesn’t feel that long ago that I was waiting for her to arrive.
Hope you’ve had a lovely week x