Monkey {The Ordinary Moments}

Emma started going to toddler gymnastics a few months and absolutely loves it. It’s something we can do together, although I wasn’t sure at first if she’d like it. But before long she was climbing up on everything, if not becoming slightly obsessed with the trampoline and it was where she discovered the monkey bars. Now she gets excited every time she sees them at the park. They are way too high for her (and for me to hold her up!) so we’ve agreed on her swinging from the bars a little lower. It’s so lovely to see the concentration and happiness on her face.

Fridays are a Mummy and Emma day and since January, we’ve been making a real event of our day together. We like to visit a farm, or a new place, which I love but sometimes a lazy day is just what we need. I sometimes feel bad, but seeing Emma’s enjoyment at the park made me realise that it’s the simple things she loves. Being together is the most important thing to her.

Afterwards, we got the bus into the city, which is high on Emma’s list of favourite things too. I’m not sure what it is about being on a bus full of people of all ages. Maybe it’s the busyness of people getting on and off, and it getting crammed full of people as we approach Brighton Pier. We got off the bus in Hove, with Emma a little upset that the bus was gone “my bus my bus!” but then went to an ice cream parlour, which cheered her up instantly.

Simple things. I’m always one to cram too much into the day. But our little adventure reminded me that there are so many everyday things we can do together that are special for the fact that we’re together and celebrating the end to another hectic week.

The Ordinary Moments

41 Comments

  1. August 19, 2017 / 10:34 pm

    Thats so true! I am the same I always try to do something special on our Fridays but spending time together is the most important #ordinarymoments x

  2. August 22, 2017 / 4:29 am

    Spending the day together is something you won’t get to do once she starts school, cherish these days. They’re priceless!

  3. August 22, 2017 / 5:54 am

    I think the bus is just a fun place to people watch! #DreamTeam

  4. August 22, 2017 / 6:30 am

    We haven’t done the bus yet and my toddler keeps asking to do it, must get round to that! I really like the sound of toddler gymnastics. If it would give my toddler something to climb on other than the lounge furniture, I’m all for it! X #dreamteam

  5. August 22, 2017 / 6:38 am

    I love being able to set aside days just to hang out with the baby. We have a place that does yoga for all ages and I’m dying to take him. #dreamteam

  6. August 22, 2017 / 6:59 am

    Simple is often the best. It’s the little things that stick in the memories. #dreamteam

  7. August 22, 2017 / 7:37 am

    The Popple always gets upset when we get off a bus or train too! I’m not sure why she likes riding on them so much – maybe I should just make riding buses all over the city our Friday activity! I’m home with her on Fridays too. #dreamteam

  8. August 22, 2017 / 8:04 am

    Simple things are always the best. I do love cramming things into one day though because I find that so much enjoyment has been had. 🙂 x

    #dreamteam

  9. August 22, 2017 / 8:25 am

    Simple is best with little ones definitely! I suppose for them the everyday things are new. Practising skills such as swinging in the monkey bars are important to little ones. If they learn a new skill it takes many hours of practise to perfect it so trips to the park are vital. Lovely post. #Dreamteam

  10. August 22, 2017 / 9:56 am

    Sometimes it’s nice to just be isn’t it? Evie loves the park so much, it just goes to show we don’t need to do all that much to make sure they’re happy! #dreamteam

  11. August 22, 2017 / 10:34 am

    It is the little things we do with them that stay with them forever. Looks like a great time. #dreamteam

  12. August 22, 2017 / 10:59 am

    You are so right…those little moments are always the best. And who wouldn’t love getting a bus into Brighton?! x
    #DreamTeam

  13. August 22, 2017 / 11:01 am

    aww it’s the little moments and being together that counts, so lovely! #DreamTeam

  14. August 22, 2017 / 11:55 am

    I loved gymnastics as a kid and if you can do it together that’s fantastic. I love my time with my little girl too. So precious. #DreamTeam

  15. Sarah mud cakes and wine
    August 22, 2017 / 12:32 pm

    Lovely day and reminds me of my special Friday with my middle boy and we had Fridays to ourselves and always had so much fun #dreamteam

  16. August 22, 2017 / 12:36 pm

    Simple days are always the best with little ones. And I wish my kid liked the bus. He often whines and makes a sense and I’m longing to get off as soon as possible! Kids are all so unique in the things they love.

    Sweet post. Thank you.

    #DreamTeam

  17. August 22, 2017 / 4:47 pm

    Man Emma is loving the toddler dream these days!

    #dreamteam

  18. August 22, 2017 / 7:26 pm

    Being house bound this last few weeks has actually made me realise just how happy little ones are to just be with you and have time to play and enjoy the simple things. I’ve promised myself to keep up the less hectic pace once I’m back on my feet. The simple things really are the best sometimes. Lovely photos Bridget. Thanks for being such a fab co-host. #DreamTeam x

  19. August 22, 2017 / 8:06 pm

    #dreamteam i love an over planner – you can never have too many memories. However, i have found my sons fav thing to do with me is play at home…simple pleasures 🙂

  20. August 22, 2017 / 8:53 pm

    Aww yes they definitely love the simple things. I think as parents we can massively overthink things, when they’d be happy just going to the park or playing at home with a cardboard box! #dreamteam

  21. kimberleyf1988
    August 22, 2017 / 9:02 pm

    It’s so easy to get caught up with days out and making memories that you forget that any quality time counts!
    Really relatable post #dreamteam

  22. August 22, 2017 / 9:58 pm

    We’ve been enjoying the simple things this Summer. Encourage Emma to go on the monkey bars – it’s great for strengthening their arms for when they start writing at school. At my daughter’s school they go on the monkey bars every day! #dreamteam

  23. August 22, 2017 / 10:39 pm

    Clem absolutely loves going on the bus or train into town. She gets really excited whenever she sees a bus as well. Ice cream always makes everything better. We should meet up one day, either in a park or for ice cream. x #dreamteam

  24. August 22, 2017 / 11:36 pm

    Beautiful. Utt just reminded me of my Monday’s I had off work to spend the day just me and my daughter. We use to talk all weekend about what we were going to do. Very often a coffee shop and an ice cream was involved. By November, when my wife goes back to work after maternity leave, I’ll have my daughter and my son all to myself for a day. I can’t wait. X

  25. mebeingmummy
    August 23, 2017 / 6:14 am

    Simplicity is always good when making memories… they stick in the head more! #Dreamteam

  26. August 23, 2017 / 8:32 am

    As a working mom spending quality time with my girls during the week is difficult. Therefore it is so important that I set time aside on weekends to do mommy-girly things with them.#dreamteam

  27. August 23, 2017 / 10:46 am

    Great post, sounds like you had fun. I really need to take my little boy out on the Bus one day, we don’t get any time together just me and him because my day off work is his pre-school today 🙁 one day in September ive decided he will miss a day of pre-school and we’ll spend the whole day together doing fun things! #dreamteam

  28. August 23, 2017 / 4:33 pm

    Ahh I think you are so right. Sometimes just the simple times spent playing at home in the sandpit give the most special memories! #DreamTeam

  29. August 23, 2017 / 5:29 pm

    It’s amazing what an ice cream can do. I’m glad you got to travel on the bus even if it was busy I wish I could hold onto monkey bars #DreamTeam

  30. August 23, 2017 / 9:36 pm

    We haven’t ventured on the bus yet (because it smells and that’s the reason I got my driving license like 7 years ago haha) but we do love ice cream and the park! #dreamteam

  31. August 24, 2017 / 12:01 am

    I love baby and I days! Although my baby is 3 now! Its great to have that time together! x

  32. August 24, 2017 / 6:36 am

    So true, sometimes the best days are the ones where you just take it easy and play things by ear. And a trip to an ice-cream parlour solves everything!
    #DreamTeam

  33. August 24, 2017 / 3:13 pm

    Anything you do together as a family is special, even the ordinary moments. Ice cream is the answer to many of life’s problems 😉 #DreamTeam

  34. August 24, 2017 / 5:28 pm

    We’ve yet to brave the bus (just the girls that is). Little ones have little to no fear over things they are straight in there. #DreamTeam

  35. August 25, 2017 / 10:49 pm

    I promised Amelia when we moved that I’d sign her up for toddler gymnastics so I really must pull my finger out and find a local class!! #dreamteam

  36. August 28, 2017 / 8:51 am

    I’ve always loved the idea of your one day a week that’s special. Such a lovely idea. #DreamTeam

  37. August 29, 2017 / 8:18 am

    Ah this is lovely. I am having quiet day today – i had the option to go to the local dinosaur park with a friend but I’m shattered from the bank holiday so we are having a lazy morning and a quiet slow walk down to the charity shop and park and that’s it. You’re right its about spending time together. Glad she’s getting on well at gymnastics, mine loves tumble tots which we do. #DreamTeam

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