– One: I want to keep the fun with blogging and remember why I started this blog – to capture the small family moments that make up a life and capture the best things that make up living in Chiswick and London.
Recently I've been stressing about 'big' blog posts, keeping up with regular content and needing to create a proper blogging schedule. I've needed to remind myself not to lose sight of my original vision – to celebrate everyday family life on the leafy edge of the big smoke, as I call it in my bio, and to have a space to be authentic.
Having said that, I do have a big backlog of review features to write; plus a backlog of Chiswick Five Mins profile pieces to write. — I really love the Chiswick five min slots on my blog – interviews with local folk who make this such a fun and inspiring place to live.
– Two: When it comes to great weekends, sometimes simple fun is the best. I know we all know this, but sometimes I just need reminding that I don't have to make the most of every second of the weekend, and don't need to fill it with crafts and day trips and curated happy family times.
Chiswick Boy spent hours running around the house with my digital camera last weekend, taking delight in photographing portraits of me, his pictures, er, the back of the loo.
He's used to taking photos via my phone and ipad, but for some reason the idea of an actual camera has tickled him. I don't get the camera out very often, hence its being all new to him. It took him a while to get over the fact that — shock, horror — it didn't have a touch screen. I'm struggling to understand a world where even a digital camera seems archaic and quaint to a seven year old.
But this new passion for photography in our house is also a great reminder to take more photographs. I've recently joined Instagram – so a perfect opportunity to get clicking more. I'm loving connecting with creative, quirky and very talented women on Instagram – this week I've been oohing and aahing over mystery craft boxes and acrylic jewellery.
– Three: I'm an anxious person, and I've finally come to the realisation that I'm always going to be that way. I'm always going to have the five year plan, the three year plan, the routines and the to-do lists. I'm a sucker for a new organisational tool, app or book…Hmm… not sure if this is a plus side or not.
In my relationship it's definitely Chiswick Daddy who takes the chilled out, nothing matters in the grand scheme of things, role. I'm the one with about four hundred different goals in sight at any one given time – although again, my blog is meant to be a reminder to me to slow down and enjoy the glorious imperfection of the here and now, as a family.
– Four: Tidying is a bit addictive. And quite frankly it's an addiction I could well do with. Let's just say that keeping a tidy house is not something I've mastered. Fly Lady, Home Routines App, My own sticker charts – I've tried all the systems. But have always spent more time getting stressed about mastering the systems than actually tidying up – see point three above.
But after blitzing the sitting room a couple of weekends aao, so that the piano teacher could come, I've been vigilant for anny bit of clutter lurking on the sofa or carpet. Please God, long may it last.
P.S. The piano teacher was David George from Notting Hill School of Rock – er, not in Notting Hill and not just rock. David kindly let me sit in on a trial lesson so that I could get tips for continuing to teach my son piano myself. See my interview with David on my blog soon. Er, hopefully soon – see point one above.
And here's six little bite-sized things I learnt
One – You can survive without question marks, exclamation marks, numbers, at signs and hashtags on your keyboard. I learnt that when I spilt a glass of beer over my keyboard last week. It's taken a bit of getting used to, and my emails and blog posts didn't seem as strange without question marks and apostrophes as I thought they would. It's just a question of where you put your emphasis in your sentence. Wouldn't you agree.
Two – No matter how much I play skylanders I am always going to feel that I am following Chiswick Boy around aimlessly and rather stupidly despite his encouraging comments and tips.
Three – Squirrels will try and get into catflaps but aren't strong enough to push them open. I'm trying not to think of foxes.
Four – Somebody threw a Lucozade bottle over the fence and it landed in Chiswick Boy's paddling pool. Chiswick Boy was shocked, as most children would be. So I realised there's a point where some people stop being shocked at this kind of thing and become the kind of person who does it.
Five – Watering plants is a great lesson in action, reaction. When I remember to water them they flourish. When I leave them a day they wilt. This is similiar to my tidying situation – when I do a bit each day the table stays free of clutter. When I leave it, it becomes hard to tackle it at all. And also my sleep situation. When I get enough, my batteries recharge. When I don't, they fizz and plop.
Six – My son is immensely funny and entertaining. And weekends just doing nothing and being as a family really help boost this creative humour. Which make me realise that time spent doing 'nothing' isn't doing nothing at all – kids are always learning, developing, growing. Which I suppose is quite a big thing to learn and not a little thing at all.
What did you learn last week…