Living Arrows 2018 – 2/52

Is anyone else feeling slightly out of step with the way time is passing at the moment?

The children are back at school today after a lovely 2 week break, that feels like much longer than 2 weeks.  In a surreal way though, not in a dragging kind of way.

The last week of term, and the children’s Christmas concerts and everything feel like they were months ago, not just a couple of weeks ago.

And now we’re already at week two of Living Arrows for 2018!

We made the most of the dry weather on Sunday and wrapped up warm for our standard walk on the beach and play at Victoria Park.

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It was so cold on the beach, but the children still happily played for quite a while.

They were burying treasure for each other and then drawing trails in the sand leading to it so that they could go and hunt for it.  They don’t always play so nicely together, but when they do it is just amazing to stand back and watch.

We all really love our little routine trips to the beach, and I especially love the opportunities it gives me to take photos of my family!

And now we’re back trying to settle into the old school day routine.

I have a feeling it’ll take a bit of getting used to for all of us.  We’ve all really loved the slower pace of the Christmas holidays, where we’ve not had to rush around in the mornings to get out the front door.

We only took our Christmas decorations down on Saturday so I feel a bit like I’m still yet to emerge fully into the new year.

Normally I’m itching to get the tree down and life back to normal by new year’s eve, but something was different this time.  Maybe it was the fact that we had a real Christmas tree for the first time, so it felt like more of a big deal to take it down!

I’ve really enjoyed it though, this cosy little Christmas bubble, and I’m not in a big rush to completely burst it.  I’m writing this while burning the last of my gingerbread scented candles.  And I’ve been working my way through the bottle of pumpkin spice baileys in the fridge over the last few evenings.

Normally I would pack these kind of things away and save them for the next year, but this time I feel like just enjoying them as much as I can.

I think that might be a bit of a theme for the next year.  To just enjoy things as much as I can.  To stop worrying so much.  To not rush on to the next thing, but to slow down and appreciate how much there is to enjoy about the moment we’re in.

I got a bit lost I think last year, I let my anxiety creep in a bit too much, but I’m starting to find my way again now.

There really is so much joy to be found in this life, so much to be thankful for, it really is pretty glorious when you slow down and appreciate it.

Living Arrows


  1. Maria 08/01/2018 / 9:20 am

    Such gorgeous photos! I am back to work today and the struggle is real! Hope they settle back into school ok x

    • This glorious life 15/01/2018 / 9:59 pm

      Thank you! We seem to have adjusted pretty well luckily, and both children have settled back into school well! x

  2. Mammy 08/01/2018 / 9:08 pm

    I love the last three paragraphs. …well done, you.

    • This glorious life 15/01/2018 / 10:00 pm

      Thank you, I really am trying to focus on the joy this year! x

  3. Janet Yarwood 08/01/2018 / 9:09 pm

    They look so happy in these pictures. I’m not ready for Christmas to be over yet either

    • This glorious life 15/01/2018 / 10:01 pm

      They were having a great time at the park! I’m just about emerging from my Christmas bubble now! x

  4. Stacey - Mums Blind Love 09/01/2018 / 8:59 pm

    Sounds like they had a lovely time playing, they looks so happy in the photos.

    I defiantly think we all worry and put to much pressure on ourselves and need to love in here more.

    • This glorious life 15/01/2018 / 10:01 pm

      They are always so happy to be out at the park! I think you’re right, we do all put too much pressure on ourselves, and worry far too much, I’m trying to do much less of that this year! x

  5. Donna 11/01/2018 / 11:01 am

    We have found it so hard to settle back into the school routine, it’s been tough! Your photos are beautiful and I love how you always manage to get outside x

    • This glorious life 15/01/2018 / 10:05 pm

      It’s always such a big adjustment isn’t it, getting back into the school routine after a break! x

  6. mudpie fridays 13/01/2018 / 8:27 am

    I like the sound of your new theme for next year I would definitely benefit form a similar outlook. This year is already racing by! Great photos at the park you need to grab the good days this time of year with both hands. #Livingarrows

    • This glorious life 15/01/2018 / 10:06 pm

      It’s scary isn’t it, how quickly the time is going by! Definitely important to grab hold of as much joy and positivity as we can! x

    • This glorious life 15/01/2018 / 10:06 pm

      It’s so hard isn’t it! I think we’re easing into it now though! x

  7. Pat - white camellias 14/01/2018 / 5:33 pm

    I’m was totally ready for Christmas to be over and getting back to our routine. These are gorgeous photos #livingarrows

    • This glorious life 15/01/2018 / 10:07 pm

      Haha, that’s how I normally feel but there was something different about it all this year! x

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