An Unexpected Calm Week…


For the last week Alice has had chicken pox and this has meant that we had to cancel all our plans. Plans to go camping with friends at the weekend, plans for play dates and of course not making any new plans.

I started to feel like the next week or so was going to be tough and to be honest a bit boring. The thought of staying at home all day, every day didn’t excite me at all.

Whilst of course I don’t wish that Alice had chicken pox and it would have been lovely to go camping with our friends, something that had been planed along time ago. I have actually enjoyed the past week.


I have enjoyed the slower pace of life, no routine’s, no mad dash out the door to be somewhere. The pressure of life has been taken away from me and I am not sure I want it back.

We have been enjoying time in the garden, the girls have loved playing with each other and there have been fewer squabbles than normal. My parents came over for a barbecue at the weekend and it was so nice to just relax in the garden. Just sitting and chatting, playing with the girls and eating lots of food!

What this time has shown me is that I am a better mum when life is quieter, I am more relaxed and I don’t feel as anxious and that can only be a good thing.


Of course in a few days time the spots will have gone and life will be back to normal, filled with play dates and friends. Which we all love to do and see, that will never change.

But, I am going to take things at a slower pace and not race to the finish line at every opportunity. Every minute of every day does not have to be filled up and I am going to get better at having a balance in life.

I won’t worry about having an empty day in the diary, in fact my face will light up when I see it…


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  1. July 27, 2016 / 06:45

    I hope she gets better soon. Let’s hope the good weather carries on so that you can enjoy the garden a bit more. #BloggerClubUK

  2. July 27, 2016 / 07:48

    I think it’s so important to have a few quiet days although chicken pox is not nice. We have lots of nice things to do and planned but I’m glad we’re not rushing out the door every morning now we’re on the summer holidays. No lay ins for me but it’s nice to set my own schedule again for a bit. #BloggerClubUK
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  3. July 27, 2016 / 10:13

    I hope she’s feeling better now. I agree with you though, I always feel so much better when I don’t put too much pressure on myself and just slow down occasionally.
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  4. July 27, 2016 / 12:36

    Glad to hear that Alice is on the mend and that you have been enjoying a more relaxed pace of life after the last week or so. Of course it isn’t nice that Alice has been unwell but sounds like you have made the most of being confined to home and enjoyed it as much as possible. #BloggerClubUK
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  5. July 28, 2016 / 07:25

    I hope Alice is feeling better. I have discovered lazy days over the last year and have even found myself and the girls in our PJ’s at lunchtime (well normally me as they are normally in their 10th dressing up outfit by then!) I struggled with it to begin with but like you say it certainly helped me feel more relaxed and not so wound up. #BloggerClubUK
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  6. July 28, 2016 / 20:32

    Oh bless her! I actually remember having it when I was 5 – it’s not the most fun is it, but at least it gets it out of the way. And sometimes a calmer week is nice – and it takes something like illness to make us slow down a bit! Charlie x #sharingthebloglove
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  7. July 31, 2016 / 22:10

    Ahhh! I know just what you mean! I used to dread the empty days and always had this feeling of “having” to do something every day. But actually the quiet down days can be lovely and in fact essential!! We are all so busy that sometimes this is just what we all need. I hope your Alice is feeling better. My Alice is almost 5 and STILL hasn’t had chicken pox yet! #BloggerClubUk X
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