The Ordinary Moments #1 – Chair picnics

I really enjoyed taking part in ‘The 52 Project’. It has been utterly priceless to look back on. However, this year I’m going to do something slightly different and take part in ‘The Ordinary Moments’ hosted by Katie at Mummy Daddy Me. It involves a photo (or photos) each week of the simple. The exciting. The imperfect. The Ordinary Moments.

I know that in a few years, when they are grown up, at school, moved out, independent and self sufficient, I will forget about theses young moments that made me immensely happy.

winston and rufus seats at church

As you can see our ordinary moment is nothing spectacular, but it is something I love witnessing each week.

Most Sundays we stay late after church whilst Jared organises things and talks to people, so we end up cracking our extra supplies out. They both sit there with a box each munching away – a chair picnic. I sit there taking photos and try to resist squishing their little faces. Ru’s expression in this one is just like Jared’s and Winston always insists on removing his shoes and having the farm book open at the tractor page.

winston and rufus church picnic

The chairs are right by the doors so we have a good time catching up with people and waving goodbye. Our perfectly ordinary moment.

Jared has had a long chunk of time of work, so it’s going to be a shock getting back into our usual routine. We planned on spending every day with family over the festive period, but in the end we sneaked back to ours for three or four days to enjoy being just us, sleep in our own beds and to get some peace.


E xx



  1. 4th January 2015 / 4:58 pm

    Aww I love this beautiful ordinary. Brings back many memories for me. We’re often hanging around after church trying to catch up with people whilst making sure we still have four children (somewhere) 🙂 they look so cute having their chair picnic. Look forward to reading more of your posts x

    • 4th January 2015 / 10:03 pm

      I know exactly what you mean about losing children…I can’t imagine what it is like with four…and one of mine can’t even walk yet! So glad it brought back some memories for you xx

      • 4th January 2015 / 10:29 pm

        Ha ha yes definitely 🙂 same one of ours isn’t quite walking but people like to hold her and walk off with her a lot especially at church haha xxx

  2. lifeatthelittlewood
    4th January 2015 / 5:19 pm

    They are so cute Esther! 🙂 We normally hit church with a bag of snacks and treats too. Nothing keeps them quiet like a Fruit Pastille! 😉 xx #theordinarymoments

    • 4th January 2015 / 10:05 pm

      It seems that snacks and back up snacks are essential to have at church! I am so glad that others feel the same way and got to love Fruit Pastilles! x

  3. An Organised Mess
    4th January 2015 / 8:27 pm

    Awww, these are beautiful photos- I love the shoes off approach! Our church offers biscuits and squash after service- the amount mine consume provides the sugar rush for the day- I think a snack bag is in order!

    • 4th January 2015 / 10:07 pm

      I would love it if ours offered juice and squash…although I would probably consume a weeks worth of biscuits in one day! When I try to get him to keep his shoes on, he looks at me as if to say: “Nobody eats with shoes on these days Mum!” xx

  4. 4th January 2015 / 9:30 pm

    Aw your little ones are absolutely gorgeous! What a lovely photo. I think this Ordinary moments link up by Katie is such a wonderful idea. Will be lovely to see your posts every week x

    • 4th January 2015 / 10:09 pm

      Thank you. That is so kind of you! I know, it really is so lovely and I’m very much looking forward to being a part of it! I sneaked across to your blog earlier and I know I’m going to enjoy reading it! x

  5. mummydaddyme
    4th January 2015 / 9:32 pm

    Ah it’s lovely to hear you are going to be doing the ordinary moments this year, really looking forward to reading your blog regularly after chatting on twitter. I love these photos as it totally reminds me of my two, we often have picnics out and about where we are. They absolutely love a ‘picnic’ – in the winter we often bring our picnic blanket in and have one on the carpet, for some reason my girls find it extra exciting and special. And we did the same over Christmas, we had a busy couple of days but then made no plans and just stayed at home doing things on our own- it was lovely to spend time together but I am not looking forward to my husband going back to work tomorrow! x

    • 4th January 2015 / 10:19 pm

      I’m really looking forward to it too. I can’t wait to look at them all at the end of the year! It’s so easy to forget things. Even things that happened day in day out for months, so I’m so grateful to have a place to write about them. I feel like we need to have more picnics at home now! I loathe crumbs though…so maybe I need to get over that one first! I know…I am not ready for him to go back. I’ve been spoilt! x

  6. 5th January 2015 / 11:27 pm

    Oh I love this! I love Ru’s expression and how happy Winston looks and how they are both staying right there on the chairs. You have gorgeous boys! x

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