The Ordinary Moments #5 – Snow, tantrums and play dough

This week has been very ordinary, although Winston’s behaviour has been particularly challenging. Jared and I have always tried to use a ‘firm but fair’ approach to parenting, but sometimes it is really difficult to come up with a plan of action. I find it comes in waves – one or two weeks of pushing the boundaries, then a few months later we’ll have another difficult few weeks. It has been so frustrating at times – repeating myself over and over and over again. I keep trying to remind myself that it is so important for his development…and even more so, mine. He is our parenting guinea pig after all. I do know everything will be fine, but sometimes I do have a little chuckle to myself about how naive I was before becoming a parent. It’s just full of surprises!

It’s snowed a few times this week so we have enjoyed waking up to white streets, building snowmen, eating snow (Winston) and watching it drift to the ground. Now I’m no longer a commuter – I absolutely love snow! I find it brings such serenity.


We also had a play date with some friends this week and it’s the first time I’ve seen Winston properly play with another child, other than his cousins or friends at church. It made me feel a little emotional as she was saying: “I don’t want to go home” and he was saying: “Just stay here without your Mum”. Cheeky.


We also made some play dough as our previous batch went hard. This is a now a safe activity for the three of us as Ru is no longer desperate to eat the whole lot. We used cabbage greens to dye it green but it turned out more yellow!


Both: “This is brilliant!”.


 Ru: “That looks fun. I fancy grabbing that”.


 Ru: “I’m going to go for it”.


 Winst: “Not so fast!”

I wanted to include the last photo because the sequence displays their volatile relationship perfectly! and I love the seriousness on Winston’s face as he adamantly stops Ru from interfering.

E xx


E xx



  1. 1st February 2015 / 9:37 pm

    Ah I’m so jealous of the snow! We havent had any yet. Love the photos of them playing with play doh x

    • 3rd February 2015 / 10:19 pm

      Oh no! I hope you get some. We haven’t had loads and it melts quickly, but a couple of inches for a few hours has been lovely! x

  2. 1st February 2015 / 9:39 pm

    Nice post! I lied the photos…your kids are cute!

  3. 1st February 2015 / 9:46 pm

    I love that last picture – not Ru’s tears but like you say, how it shows their relationship 🙂

    • 3rd February 2015 / 10:20 pm

      Definitely! It’s not all plain sailing that’s for sure. Ru has a lot of fight in him, which is highly amusing! x

  4. 1st February 2015 / 10:54 pm

    That window seat is absolutely amazing! x

  5. abi
    2nd February 2015 / 7:05 am

    Ru is getting so big!

  6. mummydaddyme
    2nd February 2015 / 11:27 am

    We have had no snow at all here- I can’t believe it! I know exactly what you mean about the coming in waves. We definitely have stages here, they can be angels for a few weeks and then we have a week of challenging behaviour. It’s reassuring to know we are not alone. It looks like a lovely week despite the challenges. xx

    • 3rd February 2015 / 10:24 pm

      The snow seems to be coming at the most random times and places. I hope you get some soon. I’m glad we’re not alone too. Sometimes I panic and worry if we’re doing something wrong…but it’s just a phase. Thankfully! x

  7. lifeatthelittlewood
    4th February 2015 / 8:45 pm

    Oh bless them! Such cuties and such a capture of a sibling relationship too! Very sweet indeed. Hope this week is less challenging lovely xxx

    • 8th February 2015 / 10:00 pm

      Thanks Emma! This week was a dream…I don’t know how it works, but just when it gets tough children seem to sense it and turn things around. I’ve felt that many, many times xx

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Subscribe to Blog via Email