Our lives are so busy at times that it can be all too easy to focus only on the negative and tiring things that have happened during the week. To counteract this, every week I join the #HappyDaysLinky run by the lovely Katy (whatkatysaid.com) and Sian (quitefranklyshesaid.com) to reflect on all the moments of the past week that have made me happy.

This past week has been a hard one. I seem to have a never ending cold that came back hard this week, as well as a migraine, a grumpy and over tired L and then M off school Friday with a bad leg. I nearly didn’t write this post (in fact I’m a day late with it), but focusing on the happier moments always makes me feel better and realise that actually, although it’s been tough at times, there has been a lot to be happy about too:

  • Last Sunday we took my parent’s for a walk at Bollihope Burn. They always used to take me to another area of Bollihope when I was kid but they’d never seen this part so I’d been really looking forward to showing them. The weather was really grey and gloomy, the wind was heavy and we got wet, but every now and then the sun came out and it felt like summer again. We had a really great time and the weather made for some nice moody and atmospheric pictures.

collection of pictures from the hills of Bollihope Burn, very wet and gloomy and atmospheric

  • At the end of the walk my dad got a call from his brother to say that he was outside his house. As we were closer to mine he redirected him there. It turns out he had been on holiday in Scotland with his wife and three grown up daughters and they’d decided to call in on their way back south. To put this in perspective, the last time I saw them was at my wedding in 2003! They couldn’t stay long but it was nice to see everyone again and for the kids to meet them, especially as M is really into family history at the minute.
  • Last week was my first as the new #FamilyFun co-host and I really really enjoyed it. There were so many great posts linked up and and Karen and Sarah were fantastic at walking me through everything to get it all set up.
  • I joined Katy’s Decluttering Motherhood Facebook group and she has set us little tasks every day that have really helped me start the day in a good frame of mind and take charge of a few things.
  • Friday was mine and Keith’s 19th Anniversary (not wedding). We’ve now been together over half our lives!
  • Yesterday I met up with my best friend from school. We haven’t seen each other in over 3 years and our youngest kids (despite being born within weeks of each other) had never even met. The weather was miserable and we got rained on almost constantly, but it was really great to catch up and seeing the girls together melted my heart. We’re definitely not going to leave it as long next time!

Two little girls running down a hill with a castle tower in the background

  • M had a sleepover at my parent’s house last night. I had been planning on catching up on some work as soon as I got L to bed but I decided to do absolutely nothing instead. I curled up on the couch with a blanket and hit the boxsets. I’m a bit late to the party but thought I’d give Ray Donavon a try and ended up binge watching it all night; I’m hooked.


How about you? What has made you smile this week? Did you do anything nice at the weekend?

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14 thoughts on “Happy Days: Old Family and Friends

  1. Beautiful photo’s! Looks like a fantastic place to explore #familyfunlinky

    Posted on 18 September, 2017 at 10:16 am
  2. You’ve done so much, please say there were also days where you just sat in front of the TVs and ate donuts just to make me feel better 😆
    Mainy x

    Posted on 18 September, 2017 at 5:18 pm
  3. Yay for meeting old friends, especially with similar ages of kids. Ive done this the past couple of years, it’s always a tad one sided with me organising the meet but I feel it’s worth it. Long distant family meets too, i only ever tend to see my southern family at weddings or big parties. It’s when I swing by a happy post that I realise I miss the weekly writing of my happy moments. Next year I’ll start again!!

    Posted on 18 September, 2017 at 6:24 pm
  4. That walk looks so lovely! So great to enjoy with all the family, too. #familyfunlinky

    Posted on 18 September, 2017 at 8:08 pm
  5. Sounds like you had a lovely yet busy week so well done you for curling up on the couch! Thank you for hosting 🌟 #familyfun

    Posted on 18 September, 2017 at 8:37 pm
  6. Such lovely things here! I love the sound of spending an evening doing nothing. Binge watching is the best! #familyfunlinky

    Posted on 18 September, 2017 at 10:29 pm
  7. I love this idea – a post focusing on your happy moments in your week! Sometimes we lose sight of those when kids are sick, or life just gets too busy and hectic. I hope you enjoy this week, and that everyone is happy and healthy!
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    Posted on 19 September, 2017 at 1:40 am
  8. This sounds like such a wonderful place to visit. Lovely photos and great for the family x #happydays

    Posted on 19 September, 2017 at 11:30 am
  9. It’s really nice to be able to appreciate the good times, especially during the bad times. I try to do that in my own life as well, though I’m not always successful, especially when I’m sick so kuddos to you for doing just that:) I’m so glad you’re hosting #FamilyFunLink

    Posted on 19 September, 2017 at 1:34 pm
  10. Your photos from Bollihope are great! It’s a shame the weather wasn’t better though.
    We’ve watched some Ray Donovan too, I quite enjoyed it but I don’t know where we were up to… I think we need to have a look at it again. #FamilyFunLinky

    Posted on 19 September, 2017 at 9:50 pm
  11. I hope you are feeling better now – the colds have just descended in our house! That is great you got to see them after so many years – so hard when people live so far away! Thank you for joining in #HappyDaysLinky every week, it has meant so much. Sadly last week was the last xx

    Posted on 20 September, 2017 at 10:44 am
  12. Sounds like you’ve been doing lots of catching up! #familyfunlinky
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    Posted on 24 September, 2017 at 10:35 pm
  13. Amazing scenery and such a lovely family outing! What a stunning place to explore and meet up with friends. #FamilyFun

    Posted on 2 October, 2017 at 5:21 pm
    1. Thank you x

      Posted on 3 October, 2017 at 11:14 am