Gentle parenting - Raising siblings - Camping and travelling
31st December 2018
2018 in little squares
So this is the last day of 2018 they say. It’s been quite a ride I could say, sort of a roller coaster, though luckily it’s been kind to us overall, we definitely can’t complain. Looking through my Instagram feed, it’s interesting to remember so many things that have happened throughout the year, and I only got a glimpse as this is how those little squares work, they offer just a glimpse of someone’s life, including my own. However, it was still a nice journey back in time scrolling through the photos, so I’ve selected some of them just to have a review of 2018 and to make up for my absence around here.
March was also the month in which we planned and booked 10 camping trips – 3 of them were in a simple heated pod (in April and May), 7 of them in our tent (from June to August). A total of around 21 nights. And somehow we were extremely lucky and managed to actually go on each and every trip, as cold or doctor’s appointments were somehow happening between the trips!
April was also about going to the seaside in Brighton, going to the theater with friends for “Tiddler” live on stage, visiting Tunbridge Wells for the first time and then Tonbridge Castle.
And a major art project was ongoing then: “Minerva’s Owls of Bath 2018 is a major public art sculpture trail featuring a giant flock of over 80 individually decorated, super-sized owl sculptures displayed across the World Heritage city of Bath.”
August also included a visit to Battersea Zoo, Swanley Park and Mayfield Lavender.
What wasn’t captured in these photos posted on my Instagram feed? The struggle we put up to find a new flat to rent. The work my husband did transforming an old van into a motorhome (still work-in-progress). My kids turning 5 and 3. My son finishing Reception and starting Year 1 and my daughter starting pre-school. The ice cream we ate (tons of it!). The friends and family we spent time with. The lessons I learned about listening to and being myself more. The sleepless nights. The challenges we faced as parents trying to do our best every day. The minimalist way of living we started to aim for. The painful hysterescopy and Mirena coil failure. The tears and the laughter. The ups and downs. Life, as it is. And that’s not because I was hiding anything. But no feed presents the real life, it would be impossible. Every feed presents just moments, simple pieces of a huge puzzle we might never get to see. Just keep that in mind when you admire someone’s feed on social media.