A Snap in Time- Family


This past weekend I encouraged the members of the Embrace Happy Facebook group to Get In The Frame and take a family photo. Mums spend far too little time being IN family pictures mainly because the picture taking responsibilities fall on our shoulders. If I hand Mark my smartphone to allow me to be in the photo, he starts to get nervous and twitchy mainly because he’s so worried about handling my phone!  Maybe I should get him his own point and shoot camera?

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So I took matters into my own hands on Saturday, while we were waiting for Mark to load up patio slabs at my in-law’s house. I took a few minutes to snap a few selfies with the kids. I either need longer arms (which clearly won’t be happening) or some sort of tool and remote shutter clicker. However,  I managed to capture 2 cute moments which makes me happy.

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Several of the Embrace Happy group members managed to click a selfie with their family so I knew that I needed to do the same. This past week hasn’t gone much to plan really and while we have had a good time, I had a real feeling that our fun holiday time was running out. You know the old-fashioned sand timers? That’s a bit how I have felt as our Easter holiday draws to a close. Monday is the last day and then it’s back to the routine. I will miss Ella. I will miss Mark. I love the time Sammy and I have together but it’s so lovely to have everyone home. I was grasping a bit too hard to happy on Sunday; trying too hard.

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We captured a few lovely family moments while we were at the Burghley House Easter Egg Hunt, in between Sammy’s tears and the cloudy day, mind you. It wasn’t our finest hour, to be honest. Sometimes I wonder if I am trying too hard. Maybe I am forcing the Happy? Trying to squeeze too much in?

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I then spent the afternoon cooking Easter dinner (roast chicken and all the fixings) for our little family of four and felt a bit lonely. I miss my family on holidays. I miss having quality time together with my favourite people in the world…those lovely people who complete my life…those lovely people in the frame with me.

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Monday is our last day of the holiday. I’m going to enjoy the day and capture the best moments to share with my friends and family. I’m going to remember that Happiness is a journey and not a destination. It’s not a contest to see how fast, how far, how many. It’s about taking baby steps to allow the sunshine in. I’m looking forward to sunshine on Monday and if it doesn’t come from that yellow ball in the sky, I am going to make my own sunshine. How will you make your own sunshine? Share with me on social media using the hashtag, #embracehappy.

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About Karin

Karin Joyce is a 40-something wife & mother who is helping to spread happiness one smile at a time. Karin is also a blogger and social media addict whom you may also know as Cafe Bebe. American by birth, UK permanent resident by marriage, Karin loves The Mentalist (specifically Simon Baker), her smartphone and lie-ins on Saturday mornings.

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