Just breathe

As I sit on the bank of the river, savouring the sunshine and delighting in the deliciously warm Spring breeze that tickles my skin and dances with my hair, I let myself breathe.

Just breathe.

Watching the gentle flow of the river and the City Cats and ferries that busily cross it, I smile.

I sit with my family, our picnic blanket marking our patch of green. A summer salad, some bread rolls – a simple dinner.

Baby Smiley is getting up to mischief preferring to munch on leaves rather than her dinner. We watch her in adoration as she marvels over a single blade of grass that she twists and turns in her clumsy fingers. ‘Bub, bub, bub,’ she babbles happily.

Meanwhile, Curly-locks finds it difficult to contain her excitement leaping up from the picnic blanket every time she sees a boat approaching.

‘Quickly, quickly, Mummy, Daddy, quickly, see a boat,’ she cries out in her sing song voice.

When I tell her that the little boat sailing past with a light at the top of its short mast is in fact Iggle Piggle’s boat, her eyes open in wonder. She is, for the first time all afternoon, speechless.

I share a smile with Dave. No words are needed. We are blessed.

With dusk upon us, we start to pack up.

‘It’s midnight, Mummy,’ Curly-locks announces.

‘It’s midnight. We need to hurry.

‘It’s midnight. It’s midnight,’ she continues to chant all the way to the car.

As I buckle her into her car seat she asks me what midnight means.

I laugh realising it’s been a while since I’ve felt this happy.

This break to routine was just what I, we, needed. I marvel at how the littlest of outings could have such a big impact.

The stress of the last few weeks threatened to crumble us all last week, but this break, this long weekend, has given us all the breather we needed.

Our troubles haven’t gone away, our problems are not solved, but we’ve had a chance to give ourselves a rest. To be kind to ourselves, to slow down, to simplify, to breathe.

Just breathe.

Have you had a chance to just breathe and slow down lately?

 

67 comments on Just breathe

  1. Lydia C. Lee
    October 8, 2013 at 6:00 am (4 years ago)

    Glad you got some respite…here’s hoping it’s recharged you for this short week.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      October 8, 2013 at 9:16 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks Lydia. I’m very grateful for this short week!

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  2. Bec | Mumma Tells
    October 8, 2013 at 6:32 am (4 years ago)

    Beautiful Renee. It’s those moments of calm and soaking up the simplicity of life that so just so… refreshing. Things will settle. You’ll find a new rhythm. But until then, keep finding moments to enjoy the good life. X

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      October 8, 2013 at 9:20 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you so much for your kind words, Bec. I’m glad I’m realising finally that sometimes you just need to chill and enjoy the simple things x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      October 8, 2013 at 9:20 pm (4 years ago)

      Lol. Thanks Deb. She sure is a little card πŸ˜‰ x

      Reply
  3. Lisa aka Lybliss
    October 8, 2013 at 6:51 am (4 years ago)

    A gorgeous post Renee, what a beautiful way to de-stress and refocus on what is truly important. I hope you have found a way to carry a little bit of that bliss with you today xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      October 8, 2013 at 9:22 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you, Lisa. I sure did. It’s amazing what a little break can do x

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  4. lizzy allan - muddle-headed mamma
    October 8, 2013 at 7:42 am (4 years ago)

    I love this Renee. The spring breeze, a summer salad, a baby babbling happily, a little girl filled with wonder and awe – what a beautiful account of your picnic by the river bank. You’re so right, sometimes we just need to step back, slow down and take a deep breath.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      October 8, 2013 at 9:23 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you so much, Lizzy πŸ™‚ I’m glad you enjoyed it πŸ™‚

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  5. Aroha @ Colours of Sunset
    October 8, 2013 at 8:22 am (4 years ago)

    A couple of times over the school holidays I had a chance to just relax, breathe and just be. It’s so important isn’t it? We forget though, that we needed it, until we do it! I hope you can find a lot more moments like this one, and more often xo Aroha

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      October 8, 2013 at 9:25 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks Aroha πŸ™‚ You’re totally right. It’s so easy to stretch ourselves so far before we realise that we need to take some time out. Hopefully I won’t let it get this far next time. I’m glad you’ve had a chance to take some time out over the school holidays xo

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  6. Toni
    October 8, 2013 at 9:14 am (4 years ago)

    I can’t wait to have family picnics. Glad you got a break and time to slow down and enjoy your babies.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      October 8, 2013 at 9:26 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks Toni πŸ™‚ Yes, the family picnics are serious of fun. You have so much to look forward to with your little bub πŸ™‚

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  7. Kerri
    October 8, 2013 at 10:02 am (4 years ago)

    Lovely! Life’s all about those moments when we breathe and reflect upon all the good things around us.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      October 8, 2013 at 9:26 pm (4 years ago)

      That’s right, Kerri πŸ™‚ If only we could remind ourselves to do it more often πŸ™‚

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  8. JodiGibson (@JFGibsonWriter)
    October 8, 2013 at 11:01 am (4 years ago)

    So glad to hear you are feeling happier. A little break from everything to remind us of what happiness and family feels like makes such a difference. Sounds like it was perfect x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      October 8, 2013 at 9:29 pm (4 years ago)

      It sure does make a difference, Jodi. It’s amazing what that break to the mundane can do xx

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  9. Author Bek Mugridge
    October 8, 2013 at 1:40 pm (4 years ago)

    Just beautiful. It really is so important to have these special times in our lives, they are the everything. XX

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      October 8, 2013 at 9:30 pm (4 years ago)

      They sure are, Bek. I’ve just come over from your post and seen how you’re enjoying your own special times in the garden with your babes xo Just lovely.

      Reply
  10. Josefa @always Josefa
    October 8, 2013 at 2:31 pm (4 years ago)

    Oh I especially do love this line “To be kind to ourselves, to slow down, to simplify, to breathe.” How easily we forget that this is all we need. A beautiful post, such a perfect outing xx Josefa from #teamIBOT

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      October 8, 2013 at 9:31 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks Josefa πŸ™‚ I know, it’s crazy that we forget that it doesn’t take much to make a big difference πŸ™‚ x

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  11. EssentiallyJess
    October 8, 2013 at 3:18 pm (4 years ago)

    Oh I love those moments!
    I’ve felt pressured and crazy lately, but I’ve managed to secure two shifts less of work a week and I’m feeling much more human and like I can breathe again now. The break from routine always helps

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      October 8, 2013 at 9:32 pm (4 years ago)

      It sure does! That’s great you’ve been able to cut down on your hours a little. Hopefully that will give you the chance to breathe. I don’t know how you do it all!

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  12. Bec @ Wholly Listening
    October 8, 2013 at 7:26 pm (4 years ago)

    Beautifully written – I could almost see the joy and wonder in your daughter’s eyes. I also found this long weekend to be just the break we needed. These moments are precious.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      October 8, 2013 at 9:33 pm (4 years ago)

      That’s great, Bec. I think there’s plenty of us around who were aching for that little bit of extra time off. I’m glad you were able to grab some down time too πŸ™‚

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  13. Zanni Louise
    October 8, 2013 at 7:38 pm (4 years ago)

    Sounds like just what you needed! xx

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  14. Tegan
    October 8, 2013 at 8:15 pm (4 years ago)

    It’s so nice to take time out and just enjoy each other isn’t it? When we need to do that, we head to the beach and just walk along the water, watching Mr 4 splashing in the waves.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      October 8, 2013 at 9:33 pm (4 years ago)

      Oh I just love the beach. There’s something about the ocean that is so relaxing. We will definitely have to head there soon!

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  15. Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me
    October 8, 2013 at 9:08 pm (4 years ago)

    Not really – but I know I need to soon, I can feel the stress building up in my back.
    I’m VERY happy that you got this much-needed time out lovely!! x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      October 8, 2013 at 10:03 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you! And make sure you take some time out soon too, k?! πŸ˜‰ x

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  16. Kathy
    October 8, 2013 at 9:24 pm (4 years ago)

    I can feel the sense of calm and contentment behind your words. I reckon we can cope (most of the time) with the rush and chaos if we allow ourselves precious moments like these – the ones that will be remembered by our kids as well as us. Hope the shorter work week treats you well.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      October 8, 2013 at 10:04 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you, Kathy. You are spot on as per usual. I hope you have a lovely short week too!

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  17. Emma Fahy Davis
    October 8, 2013 at 9:32 pm (4 years ago)

    I’m glad you have been able to take a few moments to catch your breath, adjusting to any change in routine takes time, especially one as massive as returning to work! Hang in there mama xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      October 8, 2013 at 9:52 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks Mama πŸ™‚ You’re my hero with all of those kids!

      Reply
  18. Lara @ This Charming Mum
    October 8, 2013 at 10:06 pm (4 years ago)

    What a lovely post. About the only good thing about periods of stress is that you do gain a fresh appreciation of the little things. We headed to Caloundra for a swim on Monday, spur of the moment. It was similarly a day of just being happy. No big plans or achievements. No rush to be anywhere. Lovely. I hope you can carry that deep breath feeling with you as the stress picks up again.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      October 9, 2013 at 6:06 am (4 years ago)

      Thanks Lara. Those spur of the moment days are the best aren’t they?! I’m glad you guys had a relaxing time too!

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  19. Lisa@RandomActsOfZen
    October 8, 2013 at 10:09 pm (4 years ago)

    Beautiful writing Renee, I could just about feel the breeze πŸ™‚
    It’s good to hear that you got a little break, we all need it sometimes. xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      October 9, 2013 at 6:16 am (4 years ago)

      Thanks Lisa:) I hope you had a lovely weekend too x

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  20. Sonia Life Love Hiccups
    October 9, 2013 at 6:06 pm (4 years ago)

    Love this Renee – ou just totally inspired me to go picnkiking this weekend too πŸ™‚ I did finally after weeks of craziness take some time over the weekend to just breathe and it was EXACTLY what I needed. Glad you got too take some time out from the craziness too hun xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      October 9, 2013 at 8:46 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks Sonia. You totally should go picnicking! I’m glad you managed to take some time out on the weekend too. If only we did it more often xx

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  21. Maxabella
    October 10, 2013 at 8:38 pm (4 years ago)

    I’m sorry you’ve been going through such a tough time, Renee, but wow, what a gorgeous post this is. I am guilty of not treasuring these moments (and there are always so many of them, really, aren’t there!) enough. Thank you. x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      October 10, 2013 at 9:12 pm (4 years ago)

      Yes there are! We just need to slow down, open our eyes and see them πŸ™‚ Thanks for your kind words x

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  22. Katie (@mumabytes)
    October 10, 2013 at 8:41 pm (4 years ago)

    Renee, it’s SO nice to read this. I remember your previous posts about some of the difficulties you’ve had with returning to work, and it’s just so nice to hear you enjoying time with your most loved people. I’m doing exactly the same. My husband returned home after living on the other side of the world for the past few years. It’s been extrememly challenging for us, but he’s back and we have been savouring every moment together. Having all of us together and safe gives me so much perspective and happiness. Have a wonderful weekend with your crew xo

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      October 10, 2013 at 9:13 pm (4 years ago)

      Wow Katie! I had no idea your husband had been living on the other side of the world. What an amazing job you’ve done coping. I’m so glad to hear you’re all back together now and can create some beautiful memories together. Have a great weekend too x

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  23. Lynda @HomeleaLass
    October 10, 2013 at 8:50 pm (4 years ago)

    The long weekend was a great for unwinding and enjoying the spring weather.

    I love how you’ve written this post; I could feel you joy and contentment as I was reading.

    Cheers,
    Lynda.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      October 10, 2013 at 9:14 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks Lynda! Yes, I think that long weekend was perfect timing for a lot of people πŸ™‚

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  24. Mandy
    October 10, 2013 at 9:15 pm (4 years ago)

    It is so true, this work life balance is bloody hard. But simple things and back to basics with your family always remind you what is important and teach you ways to cherish that time.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      October 10, 2013 at 9:30 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks Mandy. Getting back to basics is definitely the key πŸ™‚

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  25. Shelley @ Money Mummy
    October 10, 2013 at 9:30 pm (4 years ago)

    So glad you got to recharge. It is so important just to take the time and have some fun. Something so simple, but so easy it is so easy to forget!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      October 10, 2013 at 9:31 pm (4 years ago)

      That’s right, Shelley. It’s so easy to run around on auto pilot that you forget what’s important.

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  26. Sally
    October 11, 2013 at 3:24 am (4 years ago)

    What a precious moment indeed. So glad that you had time to breathe, to soak it all in … and write it all down.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      October 11, 2013 at 6:23 am (4 years ago)

      Thanks Sally. The writing in itself is a lovely chance to breathe πŸ™‚

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  27. Emily
    October 11, 2013 at 7:40 am (4 years ago)

    Lovely. You’ve captured it well. Glad you enjoyed the moment x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      October 11, 2013 at 1:28 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks Emily πŸ™‚

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  28. Grace
    October 12, 2013 at 9:35 pm (4 years ago)

    It’s great when we’re able to laugh again. So good for the soul. x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      October 13, 2013 at 8:48 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks Sam. I hope you get to take some time out soon πŸ™‚

      Reply
  29. Kylez @ A Study in Contradictions
    October 20, 2013 at 3:55 pm (4 years ago)

    Life has been way too busy for us at the moment, it’s just been go, go, go since September and I don’t think it’s going to stop anytime soon. Now that the weather is warmer Dave and I have been talking about taking the girls to the river for the afternoon this week now that Punky is at daycare on a Monday and we have this Friday all to ourselves, but with the fires at the moment there is a big chance we won’t be able to go as they’ll be too close. Can’t believe that a few months ago it was flooding stopping us from having a picnic at the river and now it’s fires. It’s a crazy world we live in. So glad to hear you got to have some time out and just relax. It’s times like that that help you get through the tough times don’t you think?

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      October 20, 2013 at 9:00 pm (4 years ago)

      It sure does, Kylie. I know, it’s crazy and heartbreaking the extremes mother nature is throwing at us. Take care with those fires around!!

      Reply
  30. Tanya floodproofmum
    October 21, 2013 at 3:44 pm (4 years ago)

    Life is too short not to take these precious moments when they arise. Good on you for doing so, and taking the time to share this moment with us. Priceless.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      October 21, 2013 at 8:52 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you so much, Tanya πŸ™‚

      Reply

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