It’s the Little Things Link-Up

Today I am participating in my first link-up! I was thrilled to learn about this link series with Jess and Ashley because the topic is just perfect for my blog theme.


My special little moment happened on a busy Saturday the week after Christmas. Our Saturdays tend to be filled with many errands after Elin’s Gymboree class and this weekend was no different. In fact, we went on many extra errands for post-holiday storage containers and specialty items. Elin is always very good in the car and even though I know she doesn’t enjoy shopping and errands, she is usually pretty good—today was no exception. Despite the recent cold, it was sunny and unusually warm for that time of year, so after being cooped up in the car, I decided to take Elin to our local park. We got lucky and there was hardly anyone there! This was not surprising since it was a holiday weekend in December but, it was so nice out. Elin had such a blast swinging and getting some time outdoors.


As I was swinging her and watching her smile and giggle, I kept thinking about how it was so nice to do an activity that was completely for her benefit and not be distracted by anything. If I am playing at home with Elin, I get distracted by looking around the room and noticing all the toys that need put away or looking at the floors that need to be vacuumed. Even the dogs will come along and distract me by barking or demanding to be petted (they are still jealous about sharing time with Elin). At the park, I find that I can completely focus on her and be more in the moment with her. I make it a point to never have my phone out texting or sending emails. If my phone is out at the park, it’s solely to take pictures of Elin.

It was just one of those moments that was simple but sweet and reminded me to make time to completely focus on her and nothing else. Even though she is not old enough to completely tell me what she would rather to be doing throughout the day, her smiles and attitude let me know she was appreciative of a spontaneous side trip to the park in December.



  1. Stopping by from the Simple Things link up today! Our little girls are the same age! I love her happy face on the swing – just so sweet. 🙂 Welcome to blogging! I technically have had one since I got pregnant but I only really got into in this past August and I’m still small and ok with that. It is a great way to document the little ones so enjoy making the space your own! 🙂

  2. Love this SO much! Thanks for linking up and sharing with us! I’m a new follower 🙂

  3. Adorable! These truly are the simple things that bring us joy in life! Looking forward to reading more of your sweet blog!

    xoxo- Kelly

  4. i LOVE this. its so true. i find myself getting so distracted sometimes- i always try to remember to take a step back and just focus on lex! elin is SO cute!!

  5. So sweet to spend a little time just focusing on Elin. So true that even in the home when you are playing with your little one you still have a lot of distractions. Great idea to get out and have a little all about Elin time! You can certainly tell she enjoyed herself from that adorable smile =) Stopping by from the link-up.

  6. Love this! So sweet and precious. And a great reminder. Thanks for sharing!

    Stopping by from the linkup


  7. How sweet! I try to do one thing a day that is JUST for Liam! The park is one of our favorite places. I’m even trying to better about using my real camera so Liam doesn’t always see my phone out.

  8. Hi! I found you through the link-up! Welcome to the blogging world! I started blogging last summer and love it! I also wanted a way to document things as my kiddos grow. My son is three and a half and my daughter is 22 months.

  9. oh what a beautiful post! I am really loving this link-up, too! I love your take on it!

  10. THANK YOU for linking up with us & welcome to the blogging world! LOVE, love your post and can totally relate! What a sweetie you have!

  11. First off, welcome to blogging! I’m excited to follow along with you! Love that last picture of your little lady in the swing. She looks so happy!

  12. She has the sweetest smile! I also “reward” my daughter for good behavior after grocery shopping. We stop by the park and I let her swing. It’s such a wonderful moment to see them smile and laugh and know that you have no distractions!

  13. I LOVED this post. I have the exact same park phone rule too. It’s so easy to get distracted.

    Super cute blog! I’m digging the chevron 🙂

  14. Aww, her smile on that swing is so precious! I love this reminder to make time for activities our little ones want to do, even if they can’t ask for it.

  15. LOVE this. Definitely hits home for me too.


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