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Me, hubby, Jessica and Sophie at the Land's End to John O'Groats Association awards evening with the Jack Adams-Richard Elloway trophy

Me and Mine: January 2017 – A trophy for Sophie

The thing I love most about the Me and Mine project is capturing moments and memories of the four of us as a family.  Looking back each month; seeing the little changes as the children get bigger and revisiting memories of the things we’ve done as a family.


Back in August last year, I shared three photos for my Me and Mine project.… Read more

Me and Mine – December 2016

Christmas for me has always been about spending time with family – turning off the phone and the TV and just focusing on being together and having fun.  The period from Christmas until New Year is the one time of the year when hubby gets to properly switch off (the joys of running a business!) and we get to enjoy family time without any distractions.… Read more

Siblings – December 2016

This time of year is all about the magical moments. One of my favourite things about preparing for Christmas with two small children is seeing their excitement as it draws closer. The first thing the girls ask me each morning is if they can open their “chocolate calendar” and in the evenings, they take it in turns to add a picture to our Advent scene and open one of the books in the Advent book calendar.… Read more

Friday Focus 25/11/16 – A little bit of company

Being at home all day with Sophie means we spend a lot of time on our own – just the two of us.  We get out and about, go for walks in nearby parks but it’s still just us two. As much as I love being with my children, I do feel a little lonely sometimes.  This week though, I’ve enjoyed plenty of adult company while still spending time with my children.  Two of my sisters have come to stay (not at the same time); I’ve enjoyed time catching up with a university friend and a lovely day out with my in-laws at the RHS Wisley Christmas craft fayre.  With hubby having another busy week and working long hours, the adult company has been even more appreciated.… Read more

Me and Mine – October 2016

Family moments have been few and far between this month as hubby has been working away from home for most of it.  There has been the odd day here and there when he is home but otherwise it’s just been me and the girls.

Hubby, me, Jessica and Sophie at church for Jessica's enrolment into Girls' Brigade - Me and Mine: October 2016

It’s hard when hubby is away.  The girls miss him and we have the odd tearful moment here and there when they just want Daddy home again and tell me to “magic him home.” Oh, if only it were that easy!  I miss having adult conversation in the evening and a second pair of hands to help with the children in the mornings (and occasionally bedtime although hubby is rarely home before the girls go to bed even when he isn’t away).  We adjust and we get used to it just being the three of us, but something always feels slightly out-of-kilter until hubby comes back home again.… Read more

Now you are three

Darling Sophie

Today you are three years old.  Those three years since you were born have passed by in the blink of an eye.  No longer a baby, no longer really a toddler – you are a little girl who likes to be as independent as possible.  “I can do it myself!” is a phrase I hear frequently – and you are determined to at least give it a try even if you sometimes do end up asking “can you help me, Mummy?”  I love your determination and your willingness to try.… Read more

Jessica and Sophie at the PlayStation Kids and Parenting Showcase

Siblings – October 2016

I wondered how Jessica starting school would affect the bond between my girls, but being separated during the day seems to have brought them even closer.  Pick-up time always brings so much joy and it was wonderful to see their delight at being reunited again.  Sophie has adjusted well to being on her own at home during the day and I’m enjoying that one-to-one time with Sophie that I’ve never really had before.  It still feels a little odd to head out on an adventure without my big girl coming along for the ride, but it is nice to be able to give Sophie my full attention.  Sophie’s personality seems to be blossoming as a result and it’s lovely to see.… Read more

Me and Mine – September 2016

Jessica’s birthday at the beginning of September always feels like the big transition point in the year. Somehow the change in seasons always feels more acute in September than at any other time. Maybe it is the change in the weather as summer ends and autumn starts – a change that always brings a feeling of sadness that another beautiful summer has come to an end.  Maybe it is the realisation of the passing of time and how quickly my babies are growing up.  Maybe it is just having to go back to normality and everyday routines once again.… Read more