Wow what an October it was. The mildest one I can remember and we had a great time even through all the sickness that plagued us during the month, however, as always the small stuff is what made it a month to remember. We started our month with an epic trip to London with Superbreak, in fact it was the best family weekend we have ever had in London. We saw the poppies at the Tower, saw the amazing Matilda, visited the Art of Brick and stuffed ourselves silly!
John Lewis are running a campaign about childhood toys and this week are talking all about model trains and to celebrate this asked me to share with you my memories of my favorite childhood toy. My childhood is filled with the toy I had and the one I really wanted, but never got! My most loved toy would have had to be my multistory Sindy House. It was something that I never thought I would own. I remember the joy at coming down on Christmas morning to find it under a candy striped sheet. I spent so many hours playing with it and all the accessories that my mum and dad […]
How to you record your kids first day of school. Since mine have been small I have taken a picture of them all decked out in their uniform with a list of their likes. I love capturing all that first day excitement with my boys and it is a great way to see how much they have changed year on year. So I have put together a great roundup of ways to record that first day at school.
May has been a long month, or so it seems to me. It has been filled with two Bank Holidays the first which was full of sunshine, gardening and laughter, the other rain, but also so much joy and laughter too. It has also been a month filled with #SmallStuff This month we took the puppy on holiday to Sand le Mere with us. It is wonderful to be able to take your dog on a holiday as we found out. it makes for lots of family walks and talks along the way. It means that you look out for family and gof friendly places and trust me there are out […]
Any mum will know that you spend a large part of your time taking photographs of your child. They grow so fast and their baby days are fleeting so it’s no wonder that we want to get so many snaps. But, just how many ways are there to document a year in the life of your child? Turns out there are a lot and they are getting more and more creative. Photographing Pregnancy Whilst some mum’s may not consider pregnancy to be the pinnacle of their beauty, when you look back on it you realise just how special a time it really is. In reality it is a time that should […]
They all tell you the same cliches:
You won’t know that you did with yourself before they came along
There is nothing quite like being a mother
You will have so much respect for your mother once you are one
They grow up so fast
We heard them all and so many more, but we didn’t listen. We had waiting many a long year to have a child. We both longed for children, but had convinced ourselves and each other that we were fine as a couple and that we couldn’t keep on trying and failing at being parents. Then one day we had a little boy and then 15 months later another new born. Those first years past by in a blur of nappies, exhaustion, feeding and joy, inescapable joy. I can not put into words how lucky we are to have two amazing, unique and challenging children.
Those children that each night before bed we both go and watch sleep, just as we did from the first day we brought each of them home. It is part of our nighttime routine. MadDad goes to one door and I the other, then we pass on the landing as we swap. Then we move on to our room safe that we have breathed in a special piece of our family to infuse our sleep with. I like to use the excuse that I want to make sure they are tucked in and their lights are off and books off the best, but in truth I want to just watch them and breathe in their smell.
Even as I grew up and had a family of my own, my mum always encouraged me to cook and I realised that she had given me a firm foundation in the kitchen and love of seasonal produce. I know you are only a dish, but I cried a little last night for a woman that I miss so much and then when I saw you in the bin this morning I cried a little more for the time in my life you represent.
Yes, I know my mum would be saying “it is just a dish Jen” and indeed it is, but also a thousand memories were baking inside it and it will always hold a place in my heart.
One of the hardest things for me about clearing out mums house if that I have had the urge to keep everything. Even the things that I used to think were tat and rubbish. My heart associates all these things with my mum. Finally we are getting to the end of the long journey of clearing the house of over 35 years of detritus and my niece will be moving in to continue the tradition of the house being a family home. She will be keeping a lot of the furniture and other stuff, so we haven’t had to deal with clearing everything, but it has been an experience I am […]