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Keep On Keeping On

If you had asked me 10 years ago what my biggest fear was, pretty high up on that list would be my children one day being in therapy. Before you right me off as utterly shallow, the bigger things like nuclear war and my child running out in front of a bus, would also have been on that list, but honestly? […] Read more…

Take 5: Ups and Downs

Welcome to Friday folks. It’s a nice feeling knowing that we have a 3 day weekend ahead isn’t it? We are planning a visit to The Teenager on Saturday, some time in the garden on Sunday and on Monday, we would like to introduce our other two children to the joys of badminton. We’ve joined a new gym […] Read more…

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Springfree Trampolines – How Old is Too Old?

The wealth of ‘stuff’ available to entertain our kids nowadays, is quite incredible. As more and more of it involves a screen and less and less of it the great outdoors, I get quite excited when I spot something that I think will tear my kids away from their beloved electronics. A little over nine years ago, we […] Read more…

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Take 5: On Being Brave

“I just live for Fridays” declared my youngest daughter yesterday. She’s hating school at the moment (something that needs exploring) and absolutely adores her youth club on a Friday night. I chuckled with her but kind of felt a bit sad too – should we be wishing away Monday through to Thursday, until we reach the jackpot? […] Read more…

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Loud ‘n’ Proud 19.05.16

It’s been a little while since I’ve hosted Loud ‘n’ Proud but I’m back and I’ve missed it. I love to read the reasons – big and small – as to why you’re proud of your loved ones and I equally enjoy sharing my own posts. The last month or so has been unbelievably hard for us. […] Read more…

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Stop the Silence

Did you know that this week is Mental Health Awareness Week? I didn’t. Not until Facebook started showing me regular posts on mental health. Facebook is clever like that – it has realised that this is a subject I am now ‘interested’ in and therefore want to see more of. And it isn’t wrong. I might not have chosen to be […] Read more…

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Take 5: Nothing but Everything

We have all spent much of this week missing our fifth family member. For me, it has been the sound of her bashing out a new tune on the piano that I’ve missed the most. On Tuesday night, I suddenly realised that actually, I haven’t heard her play the piano for months. That’s when the sadness caught in my throat again and […] Read more…

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A Labour of Love – Teenage Girl’s Bedroom

The ‘Labour of Love’ that is my teenage daughter’s bedroom, is finally complete. Yay! She had been after a new bedroom for a good while – a little hint here, an almighty shove there. I finally relented and promised it for her 16th birthday. She hadn’t forgotten. Funny how children never forget when it’s in their best […] Read more…

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Now You Are Sixteen 

Today The Teenager turns sixteen. I’ve deliberated over what to write, or whether to write anything at all. I’ve mentally constructed ‘Sweet Sixteen’ letters, words of advice and sentimental reflections. The truth is, I don’t know what to write. But I do know that I don’t want this birthday to go by without a mention. […] Read more…

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Take 5: A New Normal

Despite the sadness that we are currently dragging around like a lead weight every day, we have attempted to regain some kind of ‘normality’ this week. The OH and I have returned to work and ‘It’ is back to getting his regular walks up at our local field. One thing we have enjoyed this week is some […] Read more…

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One Day at a Time

Today should have been the first of The Teenager’s GCSE exams. She had opted to retake English this year because when she took it last summer (a year early) she “only got a B”. We had discouraged her from re-sitting the exam – a B is perfectly respectable after all – but her school were all […] Read more…

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When Life Deals a Harsh Blow

You might have noticed that my blog has been pretty quiet of late. Many of you have asked if we are ok; it’s nice to know that we have been missed. For the most part, I’ve brushed it off, but when the harsh realities of life hit you square between the eyes, you need time […] Read more…

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Photo of the Week 17: My Girl

This is my girl doing what she does best – entering a dressage competition without telling her mum! You will know by now that The Teenager loves nothing better than a challenge.  Bearing in mind that last time, her naughty pony threw her off mid-course resulting in a disqualification, this was going to be some […] Read more…

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It’s Not All Bad. Promise.

Remember when you used to dream about being a parent? When you thought that a baby might be the ribbon on that ‘perfect life’ parcel. How did you imagine it would be? Delicious scented babies wrapped in warm fluffy towels? Happy girls in pig-tails, skipping along the road holding mummy’s hand? I’m willing to bet that it didn’t involve a screaming red infant whose […] Read more…

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