I am so honoured to be involved in the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers link up! Thank you to threesypeasy for the nomination!! I love reading her blog, with three under three I can definitely identify with so much of what she writes, and she does so with a wicked sense of humour! I guess with three under three if you don’t already have one, you have to develop one fast!!
Anyway, I couldn’t wait to make a start on my contribution, I love reading this kind of thing and getting to know more about the people I follow. The Sisterhood of the World Bloggers link up is a great way to connect with other bloggers around the world and make new friends. Each blogger puts together ten questions and nominates 7 others to answer and carry it forward.
Here are the rules;
•Thank the blogger who gave you the award and link back to their blog
•Answer the 10 questions given to you
•Nominate 7 bloggers for the award
•Write 10 questions for your nominees to answer
•Display the award on your blog or post
So, with the children distracted by In the night garden, I have approximately twenty minutes before they start whining to answer my questions set by threesypeasy
1.What do you like to do when you get some ‘me’ time?
With four children, “Me” time is something that I see very little of, but when I do get the chance then mainly, and rather boring I know, I like to read. Reading has always been my biggest escapism. I can completely lose myself in a book, in the characters, in the images they provoke and a good book will always inspire me to write.
I also love to shower in peace, eat my own food while its still hot, go to the bathroom alone and sleep.
2.Favourite thing to do as a family?
I was initially going to say go on holiday, to the beach or to the park. And then I reminded myself of just how hellish most of our days out have been and how at least three out of four of the children have cried, screamed, sulked or been struck down with rare illnesses. And so I shall play it safe and say snuggling up together on the couch, in our pyjamas, eating Wotsits or chocolate buttons, and watching Frozen for the five thousandth time. Those are my favourite moments.
3.Most embarrassing parenting moment?
There are far too many to choose from, my children literally embarrass me on a daily basis, but my most memorable moment was the time that Lewis, aged 3, not only laughed and pointed at a rather large gentleman at the car garage, but then proceeded to sing at the top of his voice, “Who ate all the pies?!” on repeat. I have never seen anybody go as red as the poor man in question, other than me of course!!!
4.Most proudest parenting moment?
It is way too hard to pick just one moment! I am so proud of my children, both together and individually, and there are far too many moments to choose! I think that one of my favourite moments was the very first time that I saw the four of them together after we had Harry. When I lay in my hospital bed, exhausted and in pain, and looked around at my four beautiful children I couldn’t believe that they were all mine, that I had made these perfect little people, and that they were mine to keep.
5.What’s the one piece of advice on life you would give to your kids?
Do what makes you happy. I think that is probably the most important thing that they can ever learn. I spent such a long time trying to make other people happy and ultimately, I ended up very unhappy myself. All I ever want for my children is for them to be happy, if you have true happiness then you can’t go wrong.
6.Why did you start you blog?
I have always loved writing and in my younger years had big plans to make a career out of it. But, as is always the case, life got in the way and somewhere between having my first and my last baby, my writing was very much placed on the back burner. After my fifth baby I became quite poorly and, needing something to focus on, I decided to start up my blog. Having spent the last three years pregnant or dealing with a new born, I needed something to re-engage my brain, keep me focused and remind myself of just how far I have come.
7.What’s been your biggest blogging pet peeve?
When someone beats you to your blog post!! I have written several blog posts and saved them in draft, waiting for a moment to finish editing them or for the right photos to attach. And then I have logged on and seen an almost identical post from another blogger and cursed myself for being so hesitant with my own blog, for not getting mine done in time and for having a whole back log of blog posts that I can no longer post for fear of someone thinking I have stolen their ideas!!
8. What do you love about blogging?
I love that I can write, and share, about our journey so far, the memories we have made, the things that the children have done and said that have made us laugh, made us cry, made us proud. In twenty, thirty years from now when my children are grown, perhaps parents themselves, I hope that they will read back over my blog and realise that we tried our very hardest to make them happy, to give them everything we possibly could and do the best job as parents that we knew how.
As someone who has lived with depression and anxiety my whole adult life, I love that I have somewhere to write down all of the thoughts in my head, however crazy, and to make sense of them all. I also love that I can help to break down the taboos of issues that are close to my heart – mental illness, recurrent miscarriage, infertility and stillbirth. I love that Josephs name is being heard, that his short life is being shared and that he is still, ten years later, touching the hearts of so many.
9.Whats your favourite movie?
Oh this is a tough one!! I really want to say something intellectual and yet I have to be honest, it’s a toss up between Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (the original!) and The Notebook.
10.If your life was a movie, what actors would you get to play you.
I would have to say Julia Roberts, mainly because I adore her and she has been my favourite actress since the very first time I watched Pretty Woman, and partly because, many moons ago, I was told by a visually impaired French man that I had a look of her. And although (sadly!) I really don’t, I still cling to that fact twenty years later!
And in turn I nominate
And here are my questions for you –
1. Which song would you choose as the soundtrack to your life?
2. What advice would you give to your 16 year old self?
3. How did you come up with the name of your blog?
4. If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
5. If you could choose to have any talent, what would it be?
6. What do you miss most about your life pre-children?
7. Will you still be blogging ten years from now?
8. Who is your favourite literary character and why?
9. What do you find hardest about being a parent?
10. Who do you most admire?
Good luck to my nominees, can’t wait for you all to share your answers.
Thanks again to threesypeasy for the nomination, it’s been a pleasure!!