The perfect parents

  I saw this picture on Facebook yesterday. An American family that I follow, had posted a picture of the husband, after he’d fitted their baby’s car seat, whom they’re excitedly waiting to arrive. So true to the picture above, along came the ‘perfect parents’ who said they’d fitted it wrongly! 

It made me wonder why some people are always telling parents that what they are doing is wrong? As parents, we are all trying to do our best, whether it’s toddlers or teenagers. Which is a tough job we can all acknowledge!

Since I’ve been blogging. It’s been so refreshing to see all the other parents, all supporting each other, offering advice and not judging others on the choices they make whilst raising their family.

Is there really such a think as a ‘perfect parent’…?

Enjoy your week

Lyn x


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Welcome to the family Olaf

          On Sunday we had a new addition to the family. After the sad demise of Sonic and a devasted Alexander, we decided to pop to our local pet shop for a new addition. Alexander had already decided he’d like a white gerbil or hamster and would call it Olaf! 

Olaf is a Syrian hamster and so cute! I think it was love at first sight for Alexander, he sat with him on his lap all the way home. 

Welcome to the family Olaf!


Goodbye Sonic


On Saturday we sadly woke up to find that Sonic the gerbil had passed away in his sleep. He was the eldest of five gerbils (don’t ask) and had lived to the ripe old age of 4 1/2, bless him! As gerbils go, he was a dear little chap, he’d very bravely cared for and protected his brother Chowder, when he passed away last year. So rest in peace little Sonic, we will miss you! 💕

Sunday photo 6

  Hunting through my old photos on Friday. I came across this absolutely gorgeous photo of my children. It brings  back so many memories. Especially how lucky I was, to be able to stay at home with them and enjoy those special times. This picture is approximately twelve years old. Lauren will be 16 In a couple of weeks and Alexander is 12! I thought I’d show  you, what they look like now!


                     Happy Sunday! X 


My week


On Sunday I was throughly spoilt by Lauren and Alexander. We had a lovely  day relaxing and visiting  my Mum and Mother in law.


Monday found me helping with the year seven orienteering at work. It was great fun but very cold!


I’ve been getting slightly bored with my current route I run. So on Tuesday, I had a little change and found another  route. 


I received my information pack from the British heart foundation, for the Bournemouth bay run, on Wednesday! No turning back now! 


Thursday was the second part of my course I’m doing for work. It’s been really useful and enjoyable.


This was the saddest day of the week. My lovely friend left work for pastures new. I must admit I will miss her terribly. We’ve known each other for several years. 

Hope you all had a good week. Not long until the Easter holidays!

My nearly teenage son

Following on from my favourite parts of living with teenagers. I thought I’d write down my favourite things about my boy! He’s nearly 13 and is turning into a lovely young man so:

This is for you Alexander.

  • You’ve always been a determined boy, right from the day you were born, five weeks early. That’s what I love so much about you. 
  • You’re not a push over and often will swear black is white!! 
  • You can be such a sensible lad, you always stick up for your Dad when I’m moaning about him! 
  • You often show such great maturity,especially when we received the bad news about Nanny. 
  • You have a great friendship group that help you stay on the straight and narrow. 
  • Yes you do make mistakes, like us all but you’re always sorry for this. 
  • You still don’t mind spending time with your daft old mother and listen to me talking about rubbish! 
  • The care you show towards the cats is heart melting, that’s why your bed is always the one they choose to sleep on. You spoil them with treats and they know that! 
  • When we go shopping together, you’re always such a gentleman and help carry the bags. 

    Love you son!

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Happy Mother’s Day 

Happy Mother’s Day to my wonderful and lovely Mummy!

This photo was taken whilst on holiday at Center Parcs. We had such a great time altogether, so much that we booked up to go again virtually the minute we got home!

My Mum means the world to me. I love her from the bottom of my heart. I’m so lucky to have her living just 10 minutes away, so I’m able to spend as much time with her as possible. Whether it’s taking her dog Bonnie for a walk together or popping out for coffee with her and My Dad.

She is always there for me and is always happy to help whenever she can. So thank you Mum for being the greatest Mummy in the world. X

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British heart foundation five km run

If I could go back in time. To this time last year and tell myself, that would be preparing for my first ever competitive running race. I’d would have more than likely had to pick myself off the floor after laughing so much! Put it this way, in all of my nearly 42 years, I have never ever run in a competitive race (unless you count the dreaded yearly event of cross country at school)! 

So here I am a year later preparing myself for 12 April, when I take part in the British Heart foundation, Bournemouth bay 5km run. I feel quite confident that I will be able to do it. At the moment I can run 5km in 33 minutes. It probably sounds strange; I’m actually excited about the race. The fact that all my family will be there to cheer myself and my sister on, makes me feel really proud of myself. The only sad thing about the race is my other sister was meant to be doing it with us, unfortunately  she had to pull out due to injury.

I’m now not only on the count down to Center Parcs but also my race! The best bit is I actually get a medal! I’ve never, ever won a medal. I think I’ll wear it to work on the Monday, like all the children do when they’ve won a medal!!

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If I could change one thing

If I could change one thing about myself, it would be…… To actually like doing housework! I hate it!! My twin sister Becky inherited the domestic Goddess gene from my Mum! Their houses are always beautifully clean, cupboards are tidy and they have absolutely no clutter at all!! How do they do it?? My cupboards are bursting at the seams  and I have piles of clutter!!  I have pretty rubbish excuses such as; my house is only small and we don’t have a lot of storage! 

This morning I’ve just spent the last 2 hours losing the will to live as I cleaned behind my sofa and dinning table. I must  try and keep on top of these jobs! The trouble is I can always think of 101 things to do than clean my house, especially when we are on holiday. 

I’ve tried many ways to get into a routine,  you name it I’ve probably tried it! I’m in a  sort of a routine at the moment, I currently don’t work on a Monday morning. So I’m able to tidy up then. The only problem is I’m easily distracted, I have a very short attention span! And now I’ve started blogging I’ve got another excuse not to tidy up!! 

Do you have any handy tips you could pass on? I loved to hear them!

Enjoy your week. I will now I’ve completed the dreaded house work!!

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