Posted in January 2014

Please Don’t Grow Up

Please Don’t Grow Up

Dear Ben You’re still my baby, but not for long. You still gaze at me with your big eyes that say “pickmeuppickmeuppickmeup” and then snuggle into my neck when I hold you close. You still giggle with delight at your sister when she makes funny noises. You can be grouchy inside the house, but as … Continue reading

New Parents: This is What You DON’T Need

New Parents: This is What You DON’T Need

Two of my good friends are currently pregnant. So as a responsible A-type mother, I did what all born list-makers and spreadsheet lovers do and edited my most recent version of The List and jauntily sent it off to them via email. What is The List I can hear you asking? It’s a spreadsheet that’s … Continue reading

What Are You Afraid Of?

What Are You Afraid Of?

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about Fear, with a capital F. I know I keep going on about my skiing trip, but it taught me that I have a lot of fear inside me and I don’t want to be a person who is afraid all the time. Fear stops us achieving certain things. … Continue reading

Losing a Parent: How to Cope

Losing a Parent: How to Cope

Nothing and no one can prepare you for losing a parent. In fact, a friend likened it to having a baby, in that they are both life events that alter you completely, and no amount of advice or research can adequately prepare you for what the reality will be like. This is my Mom and … Continue reading

Extramural or extra ridiculous?

Extramural or extra ridiculous?

I’m sitting at my desk surrounded by piles of paper. Rachel came home today with forms for soccer, forms for music, forms for “a culinary program” and forms for drama. Did I mention that she’s three and a half? These are all extra-mural activities that children can do, on top of the already full program … Continue reading

So. Skiing.

So. Skiing.

Let me just say upfront that I was never from one of those fancy families who went skiing every December. Our family went to Port Alfred. Or the Kruger Park if we were feeling adventurous. So skiing and snow were always something very foreign to me. And then I did a season in Vail, Colorado … Continue reading

On Coming Back Down to Earth

On Coming Back Down to Earth

Today has not been the best day. I don’t write a blog because I like to moan, but blogging is also about being honest and not pretending that your life is all shiny and happy and perfect, all the time (if at all?!). There is always a comedown after a wonderful holiday – it’s only … Continue reading

10 Things I Learnt this Holiday

10 Things I Learnt this Holiday

Wow – what a trip. We saw so much. And did so much. And ATE so much. That it’s all a bit hard to distill at the moment. I’ve just come off a 30-hour journey: a train from Verbier at 6am to Geneva, then a flight to London Luton and then a train from there … Continue reading