Our Girls

A Trip Down Memory Lane…

When I first found out that I was expecting Ella, one April morning almost eleven years ago now, I knew that I would want to remember everything.  I knew that if I didn’t record it, all the details would eventually fade over time.  I also knew that I would be devastated if that happened.  And so I…

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Harry Potter Book Night

The first Thursday in February every year is a very special evening… it’s Harry Potter Book Night! Our local branch of Waterstones always holds a brilliant event in celebration of all things Harry Potter related, and other bookshops and libraries all over the globe put on special events for fans young and old. Last year Ella and I went…

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Let Her Grow

I remember as a child I was desperate to grow up.  I wanted more independence than I was allowed – I begged to be permitted to go on the bus to our local town centre instead of being dropped off by my Mum in the car and I wanted my ears pierced far earlier than the strict…

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Lola: Seven

Just under a week ago, my littlest baby turned seven years old.  SEVEN!  How is my youngest daughter seven years old already?  I have no idea where those seven years have gone – they seem to have disappeared in a whirlwind of milestones and the general busy-ness of life. She was due to be born on…

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The Happy Jar: Revisited

On 1st January last year we started a Happy Jar.  We’d tried before in years gone by and never really made it past more than a couple of weeks before forgetting all about it, but this time I was absolutely determined to keep it going for the whole year.  And so, as the months sped past, any time any…

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Ella: Ten

Earlier on this week, Ella, my eldest daughter, turned ten years old.  TEN! I can’t believe I’ve been a Mum for a decade.  As clichéd as it probably sounds, it really does feel like only yesterday that I gazed down in awe at the tiny ET look-a-like blinking up at me just moments after making…

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On wanting to freeze time…

“I can feel it all starting to speed up. The workload. School stuff. Thoughts and feelings. Birthdays and Christmas. The approach to the end of the year always feels incredibly frantic, no matter how much I try and plan and organise and control. I wish I could freeze time, like this frozen leaf, just for…

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