Monday, October 29, 2012

My Other Blog

For a few months now I have been writing a blog about my love of Scotland and how I acquired the title Lady Carolyn.

Home Is Where The Heart Is is a collection of my personal photos, recipes, reflections and anything else relating to Scotland, no matter how tenuous the link!

I'd love it if you stopped by.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

5 Minutes Peace

At Annabelle's bedtime last night we were walking down the hallway hand-in-hand when she looked up at me and said 'you're my best friend' and then she gave me her best smile.

It was one  of those moments as a parent that makes your heart sing.

Some days being a single parent is really hard, especially when the input from the girls father amounts to a 2-hour visit once a fortnight.

There are days when I am so exhausted I start nodding off as soon as the girls are in bed, and thankfully there are other days when I am able to relax and watch a favourite TV show (Homeland, The Good Wife) without falling asleep.

Last night I tucked Annabelle into bed, read her a story and then reached over to turn off her lamp. As I was doing this her sweet little voice said 'I'll stay in my bed all night Mummy so you can go and eat your dinner in peace'.

And so I did.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

In The Picture

I was recently trying to find a photo of myself with the girls when I realised I have less than 5 decent photos of us together.

The fault is mostly mine as I am normally behind the camera rather than in front of it and even if I'm not the photographer I don't normally volunteer for pictures.

I have several friends who also avoid the camera and I suspect their reasons are similar to mine; we now have a post-baby body, there's less time for hairdressers and none at all for make up, and let's not talk about those extra chins that have started to appear!

I was discussing with someone today how children love looking at photos and I realised I want my daughters to have pictures of me to look at, preferably with them in it too! When I was a child I loved looking at my Mothers photo albums and the thing that I remember most isn't whether she was overweight or if she'd had her hair done (although some of the clothes were pretty funny), it's the way she's looking at us or holding us that's important.

One day I won't be here any more, hopefully that day is more than 50 years away, but I want them to have lots of pictures of me and to see me holding them the way my Mum held us.

Most of all I want them to know how loved they are.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Happy 3rd Birthday Annabelle

Way back in August (yep, that's how far behind I am) my big girl turned 3.

We went to Symbio Wildlife Park with family and Annabelle had a really lovely birthday.