The rabbit dress
Mar18

The rabbit dress

I love buying birthday presents for my kids. I enjoy it so much more than Christmas, because I only have one child to focus on and can really try to make it special. But we have a budget to stick to. The budget hasn’t really shifted in all the years we’ve had the kids. The only thing we’re allowed to break the budget with is a bike. And if we buy a present that hits the budget e.g. a Kindle, that’s all the...

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A special (birth)day
Mar16

A special (birth)day

For the first time she could remember, my daughter’s birthday fell on a weekend. She was excited about this, but then disappointed that a) Daddy and her middle brother would be at football all morning and b) the kitchen fitter would be in and our house would be looking like a bomb-site, with bits of new kitchen stacked up in every room. I always try to make birthdays special, but how to make it extra special after the tough...

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Happy birthday, 9 year old girl
Mar14

Happy birthday, 9 year old girl

Nine years ago today, at 10.55am on your due date, you came into this world. A solid lump of baby. Nine years ago. How could it have been nine years ago? How could you be halfway to adulthood? Because, to me, you’re always little, always my baby. But I know you’re not. You’re so mature and grown up. I listen to you talk and you’re so serious and knowledgeable about so many things. You’re doing so well at...

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