So, Emma over at “Dirt, Diggers & Dinosaurs” tagged me in her Parenting Alphabet Challenge post (originally started by “Yule Times“) and invited me to do my own. It hasn’t been easy and some of mine are a little tenuous but I’ve eventually completed it and here it is…
A is for ANGLESEY – The Perfect Place for A Family Holiday
Those of you who visit my blog/social media regularly will have realised by now just how much we love Anglesey. It really is our “Happy Place!” and the most perfect place to go for a holiday with children. The beaches are beautiful, the landscape is stunning and there are lots of things to see and do! Favourites of ours are Penmon Point, Penrhos Coastal Park and Parys Mountain – just beautiful!
B is for BATHTIME
My children love bathtime! Hair-washing is a different story though! My 3 year old daughter HATES having her hair washed – we’ve tried everything from special bath-hats to swimming goggles to try to make it better but she still screams at the mere mention of hair washing! So it can be a pretty stressful experience. Talking of bathtime…we recently reviewed Zimpli Kids Bath Slime and Bath Gel which are awesome!
C is for CRAZY
Our family prides ourselves on being a little bit crazy!! We have a sign as you enter our house which says “You don’t have to be mad to live here…but it helps!” and our family motto is the quote from Alice in Wonderland: “You’re entirely bonkers, but I’ll tell you a secret…all the best people are!”
D is for DANCING IN THE KITCHEN
Dancing together in the kitchen is something we love to do as a family! We put Alexa on at her highest volume and bust some funky moves! Our favourite songs to dance to are Ant & Dec’s “Let’s Get Ready to Rumble” and Vanilla Ice’s “Ice, Ice Baby”! Clearly, we are very cool and have great taste in music! Ha!
E is for EGGS
We have 2 pet chickens – Princess Sparkle and Jack Butland (Jack is a girl chicken but don’t tell my son!! We’ve had them since they were chicks and they’ve just started laying – very egg-citing!
F is for FRIENDS (Or more specifically, “Mummy” friends)
I have made the most AMAZING friends through being a Mummy. We have supported each other through thick and thin, shared the highs and lows of parenting and, of course, enjoyed many gin and tonics together! I love them all and am so lucky to have them in my life!
G is for GIN
As mentioned above, gin is a rather important part of my parenting journey! Obviously not during the day (!) but once the kids are in bed an ice-cold Gin and Tonic is well and truly deserved after a long day! Surprisingly, I still haven’t read Katie Kirby’s bestselling book, “Hurrah for Gin: A Book for Perfectly Imperfect Parents.” but it’s definitely on my reading list!
H is for HAPPY & HEALTHY
I read a quote recently which certainly rang true with me: “Your kids don’t want a perfect Mum, they just want a happy Mum.” Nowadays, more than ever, women are under so much pressure to juggle everything – career, motherhood, housewifery (is that even a word?!) etc etc etc! Sometimes we just need to stop, take a step back and breathe – it’s difficult but it HAS to be done! Another quote…”You can’t pour from an empty cup” – so true!
I is for IMAGINARY FRIENDS
My Little Miss has an imaginary friend. His name is Josh Gonan (We don’t know anyone called Josh or anyone with the surname Gonan so I have no idea where that came from!!) He’s 6, he lives in Canada (but comes over to visit her on an aeroplane), he has coppery coloured hair, his Dad is called Johnny and his Mum is called Trixie!! As you can see, she has a very vivid imagination!!
J is for JUMPING
Muddy puddles, waves, trampolines, bouncy – there’s lots of jumping in childhood and therefore in parenthood too! (Although with my pelvic floor not being as strong as it used to be, trampolines a are a no-go area!!!)
K is for KISSES
Lots of kisses: Kissing goodnight, kissing it better, kisses just because! Although my eldest said to me the other night, “Mummy, you do know that you don’t have to give such sloppy kisses don’t you?!”
L is for LOVE
I don’t think you truly know the meaning of love until you have children. The amount of love that you feel for your tiny human beings is monumental and incomparable!
M is for MUMMY
I was put on this earth to be a Mummy. It was my one main aim in life and is the most important role I will ever play!
N is for NO
Ha! An important word in parenting! One of the smallest words in the English language but certainly one of the most used words when you’re a parent!!
O is for OUTDOORS
We love spending time outdoors, whatever the weather. The beach is our favourite place to be but we also love going for a walk in the woods and den-building is a favourite activity of ours! This post which I shared this Winter describes some of our favourite outdoor activities.
P is for POO
There’s no getting away from it – being a parent means you have to experience poo…in many forms!
Q is for QUESTIONS
Parenthood is full of questions! From the “is this normal” panicky questions that you frantically ask Google at 2am when your newborn won’t stop crying, to the questions that your children ask you that you don’t know the answer to (“Why do people die Mummy?” “Why is the sky blue Mummy) or they don’t need to know the answer to yet! (“How did the baby get inside your tummy, Mummy?!”)
R is for REALITY
Or, more specifically #InstaReality! Parenthood is the most amazing thing in the world! But in reality, it can also be the most exhausting, stressful and demanding thing in the world too! I recently shared this image & #InstaReality caption on Instagram which was one of my most popular posts since I started my account!
S is for SANDY TOES
We LOVE the beach, whatever the weather! And I always feel so much better after a good dose of Vitamin Sea! I run the hashtag community #sandytoedkids over on Instagram for photos of your little ones (and you) enjoying the beach, whatever the weather. See here for more information and pics of my two getting their toes sandy!
T is for TIME OUT
One thing that I didn’t really realise until recently is that it’s OK to have time out and to spend some time just being yourself, away from the children, to just chill out and recharge. It doesn’t make you any less of a Mummy and actually makes you happier and healthier in the long run. And as I’ve said above: “Your kids don’t want a perfect Mum, they just want a happy Mum!” For Christmas, I bought Mr. J a spa-break voucher at our favourite spa, “Moddershall Oaks” so we need to get that booked in the diary soon, as we both need a treat and some R&R!
U is for UMPIRE
As my kids are getting older I am seriously having to perfect my umpiring skills!! They love each other to pieces but boy, they can bicker!
V is for VANISH STAIN REMOVER
An essential item in parenthood! Tomato Ketchup, blackcurrant juice, the aforementioned poo (!) and even red wine…Vanish Stain Remover is a life-saver. (Or certainly a garment saver anyway!)
W is for WELLIES
On the beach, in the snow, jumping in muddy puddles, trampling through a field or even when you’ve come home from ballet class and can’t be bothered to get changed before going outside to play! Wellies are an integral part of childhood, and therefore an integral part of parenthood too!
X is for (e)XCELLENT, (e)XCITING & (e)XTRAORDINARY
See what I did there??!! But seriously, being a parent is wonderful, absolutely flippin’ awesomely, amazingly wonderful! And its definitely (e)xcellent, (e)xciting and (e)xtraordinary every step of the way!
Y is for YUCK by Paul Rogers!
This poem always makes me laugh and it’s quite appropriate for a post about parenting as it’s very relatable!!
Z is for ZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzz! (Otherwise known as sleep…or lack of it!!!)
When you sign up to become a parent you also sign up to give up sleep for the next 18 years! I wrote this post in the notes section of my phone, before I’d even started blogging and when I found it a few years later it made me laugh so I had to share it!
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