His response tops mine

His response tops mine

One of the most frequently asked questions we received when M was born was "how will you cope with questions about his dad?". Being new parents we had our own ideas of ways to respond. Explaining he doesn't have a dad, he has a donor and that to be honest it's quite a personal question that shouldn't just be blurted out on first meeting. But over the last 5 years we've adapted to questions in our own ways. Sometimes the questions come with genuine sincere curiosity, sometimes they are out of the blue…continue reading →
More fun at five

More fun at five

This Summer has flown by as we attempt to grab the last few family moments in the sun, before M heads off into Year One at school. As we've mentioned before, we both work full time, so M's Summer break is split between helpful grandparents and Clara and I both using a day holiday each week. This year I took Monday and Clara took Friday which meant we were able to provide M with what felt like a bit of a long weekend. We've packed in so much, in fact Clara and I…continue reading →
#AD – Fun family meal time with McCain #WeAreFamily

#AD – Fun family meal time with McCain #WeAreFamily

Dinner times in our house vary considerably depending on what day of the week it is. As we both work full time we are fully aware that dinner time should be one of the best times for us to gather together, be it the living room or dining room and enjoy time talking over a family meal. Except our weeks are busy and sometimes a meal is eaten during a Lego build or in a blanket den in M’s bedroom, or sometimes in the back of the car if we are on our…continue reading →
Fun festival family time

Fun festival family time

I've lost count of how many people keep asking us if we are enjoying having lots of family time this Summer holidays. Now that M is at school it is easy to think that we look forward to the Summer holidays for a break and some family adventures. Except both C and I work full time, so half term and Summer holidays are just regular weeks to us. We manage to book the odd day off with him, but the rest of his time is spent between lovely grandparents that help us out.…continue reading →
Durdle Door with a dog

Durdle Door with a dog

Last weekend we jumped in the car with Beau and decided to go the beach. On beautiful sunny days we have the luxury of being only half an hour from a stunning beach. Except, life with a dog means you need to do a little more research when making a day trip. Our favourite beach doesn't allow dogs during specific months, so a quick Google and we were soon heading to Durdle Door with a dog and a very excited boy. Our journey to Durdle Door took us across the Poole chain link…continue reading →
Many changes in May

Many changes in May

May was a month full of change for us. Our lives seemed to have become packed with so much in such a short time, that May seemed to fly by. I've been busy taking Scout Leader training and running Beaver meetings each week, Clara's been busy training Beau and taking him to puppy parties (yes they are a thing) and M has been joining me at Beavers, getting used to our new addition and generally growing too fast. It wasn't until the 1st of June arrived that I took stock of how much…continue reading →
The visibility we desire

The visibility we desire

A few weeks ago as I was scrolling through Facebook a sponsored status caught my eye. It was an image of two people in, and by a pool with a little boy. On first glance I would have taken them as a family because I knew they were a family. Because it was my family on the page, right in front of me. Airbnb had chosen to work with us on a campaign about different types of family holiday makers. It was a campaign we wanted to work on because it helped us…continue reading →
and then there were four

and then there were four

I knew the time would come when we would grow our family, but to be honest I didn't expect it to be so soon. M is now very much an independent little boy who can keep himself busy when he wants to and manage small tasks around the house like making his own drink or grabbing his own snacks. His 5th birthday is just around the corner and we are finally looking at a proper little school boy that can hold long conversations and pose interesting questions at tea time. We hadn't planned…continue reading →
Will the question come?

Will the question come?

Our little man has been asking questions since he could form sentences. My mum used to chuckle at how he reminds her of me as a child each time she looks after him. He never seems satisfied with one response, making sure he asks at least three different people when considering a really important question. In the last month the questions we get asked on a daily basis have multiplied by at least 100. It's great as it is helping us to learn more about things we have never given too much thought…continue reading →
Every day a coming out

Every day a coming out

If you're a regular reader, you will probably be aware that C and I recently moved to a new house. We moved into a lovely quiet little road with well kept gardens and neighbours that keep themselves to themselves. We haven't really encountered anyone since we moved, apart from the odd smile and greeting during the day. A month in our new home and now we are gradually getting to meet the neighbours, thanks to regular parcel deliveries arriving whilst we are working. Thankfully we have moved to a friendly road with a…continue reading →