Welcome to week two of my new guest post series Other Bloggers Family Lives. After the success of last weeks post featuring the lovely Sam from North East Family Fun I am delighted to introduce another blog that I enjoy reading which is Wonderfully Average. I only discovered this blog written by Helen a few months ago but I love reading about her little boy T and all about her pregnancy with baby number two.
1.) Tell me a bit about yourself and your family ?
I'm Helen and I'm 29 years old (although fast approaching the big 3-0). I'm married to S, we've been together since I was 17 and met in a DIY shop of all places! We have a gorgeous little boy T, who will be 2 in April (that thought scares me more than me turning 30 to be honest!) and we are expecting baby number two in July.
2.) Where do you live ?
We've lived in a tiny terraced house on a new build estate on the outskirts of a small town in Oxfordshire for the last 3 years. I really like my little town. It used to have a reputation for being a bit rough and I would never have imagined living here 10 years ago, but it's had a lot of investment and redevelopment in recent years. There are still certain pubs that you don't go in, but on the whole it's a nice place to live. My only complaint is that my commute isn't great but I think wherever you live there's always going to be some compromise.
3.) What is your favourite thing to do as a family where you live ?
As little T is so it's often the simplest of things that he enjoys the most. So trips to the park and feeding the ducks are high up the list. There's gorgeous countryside practically on our doorstep too, so as he gets older I think family walks and bike rides are going to be weekend / holiday staples. We love to go on days out too, there are several farm parks and zoos near us, and the railway museum in our town has regular Thomas themed days.
4.) Did you grow up close to where you live now and what are your favourite childhood memories of where you grew up ?
I grew up in Oxford which is about 20 minutes away from where I live now. My favourite childhood memories all surround my childhood home, where my parents still live. I remember long summer days playing with my brothers in the garden or on the megadrive, making Christmas pudding with my mum and staying up late into the night putting the world to rights with my dad.
5.) If you could live anywhere where would you ?
I'm going to be really boring and say that I would probably still live in the town I live in now! I would love a bigger house, but I don't think I'd move away. Like I said before, my parents are close by and I grew up in the area so I feel a strong connection to Oxfordshire. I love that T has such an amazing relationship with his grandparents as he sees them so regularly. I also think my town itself is great and amazingly for someone as introverted as me I have actually made friends since moving here. Why would I want to leave ? (If you asked my husband this same question you would get a very different answer, Ha ha )
6.) Have you got any exciting plans for the year ahead ?
All being well, I'll be popping out another kid in the summer so that's going to be a pretty defining moment of the year! We're also hoping to have one last family holiday with just the three of us in June which we're combing with travelling to the wedding of one of my oldest friends, where I'll be a whale sized bridesmaid.
7.) What is your favourite thing about family life ?
Watching little T as he grows up to be such a bright, funny, gentle little boy. Seeing the man I love taking on the role of daddy, teaching our son, playing with him, caring for him. Just spending time together and enjoying each others company. You don't need fancy days out to be happy (although they're nice too), all you need is the people you love........ sorry that was a bit soppy, in my defence I am a bit hormonal and my husband is on the other side of the world at the moment.
Thank you Helen, I loved reading your answers and finding out a bit more about you and your family. Most of my own childhood memories revolve around my childhood home too, my dad still lives there and it feels like home whenever I step through the door. I totally agree that you don't need fancy days out to be happy and just spending time with people you love is the best thing ever.
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