Welcome to another week of my guest post series Other Bloggers Family Lives. This week I am featuring one of my very good blogging friends Nikki from Keeping Strong & Moving Forward, we actually both started blogging on the exact same day two years ago! I have met Nikki twice in real life, I spent most of Britmums with her last year and I met her and her two boys when she was in Newcastle a few months ago too. She is really friendly, happy and lovely and I always read her blog which is about life as a family of 7, fun days out as well as raising awareness of down syndrome.
So lets find out more about the family behind Keeping Strong & Moving Forward.
1.) Tell me a bit about yourself and your family ?
We are a rather loud and chaotic family of 7. I have my 4 children T (11), P (7), E (4) LM (2) and then my stepdaughter A (9). I am a stay at home mum right now and I blog as a hobby but also to help raise awareness for downs syndrome and show that even though my youngest daughter has additional needs it doesn't stop us doing anything because we are just like any other family.
2.) Where do you live ?
We live in West Yorkshire, right on the boarder of Leeds and Bradford. I describe it as we are the black sheep of Leeds because we pay all our council tax to them but still have a Bradford postcode.
3.) What is your favourite thing to do as a family where you live ?
We love to go for long walks down the woods and play in the park, if the weather isn't nice then we will happily settle for the local cinema or soft play centre.
4.) If you could live anywhere where would you ?
I don't really know, I have lived in this one little area all my life and I don't think I could ever really see myself living anywhere else. I just wish my house was a bit nicer but as it is rented I don't really want to put loads of money into it because it isn't mine.
5.) Did you grow up close to where you live now and what are your favourite childhood memories of where you grew up ?
I have lived in 4 different houses that are all within a 5 minute walk of where I live. My mum and dads house is just around the corner, which is both a blessing and a curse all at the same time. I love them and they are great support network but my mum has a different parenting style to me and lets my kids get away with absolutely loads compared to what I would, because we live so close it means she is round here all the time.
My favourite childhood memories are of when we use to go into the farmers fields to play army, which meant we would crawl around in the tall grass and try to find each other and when you did you shot them. We only got to play the game for a short time though because the farmer would come out and end up chasing us out of his field.
6.) Have you got any exciting family plans for the year ahead ?
I have loads of ideas for fun days out to Chester Zoo and maybe even a holiday to Ireland planned.
7.) What is the best thing about family life ?
I love how close my children can be when their not arguing over the same toy. I love the cuddles and being told " I love you mum ". Most of all I just love spending time together.
Thank you for taking part Nikki I loved reading your answers and I am exactly the same I don't know where I would live as I live not far from where I grew up and this is home. I hope you have lots of amazing family days out this summer.
To find out more about Nikki visit her blog www.keepingstrongandmovingforward.co.uk
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Don't forget to check out last weeks post featuring Babi a Fi if you missed it. If you would like to take part in Other Bloggers Family Lives then please just send me an email at Newcastlefamilylife@gmail.com , you don't need to be a parent to take part either as the questions can be easily adapted.