I apologise for the quiet my end. Bug has been sick with an awful head cold and I’ve been stuck in that place of holding a clingy sick baby, so to make it up to you,I’m going to tell you a bit more about me/us!
The very lovely Kate at willowmakesthree.co.uk has nominated me for the Liebster Award. There are certain rules I need to follow and I also have to answer 11 questions. I love doing these type of Q&A, my readers get to know more about me and I get to know more about my fellow bloggers.
The rules for this are as follows:
1. You must link back to the person who awarded you.
2. You must answer the 11 questions given by the nominee before you.
3. You pick 11 nominees with under 200 followers to answer your questions.
4. You cannot nominate the person who nominated you.
5. You must tell your nominees that they have been nominated by you.
These are my questions…..
1. Who do you most admire?
My Nana Joan. I talk and write about her a LOT, because she is my happy place. I am completely overcome with a calm and a sense of clarity whenever I am around her. She is truly a ‘good person’ – and I’m not sure how many truly good people I know that I can count on my fingers. Her heart is in the right place, she cares about everything and everyone and she has an amazing amount of compassion. She’s smart, and beautiful too and EVERYONE but everyone loves her.
2. What is your favourite film?
I just can’t pick one, I have several I watch depending on the mood. I watch Beaches, when I need a good cry – and because I am a HUGEEE Bette Middle Fan. I watch Coyote Ugly, when I want to sing, I watch Duets when I want to watch some amazing singing, I watch Rent, when I want to see some amazing singing AND have a cry. Life is Beautiful, because it’s beautifully sad and I love Italian. Sense a common theme here?! …Singing!
3. What was your favourite toy as a child?
I remember being bought this plastic case, that opened up and became a … wait for it – the excitement is building….. a post office! Ha! I can’t remember who made it, but I think it was brown plastic on the outside, and inside had some stamps. I could shuffle paper, and stamp stuff, change the little clock and say we were closed, and generally feel important! I’m rolling my eyes at myself as I write this . What. A. Nerd!
4. Best holiday memory?
Last year by far. The wife, Bug, Luke and I went away for the whole of August, it was the best memory maker for me. Having friends and family stay with us throughout the month, and celebrating creating our family after such difficult and long, complicated struggles. The one memory that stands out for me though – will be the fact a whole entire LARGE (yummy) milkshake was spilt into the gearbox of our rental car. That was er, fun.
5. Favourite piece of jewellery?
My engagement ring. I am notoriously fussy about jewellery and I don’t wear much of it (nothing but a bracelet, pre engagement). I would be the MOST difficult person to pick out for, because even I don’t know what I like, until I see it. So my wife was extremely brave (or some would even think stupid!?) to pick out an engagement ring for me, without my input, without me knowing ANYTHING about it and without having ever asked me about my taste in rings, or measuring my finger.
And she got it SPOT on.
6. Something you wish you’d done differently?
I may need to come back to this, because I am honestly finding this difficult to answer. So many things in my life, that If I had done them differently, would have led me up a completely different path and I am just so happy and content with where I am now in my life. Well, apart form being skinnier – I’d take that!
7. Where do you hope to be in 5 years time?
I hope to be in the same house, with my darling wife and our amazing children doing the same things, but with more children thrown in for good measure. Skinnier, again!
8. What made you start your blog?
My wonderfully inspiring, talented and helpful friend Daniella. I love to write, I adoooreeeee baby things, I have a bit of spare time – it was an easy decision! But honestly, without her help and expertise, I would just not be here.
9. What is your favourite song of all time?
Arghhhh – you’re asking an ex (retired!) singer what her favourite song is! No. I can’t answer it, its too hard to decide!
I feel pressured to answer now! Well, one that I have enjoyed singing and has a particular significance in my life, is the Wind Beneath my Wings. Someone, who I consider to be my 2nd Mum (who very sadly died 10 years ago, unexpectedly), stood with me on a stage in London, while I sang that song in front of people for the first time (and not at a Karaoke) before I moved out to the US to live with her and study there. It was the first time, I felt that anybody truly recognised I had a voice and was supportive.
10. If you were a Disney character, who would you be?
Rapunzel! My hair is getting soooooo long! Following recommendations from my wonderful mobile hairdresser, I’ve been conditioning my hair with two new products – even my wife told me that my hair looked extra super shiny today *hair flick*, without ANY PROMPTING! Though she did accuse me of turning into a hair sniffer. *sniff*
11. Do you have a favourite picture?
This is my favourite picture, really needs no words. <3
Luke and Bug, Sept 13
So offer to figure out some nominations and questions!