I’m Karen – mum to Freyja (7) and Emily (5), wife to Rich, and part-time Science Teacher.
I started my blog in January 2014 as a way to record our life as a family. I love writing about the places we visit and the activities that we get up to, but also my thoughts on juggling my busy life as a working mother and wife.
Being a mum is the best thing that has ever happened to me – until the moment they laid Freyja in my arms I never realised how much you could possibly love another human. I was also overwhelmed by that same feeling again just over two years later when the midwife who had delivered Emily passed her to me. But being a mother is also one of the hardest challenges I have faced – the seemingly never-ending sleep deprivation, meeting the differing demands from two small people who are totally dependent on you and the constant questioning oneself on whether the job you are doing is good enough!
I studied Zoology at Cambridge University and then trained to be a secondary school teacher so I could share my passion for Biology and inspire young people. I love how no day in teaching is like any other. Before I went on maternity leave I was a Head of Biology, but returned, having had my family, as a part-time Science teacher.
Parenting and teaching leave little free time for much else, but if I do manage to find some spare time I love baking and crafts – especially crochet. I also enjoy getting outside. I feel privileged living in Gloucestershire as there are some fantastic places to visit and escape to right on our doorstep. I particularly enjoy being able to share these places with the girls and experience them from their perspective.
My blog covers our family life, as well as my thoughts on being a mum and a teacher and trying to juggle the demands of both. There is also a dollop of chocolate and a good measure of gin thrown in too! I hope you enjoy reading my blog and finding out a bit more about me, and my family through it. You may also like my ten icebreaker facts about me that I wrote before attending Blogfest in November 2014.