How has half-term treated you? Good I hope. I always feel a mixture of elation and sadness when the kids go back to school. This is Big Prince's last term at his current school, High School in September!
I've been reading lots this week, but as usual I've included 6 posts I think you'll enjoy too. Let's get on with this week's What I Read.
Tara's post, Do you ever stop worrying about your children?, I simply had to include it in What I Read. Not only does it express how I'm sure every parent in the world feels but it is well written. I agree with Tara's mother-in-law too, it's what we sign up for when we become parents.
How many friends do you have? I don't have many, one or two that I could actually count on, but I love them dearly. My friends are there when I need them, they make me laugh when I want to cry, and even after being apart for ages we can get together and natter for hours. That's why I loved Vicki's post The Power of Great Friends, in the post she writes about her friends, both off and online friends. Friends who have supported her and celebrated her accomplishments while keeping her grounded. "Women together are strong." Too right Vicki, I couldn't agree more.
The only time I've visited France I was heavily pregnant and overweight. The Hubby and I went to Paris for the weekend and wandered around sight-seeing. I haven't ventured to the South of France at all but Michelle's post, 6 Things I'm looking forward to in Provence, made me want to look into it. She describes a James Villas place she's staying, it looks beautiful and luxurious. Provence sounds lovely and if the sun is anything like it is in her photos then it's on the list!
I like to think that, even when I'm having a tough time, I can still look on the bright side. When challenges are thrown our way the Hubby and I have always looked at the good things about the challenge. Someone else looking on the bright side is Katrina in her post My Week at a Glance. After working late lots and feeling like she was a terrible mother, Katrina pushed past it and looked at the good things that had happened, one of which was being asked to review a product on her blog. That bit made me smile, it's always exciting when something new and blog-related happens. Good luck Kat, and enjoy BritMums Live!
What to do whilst the kids are away is a post I could relate to this week. We don't often get time to ourselves, but when we do we take the opportunity to take walks together and enjoy the time. Michaela and her husband are planning a trip to London where they'll see the sights and be together. That time is always special, you get to be a couple again and concentrate on each other. I hope you enjoy your London trip Michaela.
Finally a post that touched my heart and made me want to shout from the rooftops "AMEN SISTER!" I'm the not a perfect mum is a well-written and heartfelt post about being a mum written by Rebecca. We all have our bad days, days when we don't think we can take one more bickering session or see one more nappy. But when it comes down to it we are all awesome. We raise our children, put ourselves second, and make sure our babies are happy. We are superheroes, but no, not perfect.
Enjoy reading, spread the love, and I'll see for more next week.