For a while I’ve been wondering what to do with this blog – should it be a personal one or something more to do with the site? I like having guest blogs, and posting things that I think local parents might find interesting and rather thought that me posting about my own life might not be especially interesting to everyone reading. However, I do like reading personal blogs myself so thought I might as well start trying to keep up with doing one on here, as well as having the guest posts and the more informative ones, and if someone enjoys reading it, then great.
So, I suppose I’ll begin with a bit of a reintroduction! I’m Louise and I run the Essex Mums site. I started it back in 2008 when we’d moved back to Essex from Chicago after the birth of our son, Felix. I grew up in Basildon, went to school in Westcliff but found it very different to move back as a parent, especially as most of my friends were child-free and still living in London where we’d lived prior to moving to Chicago. I began to look around for things to do and as someone who had used forums before, tried to find something that was relevant to me as a parent in Essex. I found bigger parenting sites that were really wonderful resources, but nothing that felt as local as I was looking for. So I thought I’d have a go at starting something myself and the rest is history. I still can’t believe how well the site has done and how many people now use it, whether it’s for chatting about their days, finding out about things to do or anything else.
Anyway, I’m married to the lovely Kester and have two kids – Felix, who’s four and Iris who is two. They are fantastic chums and adore each other but are extremely different personality-wise. Felix is a bit of an over-thinker. He loves learning new things and takes great interest in how things work, why things are the way they are etc. He’s extremely inquisitive and full of questions but a bit of a worrier too. His currently obsessions are space and reading, and he starts school in September which seems crazy to me as he’s too tiny!
Iris is quite the character. A friend of mine (and fellow Essex Mum) described the difference between them nicely the other day when she said “while Felix is revising for his A-levels to become a doctor or something, Iris is going to be in the garden dancing around in wellies and sun dress pretending she is at V just ’cause…she can”. She’s a bright little thing too but is a bit wilder than her big brother and is very outgoing and seemingly fearless. I do worry we’re going to have our hands full with this one as a teenager!
Felix often talks about things he’d ‘like to do one day’ and I thought it would be funny to start making a list. It will probably get quite long so I thought I would share his top five… I asked Iris too and hers are even more mental.
What about your kids? What top five things do they want to do?
1. Go in a hot air balloon
2. Visit a volcano
3. Go in a paddle boat
4. Go to the Moon
5. Go to Jupiter
1. Go to nursery in September
2. Tickle Mummy, Daddy and Felix
3. Eat breakfast in the woods
4. Go to the pub
5. Wake up in the fridge