Back to school 2014


back to school 2014

First day of Year 2


What are you looking forward to? To do writing, seeing my friends and meeting my new teacher.

What do you want to be when you grow up? A teacher

What’s your favourite game? Puzzles

Favourite film? Aladdin

Favourite princess? Anastasia and Jasmin

Favourite book? Frozen

Favourite song? – ummmmmm?


What are you looking forward to? My new classroom and finding which table I am sitting at. Seeing my friends.

What do you want to be when you grow up? A teacher

What’s your favourite game? Puzzles

What’s your favourite film? Beauty and the Beast

Who is your favourite princess? Aurora

What’s your favourite book? ummmmmmm

What’s your favourite song? Let it go!


Didn’t we have fun and yes there’s a huge part of me that is so sad it’s all over but there’s also another part of me that actually enjoys the first day back to school, I have always found it exciting. Seeing friends again after the long summer break, new bag, new pencil case and new teacher to get to know. There’s something scary and exciting about the whole September moment.

I recently wrote about my writing process in blog tour and it made me think lots. I feel as if I’m at a crossroad right now waiting for the ‘sign’ of where to turn next. But one thing I know for sure is I have been taking on way too much and need to step back a bit.

Looking back at my blogging journey I immediately recognised what used to be a weekly meet up for me, The Gallery on Sticky Fingers. Joining in this fun weekly photography prompt allowed me to meet and read lots of other blogs plus it encouraged me to get my camera out and have a go.

Some weeks my photos were simply just introductions to writing (and they were terrible) but the more blogs I visited the more I became inspired and the more I worked at my photography to try and get better.

The Gallery – first ever participation – Master of Good Ideas 2nd March 2010

Lots of writing and poor pictures of my beautiful chess set which incidentally is still in the loft.

chess set

But thumbing through all of my entries I smiled at this photo and it made me go awww. It’s not a good photo technically but it captured a moment that still makes me smile.

playing in mummy's shoes


And this one made me realise how grown up my girls are now, how time moves quickly and how I am so glad I kept a record of the important moments and the non-important ones like making snowballs when you’re 3.

twins playing in snow



  1. September 4, 2014 / 10:57 AM

    Oh Mari they are growing up so much. Such a gorgeous pair of girls.
    So glad you enjoy joining in with the Photo Gallery and it’s lovely to have you back x

    • September 5, 2014 / 12:16 PM

      Thanks Tara, I’m looking forward to joining in more frequently and picking up the camera again, the girls may crop up quite a lot :)

  2. September 4, 2014 / 12:42 PM

    Simply gorgeous!! Love this post and I know you will find the way forward with the right balance!!
    Karin ???? xx

    • September 5, 2014 / 12:17 PM

      Let’s hope so Karin, I’ve been saying it for way too long now!

  3. September 4, 2014 / 8:43 PM

    Oh parenting guilt and balance gets all of us., I can not believe how those girls are growing. They are adorable Mari!

    • September 5, 2014 / 12:18 PM

      Time moves fast doesn’t it Jen, when I first started blogging they were 18 months old and you were one of the first bloggers I came across, lovely to hear form you again

  4. September 4, 2014 / 9:07 PM

    Awh beautiful photos and memories. It is good to go back to where it began to help you make your mind up about the future. xxx

    • September 5, 2014 / 12:19 PM

      I agree Louise it’s like a kind of summing up and ‘where do we go from here?’ moment for me right now and it’s so nice to sit back and enjoy for once.
      I’d thoroughly recommend it.

  5. September 7, 2014 / 6:14 PM

    What gorgeous pics, such beautiful young ladies! Hope they enjoy the new school year and all the adventure it brings.

    • September 9, 2014 / 7:00 PM

      Thanks Mama Owl, let’s hope it’s another successful year ahead – to you too!

  6. Dr Graham Lawler
    June 17, 2015 / 3:09 PM

    lovely blog and I was delighted to see your daughter loves puzzles. This will help her maths. Do encourage all children with puzzles and make numbers fun. The GCSE exams are getting harder so it is vital that we develop good numeracy skills with youngsters of this age and get them to feel good about maths. The big plus is there is a shortage of women mathematicians, I have a former student who now earns over £125 000 a year and is comfortably off thank you very much! Here is a puzzle for your girls, if I have 2 coins in my pocket that add to £1.20 and one of them is not a £1 coin, what are they? Have fun!

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