I'll start with me, not because I am the most important (not by a long shot - even the dogs and cat take higher place!), but because you have to live with me wittering on in these blog pages, so you might as well know a little more, right? I was born and raised in Africa, but now we live a long way from there, and while we love our new home, we miss our family and friends terribly! I can truly understand the benefit of having extended family around, just for the input they offer into the grandchildren's lives. I seem to have spent my whole life studying something or another, and I probably will always be a student. I wrote my PhD when my twins were two and a half, and my little girl had just been born. Sucker for punishment? Perhaps! I am going to post a photo of myself as I like to think of myself - note that this is not how I look now! Add approximately 1460 sleepless nights, 6840 dirty nappies, and a set of 4kg each twins and another 5kg baby girl, and you might have an inkling of what I look like now!
The part of my life that holds it all together, the one I rely on to keep me sane in a crazy world, is the Sweetpea. We have known each other for about fifteen years now, and have been married for eight. I honestly cannot imagine a life without him. There have been times in my life when there is no way I could have dealt with all that was happening: at those times he was my rock and sounding board and support. Apart from all of that, he makes a really good gorse-whacker. And no, that is not some previously unheard-of perverse expression (read about it in the Fireman Sam and Fireman Paddy get down to the business of fighting fires). He is an Obstetrician/Gynae consultant, though I am not sure if that is helpful to a pregnant mom of twins or not! Here is the love of my life, with one of the other loves of my life:
Finally, but such a large part of our family that we could not function without her, is Little Miss Snoopy. Razor sharp and full of mischief, there is no doubt about who rules the roost in our house. Often we will catch the boys crying inconsolably because she has taken something from them (all seven kilograms of her). She is tiny and delicate, and we are sure she will be a dancer, because she is always standing up on those beautiful little toes (granted, most of those times are tantrums, but still...).
So that is us! Hope you feel like you now us a bit better now, and I hope we can get to know your families a bit too now!