Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Day 28-Family

Hi All

Family. Where do I start?! I love all of my family to bits, even those that I don't see very often. Many of my family live away in Sunderland, about 4 hours away from me. I have to admit, it is very hard sometimes, and can get very lonely living somewhere you didn't grow up and haven't got your family or your childhood friends around you. I try to be positive most of the time but am not shy to admit that I have shed quite a few tears, especially recently after I'd had little Chloe. It isn't always that easy to get in the car and go up to see them, often money or work is an issue which is sad. But it does mean I cherish our time with my family when we get to see them. We are hoping to go up for a week in July so am looking forward to that! I will not only get to see my Mum, brothers and sister-in-law but also my Nan and Grandad. My sister is over in Lincoln at the moment but we will hopefully see her another weekend!

Family is a funny thing. You laugh, cry and argue but they are always there. As I mentioned in a post last week, my Dad is no longer with us and we had argued before he died. I have vowed never to do that again, yes we argue but I will always try to make up with them after a cooling down period lol! It just isn't worth it, nothing is worth the feeling of guilt that I have had to live with since he died. Of course, it is my own fault and I would never say it was anyone else's but I am determined not to feel this way again.

Sometimes you don't see family for years but when you do meet up it just feels so natural, no awkwardness, just laughing and having fun and making up for lost time. We had a huge rift in our family for quite a long time, but I'm glad to say it has eased over the years, there are still family I don't see but we still keep in touch other ways. I love all of my family, every distant cousin, every uncle and every mad hatter there may be lol!

Now I have my own little family, my husband and my daughter. I feel so blessed and am looking forward to the trials and tribulations that are to come! I never thought I could love anyone as much as I do both of them. But now, I realise that this is a bit deep, a bit lovey dovey so here are some silly photos to make you laugh of my mad family!

Me and my sis!

Me, my lil sis and lil bro pulling silly selfies!

Me, my lil sis and lil bro!

Me and my lil sis pulling a silly selfie!

Me, my Mum and Chloe-apologies for the state of was only a few days after Chloe was born!

My gorgeous little girl who has just learnt how to roll over-this is such a funny piccie!

My own little family :)

We went to Eurodisney for my Mum's 50th! My big bro, lil bro, lil sis, Mickey, Mum and me.

Grandad, me and Nana on my wedding day!

The morning of my wedding day, goofing around with my sister-my lil bro too cool for school and my Mum just going with the flow!

My older brother and I before he walked me down the aisle!

My Dad on the left, his twin brother my Uncle Steve on the right, my big brother, me looking at my Uncle and my cousin Michelle. 

I could go on and on but won't lol! Hope you enjoyed meeting some of my family!


  1. What a beautiful Arline!!! LOVE all the pics of your fam!! :)

  2. You guys look so much alike - I love the pics!

  3. Thank you for sharing your story! Your little girl is so adorable xxx

  4. Such sweet words you have to say about your family. And your siblings look very cheeky!