In Memory of Kerry Farrow – aka Multiple Mummy of MultipleMummy.com

What is Your Family Style?

When thinking about our family’s style, I really struggle to describe us. As a mom blogging about health and fitness I see the world through a different lens. We are such a mix match of styles depending on what is going on in our lives as a family and essentially how much money we have at the time – we can look so good when new clothes have just been bought (don’t we all) but the trouble is they don’t stay looking new! It made me think of all the stereotypical types of families you can get, to see if we belonged to any one group. Obviously we like to stay active and healthy, but there are a lot of other activities we find ourselves taking part in that are less health-conscious and just fun.

So tongue in cheek, totally stereotypical and down right silly I give you the following but which category do you think your family falls in?

The Hunters

This is your country-style family. You sit round the huge wooden table in the kitchen with a pantry, with the Hunter wellie boots (in a variety of colours) all lined neatly at the door. Hunter families aren’t focused on how to eat healthy while pregnant, but they inherently do just by the nature of their diet. The dogs are snoozing by the fire after a trepid walk out in the hail and wind, because you are never EVER put off by weather! Your wax jacket is your best friend and your veggies patch your pride and joy. Your children look great in knitwear and jodhpurs!

The Gourmets

This is the family that likes to dine…at every meal! Family life would not be complete without a proper English breakfast every morning! Orange juice, croissants and jams are spread across the table (home-made od course!). This of course is all set up the night before, ready for the morning. Lunch consists of salads and stunning sandwich fillings that the Ritz would be proud of, and a three-course meal is an essential every evening. This family love eating out, eating in and are always baking! You are consistently brushing flour off the kid’s clothes before school.

The Athletes

This is the family that cycles everywhere as their mode of transportation. In uniform fashion, one behind the other, plus if there is a baby, a trailer is attached! These are the type of women that immediately start a workout plan after pregnancy and research the best workout clothes after having a baby. Cycling shorts and running shoes are the outfits of choice. Hockey club, netball and cricket are how weekends are spent. You name the sport; you are either watching it or playing it. The family is a team unit but winning is key!

The Fairies

All accept daddy, this is a household of girls! Everything you see, touch and feel is lined and trimmed with pink. If you could you would wear wings every day. It is essential for items to be sparkly and jeweled, pink and lacey. All outfits are accessorized with hairbands, jewelry and handbags. Even Daddy has taken to wearing pink shirts and ties. Mommy was wearing pink while doing the best free pregnancy workout at home. You are tempted to dye the dog – it is of course a poodle!

The Academics

Education is the name of the game and this is the only way to progress forward in life! This is your motto. As parents you both study continuously – learning is key. TV…pah! Who needs TV when you can read? Your children can read by aged two and write gripping novels by four. Of course they are fluent in six languages and you don’t hesitate to inform people of this.

The White Rabbit’s

Late for everything this family are minefields of chaos. With a child under one arm, a bag thrown on your back and every car door swung open as you holler for the kids to ‘get out the damn car’ you arrive to your destination, stressed, red and messy! Organisation is not something you aspire to; you are beginning to resent it and you are actually beginning to question whether it is actually worth turning up anywhere as people assume you will be late anyway!

I think my family has a little bit of all of them…we do not shy away from weather (we just don’t have a dog or the Hunters, although I would love them!), I am really getting into my cooking and if time would permit, I love the idea of breakfast all set up for morning. If my husband has anything to do with it, all the children will be involved in sport, and if I have anything to do with it, little Madam will be sparkly in pink whilst playing Hockey! Both of us are teachers so education is quite a strong point in our home, but essentially we are the mad chaotic family late for everything!

Picnics – a favourite with the kids!

Finally a warm welcome to a lovely lady I have chatted to lots recently via twitter over the last few months. Fiona blogs at CoombeMill and also runs her own Family friendly working farm holiday business which caters for everyone from Grandparents to tiny tots! I must say it looks stunning. Here she talks about the delights…

Family Frolics #7 – A Treasure Hunt

Welcome back to Family Frolics! As you may have realised now Pirates are the ‘in thing’ at the moment in our house and most things we do have a pirate related element. This week we went on a treasure hunt the week before we made the treasure map! So here is our little trip in…

A very simple exercise – questions and answers.

It is always great to find a bit more about someone and this very simple exercise does just that. I have been tagged by another twin Mummy also called Kerry who writes New2Two blog.  She wrote 11 questions for me to answer, so you get to know a bit more about me in detail and then…

How to make Valentines Heart Gift boxes

I love doing craft with the kiddies, but tissue paper and glue is a sticky combination and 5 minutes in I began to worry but they soon got to grips with it and the results of making these Valentines boxes was worth the effort! Having multiple toddlers is tough! I know I have to keep…

How to make Nature Peg Dolls!

We love getting out and about for nature walks and are so lucky that we have a nature trail right on our back doorstep with woodland as well as park land! Having multiple toddlers is tough! I know I have to keep up with them everyday so I’ve always tried to make my health a…

Chocolate Mousse!

We have had a week now of MM being awake during visits and can now start to dream that perhaps we are on the long road of rehabilitation. She is still unable to move her right side and cannot speak but we have had incidents of her head turning to look at you. There is…

Family Frolics! Pink Pig Cakes!

The rain has poured this week and has made venturing out for Family Frolics a bit tricky. We have gone swimming a couple of time but the whole permission to photograph thing is so complicated it is hardly worth the effort. Having multiple toddlers is tough! I know I have to keep up with them everyday so…

10 things you didn’t know about Kerry

I have been tagged into this lovely little Meme from Emma at Mummymummymum to reveal some thing about myself that you may not know! Like Emma, I have ended up getting to know some lovely people via blogging and have even met some of them in the flesh but did you know… 1. I used to be…

Hope

Today as I tidied the computer desk the word ‘Hope’ fell out, it was from a game that Kerry had made based on the Olympic values. This afternoon, my darling opened her eyes and squeezed my hand. I ‘hope’ she knows it was me. Like every other day, today has been an emotional but more…

What goes on in the mind of a Toddler?

I have spent many hours wondering what is going through the children’s heads since the tragic illness to MM. You worry about every tantrum and every mood swing. I am constantly asking myself, is this a reaction to missing their mummy? This morning I was woken by Little Madam sobbing into her pillow, she didn’t…

What does being a Godmother mean?

A week ago this Sunday I went to the most beautiful Christening of the daughter of one of my best friends from University. I felt very proud and privileged to have been asked to be Godmother to this beautiful little girl. I am also very fortunate that I am also Godmother to my best friends…

How to make Footprint Wrapping Paper

With all the sunshine this week we have been enjoying outdoor play and this week got adventurous with paint in the garden. I had this huge roll of paper that my mum gave me from the back of her closet that she has had for years and I had been trying to think how best…

Family Frolics: Peppa Pig World

The twins adore Peppa Pig and it has been lovely has it has brought BB’s love for her back since falling in love with pirates! Every evening after dinner we sit down to watch Peppa Pig and her family have one of their little adventures. When Peppa Pig World said that we could go and visit to review…

Family Frolics – Knights and Castles

My Friday Mornings are just blissful with BB. We have been enjoying trips into town, shopping for new shoes for him and always stopping for a hot chocolate. Every time we walk from the car park to town, we walk through the Castle Park and this week Noah asked if he could go in the Castle. Not…

How to make an Easter Garden

This week I got a bee in my bonnet about trying to get BBto understand that there is more to Easter than just easter eggs and the rabbit. I want him to have an understanding of all faiths and festivals and so thought that I would introduce the Easter story. Having multiple toddlers is tough!…

How to make a Pop Up Father’s Day Card

Next weekend it is Father’s Day and also BB’s 4th Birthday weekend. Poor Daddy’s day will probably end up getting overshadowed by pirate parties, birthday cake and an over excited little boy, but we are determined not to let Daddy think he is not loved , so have made him a really cool personalised pop card. Do you…

More Pirate Stuff! A telescope

Apparently all Pirates need a telescope and I have been reminded everyday for weeks now. I have been trying to locate a cheap telescope but have not had any luck so when the last bit of kitchen roll got used up this week I had a lightbulb moment and thought I could help BBto make…

How to make an Olympic Hoopla Game

The Olympics are fast approaching and we are very exciting as we have tickets to the Basketball and Para Olympic tickets too. The Para Olympic tickets are day passes so we think we might take the kiddies with us to give them an experience of the atmosphere and stadium so we can say they were…

An update

I had always promised my wife that I would write a guest post for her. I didn’t expect it to come in such tragic circumstances. You may be aware from Facebook that Kerry is very poorly. There will be time for a more detailed account another day but here is the situation in a nutshell….

Multiple Photos for our Kerry

Once again I have been overwhelmed by the kindness and support from everyone. This week it is the ‘Blog Hop’ organised by Liska (New Mum Online), thank you so much. This has been the hardest post for me to do. I have tried to find some photos to put together for Kerry and this has…

An Inspiration.

There has been no activity on multiplemummy.com for over a week and this probably speaks a thousand words. Kerry my darling wife and wonderful mother passed away on the 14th December. There are no words that can explain how we all feel. She would have been overwhelmed by the support she has received throughout the…