To begin with

I’m the older and more mature one. Just kidding. I’ve had very haphazard life until my thirties. A mere handful of half-arsed capers under my belt: six months in Taiwan. Half a degree. Worked part time in a call centre and lived pay to pay. I had some very fun times. Lots of friends, travels and adventures, but was basically pretty aimless and sometimes quite unhappy. I quite often felt that I’d missed a very important meeting early on in life and never quite caught up.

Then somehow at 32, I met Glenn, got married, bought a house, got a dog and a baby boy, all with dizzying speed. I cannot believe how much my life has changed (read: improved) lately. I still look at them sometimes and can’t believe it. Feel free to vomit now. But I do feel that finally with Glenn, Little G and our shaggy dog, Barney, in our little house five doors down from my sister and her family – I have everything the way that I want it. Maybe one day we’ll move into a bigger house in a different street. But this is our life right now.

Suddenly, as a parent, I feel that for the first time I have something wonderful in common with people. A LOT of people.

So why would you want to read about me? Or about us? Maybe everyone feels that their family is the best in the world and maybe there’s nothing particularly special about ours (bullshit). We’re just two normal families trying to muddle our way along and keep up with life and enjoy it as much as possible. Starting to write for this blog is terrifying. At worst, I guess no one will read it. At best – we will share with people what we feel is a very special scenario – two sisters and their families living in the same street. I can’t tell you the number of times people, mostly parents, have commented on how lucky we are. We hope to cover many bases – the kids, recipes, beer brewing, gardening…that will be just the beginning. We will be shaky and nervous to begin with but hope that you will stick with us as we gather speed with this whole blog thing.