All About Me (for a change!)

This Meme was the idea of Gina from Cold Tea and Smelly Nappies after doing that standard “start of the new school year” activity “All About Me”.  I’ve done it myself for Ben this year – questions like can he do his own coat up, use the toilet independently, count to five?  And more recently for Chloe before her start at Playgroup – does she use the toilet, what upsets her and what does she enjoy doing?  I can see the point of these activities and have often used them myself in school.  Aside from them being a simple way of collecting information about the children you are working with, they are also really lovely to look back on at the end of the year and see how the children have changed.  Gina thought it might be a nice idea to do something similar for us bloggers so here you go:

First off tell us your name and what you do . . .
This question is answered in quite a bit of detail in the About Us section of the blog – but Hi, hello, my name is Colette – yes one L and two Ts! I’ve spent my life having it spelt wrong – though at 33 I’ve accepted that people just can’t seem to spell it properly.
First and foremost I’m a Mummy – Mum to Ben, Chloe and Beak (still cooking). I also work as a supply teacher on a part time basis.  I love teaching and am really enjoying the supply element of my work at the moment as it means I get to go and work in lots of different schools and see how differently everyone does it! It also means that I don’t have to miss school assemblies and meetings which I always thought would be impossible to attend when teaching full time.  I may well go back to full time class teaching in years to come but for now supply teaching is the winner for me and my family.
I live at home with . . . my husband Dave who has been keeping me entertained, loved and looked after for most of my adult life and our children Ben (4), Chloe (2) and our boxer Thomas (4).  We will soon be welcoming our new baby (currently known as Beak) and our little family will be complete!
My favourite thing to do is . . . take our little people out on family adventures. I love the times when the four of us get to go out together and spend quality time together.  I love to take photographs and document our adventures (hence the blog).
My favourite thing to eat is . . . my Mum’s lasagne – nobody makes a lasagne like it!
When I get cross I . . . react differently depending on who or what I’m cross with!
Sometimes I worry because . . . the world I’m bringing my children up in scares me and I worry about what their futures hold.
My favourite book is . . . almost impossible to choose. I have always been a big reader and used to devour at least a book a week though since becoming a Mum I seem to have considerably less time for reading and my focus has shifted to children’s books! Either way I can’t tell you a favourite!
My favourite toy is . . . is it really sad if I say my laptop?! Dave bought me it for Christmas a couple of years ago and I really don’t think I could live without it!  I’d like to say “my camera” but I don’t actually have one at the moment *sob*
I dislike . . . people who lie, mushrooms, moths, being late, rudeness, money (or lack thereof), poor spelling, the cost of fuel, people who don’t seem able to appreciate what they’ve got . . . I could go on.
When I grow up I want to be . . . happy with my lot.  I always wanted to be a teacher – from my very early primary school days there was no option.  For a while at 18 things looked like they might not work out and I was struggling to get into university but I just couldn’t get my head round doing anything else. Being a teacher isn’t just my job, it’s what I am.  But more importantly I wanted to be a Mum, I always wanted to have three children and I even knew their names from the age of about 14 – I should say I haven’t quite stuck to my little list of names but Ben was on there. I always wanted a boy called Ben first – how’s that for planning haha.


  1. October 16, 2013 / 12:17 pm

    Lovely! Love lasagne too and could give your mum a run for her money! 😉 So glad you have what you wished for x

  2. October 16, 2013 / 2:05 pm

    It's great when things do go to plan… I didn't use the names I wanted when I was small – Liberty and Kallon are really not favourites any more!

    • October 16, 2013 / 5:03 pm

      Its funny how your tastes change isn't it x

  3. October 16, 2013 / 3:15 pm

    I love things like this. I also love home-made lasagne – my husband makes a really ace version with mince and bacon in it as well. OMNOMNONOM x 🙂

    • October 16, 2013 / 5:04 pm

      My husband makes a good lasagne but its so different to Mum's that I refer to it as a 'layered pasta dish' ha ha

  4. October 16, 2013 / 7:49 pm

    Love homemade lasagne, it's just the best! What a wonderful post Colette, really lovely. Great to get a little insight – I must do this for Gina too 🙂

  5. Heather @ Bury Family Life
    October 18, 2013 / 10:19 am

    I think wanting to be happy with your lot is the perfect thing to want to be when you grow up 🙂

  6. October 18, 2013 / 4:34 pm

    I really enjoyed reading this. It was lovely to get to know you a little bit more. My favourite toy is also my laptop and I hate moths too. My mum can't make lasagne but my OH's mum makes an amazing Lasagne which I do really love, with lots of coleslaw and garlic bread!! Mmm I'm hungry!!

    Kate H x

  7. October 18, 2013 / 4:56 pm

    Lovely post, and lovely to know a bit more about you xx

  8. October 19, 2013 / 4:48 pm

    Thanks for sharing. I love lasagne too but not my Mum's. She was always a rubbish cook!

  9. October 20, 2013 / 3:13 am

    I like a good lasagne.

  10. October 20, 2013 / 8:44 am

    I had a few names picked out but I didn't consider that I would have to take someone else's ideas into consideration too 😉 I think we came up with some good compromises though! And all this lasagne talk has made me hungry!

    • October 20, 2013 / 4:27 pm

      With Ben because I'd decided on his first name Dave chose this second name.
      With Chloe I chose them both – Dave wasn't very good at thinking of names but was quite happy vetoing ones I liked lol

  11. gina caro
    October 20, 2013 / 2:06 pm

    Thank you for joining in and linking up with the #AllAboutMeMeme. I have pinned and tweeted your entry 🙂

  12. Alison
    October 20, 2013 / 8:13 pm

    Love reading posts like this – always makes me smile – and I'm with you on the laptop and lasagne!

  13. October 20, 2013 / 7:14 pm

    All too often we forget about 'us' don't we! We spend our blogging time writing about products, kids, cooking .. anything but ourselves! Nice to read about a fellow blogger x

  14. October 20, 2013 / 8:46 pm

    nice to meet you 🙂 I love lasgasna and my laptop 😉

  15. October 21, 2013 / 10:24 pm

    I love these, always nice to find out more about you lot, especially cause I am very nosy!! 😉

  16. Jane Roberts
    October 22, 2013 / 9:50 am

    Great post, I have really enjoyed reading these x

  17. October 30, 2013 / 8:25 am

    I hate poor spelling and grammar to. 😉
    Good post!

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