It’s that time of week where it can only mean one thing; it’s time for our Throwback Thursdays series! Each week, you’ll be able to find more about the childhoods of some of the very best parenting bloggers; their treasured memories and best bits, even how their own upbringing has affected their parenting style. So settle down and get comfy, it’s time to take a trip down memory lane.
This Throwback Thursday, I’m joined by Amy from Eps and Amy. Amy is one half of the Eps and Amy team, where they happily review and product test to save the rest of us from having to! Their blog covers their hobbies and interests with plenty of activities for families along the way. Today Amy is sharing some of her memories of her time in the Isle of Wight.
Hi, I’m Amy…
We live in West Sussex, I have 2 children (aged 5 and 8) and Epril has 3. We love writing about our life and families, but mostly we love fashion and make up. I was born in Birmingham but moved down to West Sussex when I was 8. My sister is 5 years older than me which is quite a big age gap that was definitely more apparent in the early teen type years. She wasn’t interested in playing 8 year old games at 13 and by the time I hit my teenage years she was moving away to university. Although she lives a long way away from me now, we’re pretty close and chat most days (albeit by text message), we lead very different lives but still get along great. My parents have a very strong relationship and I think that encouraged me to find a man to be a supporting partner. I met Simon at 16 and we have been together ever since.
My Throwback Thursday photo…
Includes my Mum, Gran and Sister, I am probably about 8 or 9. My Gran lived on the Isle of Wight and every year we would spend at least 2 weeks of the summer holidays visiting them. We made friends with the other families who visited every year and it became tradition to all book our holidays for the same 2 weeks. My memories of these holidays are filled with bright sunny days (even though my Dad referred to the IOW as the Isle of Wet, I don’t remember any wet holidays!), playing in the sea and building sandcastles and having fabulous holidays.
The Isle of Wight is still special to me, it was my Gran’s home. She became ill and moved over to the “mainland” to live with us somewhere around 2003 I think and died in 2010 (shortly before my daughters 2nd birthday and a year before my son arrived). Everything about the Isle of Wight reminds me of my Gran and spending time with her and I really wanted to take my children over to show them the place I love so much. We are lucky that my Gran’s old house was bought by a family friend as a holiday home and occasionally we can borrow it to visit Lane End. We went over when Bethany was 2, when I was heavily pregnant with Jack and again last year (Jack was 4, Bethany was 7).
I want my children to experience…
A childhood similar to mine, where every day was spent playing on the beach and not out visiting “places”. That is one huge difference I notice about kids these days; is they want to be entertained all the time. We used to spend all day, every day, at the beach for 2 weeks solid but my pair are happy with that for a morning, sometimes a whole day, but then they want to be out doing things for the rest of the time. If I could I would take my children back to those summer holidays on the Isle of Wight, I really wish my Gran could have met my son (who is named after her Jack, after Jacqueline) and could see the people my children are growing up into.
Thanks Amy for sharing your lovely memories! Isn’t there a strong resemblance between Amy and her daughter – you wouldn’t believe there was 20 years between those two photos, would you?! If you’d like to keep up with their adventures, you can follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook or subscribe to her blog: Eps and Amy.