Wednesday, 30 June 2010


Well some people may say I have set myself up for a fall, but I believe in this mission so much that I have to succeed. You see my grandparents mean the world to me, as I’m sure every ones grandparents do to them too.

But my Nan and granddad are super special to me, as when I was conceived my biological one ran off so fast his feet failed to touch the ground, and who was there to pick up the pieces you guessed it Nan and granddad . They were there when I was born, when I took my first steps and even on my first day at school. My Nan even said that my granddad had never changed nappies until I arrived so I must have been special.

I felt like I was the most special little girl in the whole wide world growing up as I had my mum, my Nan, my granddad and my four uncles. Well that was until my sisters arrived!

Yes you guessed it my mum married (twice) which resulted in 4 more sisters, but still the apple of my grandparent’s eye I took to being a big sister very well, after all I learnt from the best. My uncles taught me all the best tricks, the best one was when playing hide and seek how to lock the airing cupboard door so they thought they had found the best hiding place ever!

So when we all grew up Nan and granddad decided that they had done their job, helping with the grand children and by now the great grandchildren and they wanted to sell up and move to the countryside, little did we know it was the Irish countryside they wanted to move to?

So now they have been their three whole years and no amount of visiting will ever make up for them not being so close to the heart of their family, and until now they have been extremely happy living out in the sticks. But when speaking to Nan a few weeks back she said the words we have been longing to hear “we want to come home”.

My heart skipped a beat, so I have now set my mission to earn enough money from selling articles and possibly my blog to raise enough money to be able to bring them home!

Monday, 21 June 2010


Every mum’s family is perfect in her own way, if you ask any mum she will tell you she has angels when her children are sleeping and devils when they are all awake.

This is the same in the Mission house; I used to strive for perfection and nothing less, but now I’m a little older I know that no one is perfect... that's why pencils have erasers

My family is no different we all have our ups and downs, we all say things we don’t mean from time to time and we can never all agree on most things. But that is now my perfect family.

So I’m going to take you on a tour of the Mission Family, so if you ever visit us then you know our pit falls:

Right well I suppose we had better start with the head of the house, the top dog, the one who has full control, that’s right ME! Daddy Mission would completely disagree with that and say it was him, but I’m the one who runs this house every day, I’m the one who makes sure EVERYTHING is done so we will start with me.

Mummy Mission:

Well what can I say, I’m a 34 years old I have 4 gorgeous children and a rather nice husband (well sometimes anyway). I have always worked in administration, until I was made redundant after 6 years of working for the same company. But this year I had already decided on a change and I went in to writing and Journalism (which I love so much). I am now a Freelance Media Consultant with my own business, so I have to juggle being Mummy and being business mummy but I love it all the same. The dream is to write my own articles and then maybe one day I may just get my own column somewhere. I am very OCD in my cleaning especially when I’m worried about something, and I have a tendency to want to look after EVERYONE so beware!

I would really love to be able to take the kids travelling, see different parts of the world and experience different cultures, something I never got to do as a child, the furthest we ever got was to my Nan’s caravan in Wales and everyone was ENGLISH!

Daddy Mission:

Well he is a 37 year old Maintenance Engineer who up until 3 years ago had worked for the same company he served his apprenticeship with (now not many people can say that) but change was brewing, and believe me with Daddy Mission that does not happen very often. He applied for a vacancy at the local Zoo and got the job, so now we get lots of days out to the Zoo and Daddy is a happier bunny. He has a love for old stuff, mainly old bands like Led Zeplin, Black Sabbath, Deep purple etc, and for his beautiful 1966 VW Split Screen Camper van (which he adores) he has said on many occasions if I made him choose between me and the van, then Oscar as the van is passionately know as would win hands down every time! Charming I know, but that is Daddy Mission once he is passionate about something he finds it hard to let go, but 13 years on and we are still going strong. We have our disagreements most of the time, but I know he loves his family more than the world and he would do anything to protect us all. He is also a Black Belt in Tae Kwon do, after watching Teenage Mission train hard every week he decided it was time to take up a new sport as old age and football really don’t mix.

His ambition is in 10 years once the mortgage is all paid off he wants to travel the world in his camper van, but I have told him he will have to put his plans on hold for a little while as Monster mission will only be 12 and way too young to leave!

Then there is Teenage Mission:

He is a 12 year old computer boffin; he knows things even the IT team at school don’t know. He is a lovable little man with a big heart, not that he likes to show it to everyone, as he has been treated badly by previous girlfriends. But he is young he will learn, he used to be an active kid until 12 months ago he was struck down by a debilitating Joint problem, he is now under 2 consultants and has been told not to do any form of exercise until they discover what the problem is. He has been tested for Juvenile Arthritis, and luckily the test results shown that all was normal, until they done an X-ray and discovered a mass on his thigh which he now needs surgery on. But he can say he is a black Belt in Tae Kwon do from the age of 11 and the best defender in the world.

His ambition in life to move to Australia or America and become the greatest game designer ever! (Not bad for 12, I think I wanted to be a ballerina).

Next there is Drama Mission:

She is a feisty 9 year old who knows what she wants but sometimes hasn’t got the confidence to pull it all off. She is very active doing everything from School football to Line dancing and she cartwheels everywhere. She can be the quietest little mouse ever, then in the next breath the drama queen comes flooding out and nobody actually believes me she is like this! They think she is a very quiet and sweet little mouse, believe me she is sometimes. She is the fussiest eater I know, she used to ask me to make her Hotdogs for tea and then only eat the batch! She has a passion for all things musical and is constantly bouncing around her bedroom to JLS, the Saturdays and a few more until her big brother starts banging on the wall for her to be quiet.

Her ambition is to be the next Hannah Montana and I believe in her every step of the way.

Phew nearly there now, next there is Princess Mission:

She is a very loving 4 year old, she says what she is thinking and if she thinks she has upset you she will be there with the hugs. She was a surprise to say the least but one of the nicest I have ever had. She will be starting full time school in September, and much to her disappointment she has been split up from her bestest friend in the whole world, but I’m sure she will get over it. She is funny and witty and says the funniest things when you least expect it. She too is a very musical little thing and when she thinks you’re not listening will make up her own little songs.

Now last but not least is the youngest of the missions

Monster Mission:

He is my beautiful 2 year old; he is full of beans and NEVER stops. He has a love of everything to do with cars, he is completely obsessed with Pepa Pig and George and knows most of the DVD’s off by heart. He is a character in he own right, and tries to sneak into Princess’s nursery class every morning and one day he will succeed. He can charm his way around you within seconds and his bestest friend is his cousin who is 2 weeks older than him.

Well that is my beautiful family, our strengths, weaknesses and our dreams. I have learnt a lot in my life already and the one thing that sticks with me the most is that perfection is in the eye of the beholder, so don’t be too hard on yourselves

Sunday, 20 June 2010


Well it’s that time of the year again, when daddy Mission gets to put his feet up and RELAX for the whole day. So today will be no different than yesterday then!

Most Dad’s tend to get away with murder , by constantly using phrases such as “I’m just having 5 minutes” (an hour later), or “I will do it in a minute” (5 hours later), but the best Daddy phrase in our house is “I’ve been at work ALL day” (ring any bells?).

But it is Fathers day and we do make exceptions for them on this one day of the year, we buy them cards, big chocolate slab (which will take them until next year to get through) and a special gift either comprising of a t shirt with a funny slogan on it, or a mug that will be put in the cupboard with last years and the years before.

So why is it so hard to buy for the big man himself? Well if you have a new age dad he isn’t that hard to buy for because nowadays you can buy them skincare ranges, aftershave and vouchers for modern shops.

But for the dad that is older than 35 well forget any of the above or you will hear those fateful words “what did you buy that for?”

So in our Mission family we not only have Daddy Mission to buy for but Granddad Mission and Great Granddad Mission three very different characters:

Daddy Mission:

He is one of the hardest to buy for out of the three other Daddy Missions in my life. He is very picky, always says “I don’t need anything” but then he would moan if we didn’t bother, but most of all he is very stubborn! So buying for him is like buying for a great aunt you only ever see at Christmas and I would go as far as saying buying for Daddy Mission is harder than child birth! So we generally have to listen out for the subtle hints he does give once every blue moon and act on them as quickly as possible.

Granddad Mission (my Daddy):

He is a little easier to buy for; he loves the whole Fathers Day kitsch you know the stuff you can only get on Father’s day! He loves the mugs, the key rings, the chocolates and the t shirts. But NEVER cross his door with anything that even remotely looks like it’s come from the beauty counter at Debenhams! Even taking him a bottle of aftershave his question would be “what do you think I am?” He just isn’t with IT! So my life is made very easy on Father’s day as the normal gift would be a t shirt containing a slogan, such as “Mr Grumpy”, “Grouchy” or even “I know I’m a dad because I’m poor”, a box of Mini chocolates and a mug.

But this year my little sister came up with a fabulous idea of but him theatre tickets! But I do have the above all wrapped up just in case the tickets go down like a lead balloon.

Great Granddad Mission (My Granddad):

Well he is the easiest man in the world to buy for, with a passion for gardening, painting and carving he is such a dream to buy for. But this Fathers day he is in Ireland and we won’t be spending it with him, but we will be seeing him sometime in the holidays so we will make sure he gets spoilt rotten then.

So I suppose the one thing I have got to look forward to in the future of Father’s Days, is the older the other two get the easier they will be to buy for!