Saturday 19 November 2011


Moving out of the family home is a difficult transition for anyone.  On one hand, you feel free and it's exciting to be out in the big wide world on your own.  On the other, there's so many things you don't understand yet like utility bills and exactly how to put a meal together!

My rock.  Don't know what I would do without her.  She's always there to help explain various letters and make phone calls for me when I'm not up to it.  She cleans and organises my flat every time she visits.  She understands how I feel when I'm on steroids.  She cooks a mean bacon and cabbage with new potatoes.  She always copes well in emergencies - keeping me calm and just getting whatever I need fast.  I can call her whenever I want and talk about anything I want.  She keeps me focused when things get hard.  She makes me laugh A LOT.  She just has a knack for saying the wrong thing at the wrong time - We've now labelled these as 'Carolisms'.  She's just so caring and loving and I think the world of her.

A bit mental sometimes, but can always talk to him about anything.  He's got a very open heart and mind, and I admire that.  He's a very hard worker and unfortunately that means I didn't see a lot of him growing up.  He started his own I.T company (Easykey) when I was a child, but it means that now he can take time off in emergencies.  He's very honest and wears his heart on his sleeve.

My older brother.  Always up for anything - lives life to the full.  Very good with computers which comes in handy sometimes!  Not emotional at all, but I know he cares about me.  He'll drop me the odd text for an update on how I'm doing.  His girlfriend, Robyn (Dobby), is so genuine and lovely.  She gave me a pedicure in hospital and washed my hair for me at home.  They're always together and I miss the late night kitchen chats!

Declan (Deccies)
My younger brother.  The spark in the family that keeps us all going when we're all a bit down.  Always making me laugh with his irish accents and our inside jokes.  He's been key to me getting through some of my roughest times and he doesn't even know it.  He has feet as big as his personality (mens size 13).  He's a hard worker and a very talented music producer.  Take a look at some of his tunes here.  He reckons he's going to be famous one day and I don't doubt it.  I can talk to him about anything and he just gets me.  Gets what I mean when I say I'm feeling a certain way.  He means a lot to me and I wouldn't change him for the world!


  1. Beautifully written darling. An honour to read ur candid view of the van trap family. Will be hooked to ur blog from now on. I kept a diary when we lived in France and found I loved writing. It's so cathartic n u can write whatever u want. Enjoy it. Lol xxxx

  2. Ps I love ur family too xxxx