The Person Behind the Parent {Sarah: Toby Goes Bananas}

Another month, another featured blogger for our ‘Person Behind the Parent’ feature!
Last month Lauren from Belle Du Brighton kindly told us that her grandad wrote the Irish national anthem (say what!). This month, Sarah from Toby Goes Bananas shares the person she is behind the parent she is.
Please introduce yourself… 
I’m Sarah; teacher, wife, mum to two boys, looking down the wrong end of my 30s.
Where can we find you?
In real life you can find me in Lancashire, or online at tobygoesbananas.co.uk – I’m also all over social media @tobygoesbananas

I’ll start with some easy ones… 

What’s your favourite food?
Maltesers, or mashed potato, not both at the same time though!
What’s your favourite film?
Dirty Dancing. Or Die Hard. Or Singing in the Rain…. I can’t just pick one!
What’s your favourite book?
Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild – I must have read it about 20 times as a child, and many more since. I think I know every word off by heart.
Do you have any hobbies? 
Other than blogging? Not really at the moment – before kids I danced in amateur musicals. I’ve managed one since Toby was born but it’s just takes too much commitment at the moment.
Tell us one guilty pleasure.
Drive through Starbucks when the kids are asleep in the back of the car. ooooo. Need one of these near me!
Tell us something quirky about yourself.
I can play the ukulele (there’s a load of videos of me on YouTube somewhere if you look hard enough).
Tell us something we don’t know about you.
I was friends with Benedict Cumberbatch at university. Unfortunately I haven’t spoken to him for about 18 years!
One word to describe yourself would be…
Tired!

Now some harder ones…

Children aside, what has been your proudest moment? 
In my first year of teaching I was given a bottom set Standard Grade French class (the equivalent of GCSE in Scotland) – against all the odds I got them all to pass when half of them were predicted to fail. That’s frickin’ awesome.
Children aside, what has been your biggest achievement?
Getting through teacher training and my probation year – I thought about quitting so many times.
If you could meet one person (dead or alive) who would it be and what would you say? 
I would love to meet Barack Obama and tell him he did an awesome job. And convince him to get Michelle to run for President next time. Yes!!!
If you weren’t where you are now, where would you be? What would you be doing?
I think there was a point in 2010 when my life took a dramatic turn. In a mixture of random coincidences I met my husband to be. If I hadn’t met him then, I would still be single, still living in Scotland, not have the boys and my life would be very different to the one I have now.
If you could be one person for the day who would it be?
Ooh, good question. I would love to be Kate Middleton for a day. Our kids are pretty much the same ages but I would love to see how different our lives are. I bet she wasn’t refereeing a fight over Duplo in her pyjamas at lunchtime today!
If you could travel to one place in the whole world where would you go? 
There are so many places I would love to go, it’s so hard to choose one…can I say a whole continent? In which case, South America. I learnt a lot about the countries and the history when I was learning Spanish and I’d love to go and see it all.
If you could learn one thing, what would it be?
I really like to learn to snowboard. I worked in the Alps in the winter of 1999-2000 but I knackered the ligaments in my ankle while I was there and totally regret not learning to snowboard.
If you could tell yourself one thing, what would it be?
You are a good mum, even when you’re tired and grumpy. You’re doing the best you can. *applause*
Where is your happy place?
Bed! I love to sleep. Before kids it wasn’t unheard of for me to sleep entire weekends away. Oh and cuddling my boys on the sofa, when they’ll both sit still for more than five minutes.
What is your life metaphor or mantra?

This too shall pass.
Thanks for joining us, Sarah! Don’t forget Sarah can be found on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
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