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Meet Emma

Hi everyone.  My name is Emma.  I am 34 and I live in Busby. I stay right next to Cart Mill so it’s easy for me to walk to work each day. I’ve just joined the team at Cart Mill in February. I’m looking forward to going back and getting to know everyone again when it’s safe and lock down is over. I’ve still been working in the hub so it’s been nice getting to see some of the children and staff.

Ive been working in nurseries since I was 16. Last year I finished my Childhood Practice Degree and got to graduate.  Although I had very big heels on my shoes and had to cross a big stage to collect my certificate without falling over. My degree took four years of going to uni each Tuesday night while still working in nursery full time. This always resulted in me leaving all my homework and assessment to to the last minute.

I love to read books. When I was little I used to love to go to Busby library and choose books to take home. My favourites used to be called “the baby sitters club”  this could be where I got the inspiration to follow a career in childcare from. I used to want to be a writer and would always make up my own books. Even now in nursery I enjoy creating new stories and making up new songs.

I have 3 pets in my house. I have Draco and Lola my two cats. They love to get lots of attention . They both fight over who gets to sit in their favourite spot on the windowsill.  I also have my dog Olly. He is a Lhasa Apso and is 7.  He is like my shadow and follows me every where I go, he even likes to sleep beside me at night.  He is a bit cheeky and likes to chase the cats, which makes the cats very cross.



Olly has very long hair and needs to see a dog groomer to get cut so he doesn’t get too hot. Because he can’t see one just now I had to give him a DIY haircut but a dog groomer I am not and have left him looking a little patchy. Hopefully he can get it fixed soon.  I also am looking forward to seeing the hairdressers because my hair is beginning to change colour at the top.

I also live my my Son Ryan. He has just had his 18th birthday in lockdown. But we still managed to have a good day celebrating with lots of cake and juice. He is looking forward to seeing all his friends again and celebrating with them.  Ryan has been enjoying his time off school and has been playing lots of games on his PlayStation but sometimes he’s gets a little row for being too grumpy when he doesn’t win his football game.

I love the sunshine and going on sunny holidays. My favourite place to go is Cyprus. I love to sit on the beach with my eyes closed and listen to the sounds of the sea.  It makes me feel calm and happy. When I’m not working in the hub or doing my work from home I like to take the olly dog his walks, sometimes  Draco cat comes too. I also like to sit in the sun in the garden but am silly and sometimes forget my sun cream and end up looking a little bit like a lobster. Hope you all remember to wear suncream on hot days.

Really missing being at nursery and can’t wait to get back and see you all. Take care love Emma x

 

 

Getting to know Carly

Hi everyone, its Carly here!

I have loved reading all the ladies blogs and getting to know more about my team, so now I am going to tell you some things that you may not know about me.

I was born on 19th June 1998 in the Royal Alexander Hospital in Paisley and was brought up by my Mum (Michelle) and My Dad (Mark) in a town called Barrhead. When I was 3 years old my little brother Stephen was born, he isn’t so little anymore. Two years after that my little sister was born. We are a close family but I am particularly close with my dad.

My dad and I often go out for lunch together when we are both off work.  My dad drops me off at work and picks me up again because I dont drive, my mum says he spoils me (I was doing driving lessons but I have failed my theory test 6 times ,so I have taken a break from the lessons.) I even went on a tour of my dads favourite football club with him, even though I am not a fan.

I started St Marks Primary school in 2003 and moved on to St Luke’s High school in 2010.

I got my first Job in November 2015 in Frankie and Benny’s (Silverburn).  My job was to clean and set the tables in the restaurant for new customers to come in and when I was old enough I was trained as a bartender, I worked here for 3 years.

At the end of May 2016, a few weeks before my 18th Birthday I had surgery to re align my jaw (Yuck) as I had a huge underbite that affected the way I ate and said certain words. This meant I was unable to celebrate my 18th birthday because my face was so swollen I couldn’t eat or talk for about 8 weeks while I recovered. After my surgery no one I knew recognised me, even my school teachers, apparently I looked like a totally different person.

I have been with my amazing boyfriend Michael for nearly 3 years now, although we were friends for a few years before that. After a year together we moved into out own little flat. We are now saving up to buy our own house.

I qualified in 2018 after a 2 year Modern Apprenticeship with East Renfrewshire council. After qualifying I got a job with MACS (Mearns after school care) but only worked there for 3 months before I took on a temporary job as a PSA in Carlibar Nursery. When my contract ended I took on a few supply shifts in Cart Mill funnily enough. I then had an interview and got offered a job in Cart Mill where I started in August 2019 and met all of you.

During my free time I enjoy going out for family dinners and going to the cinema. I decided to buy a Cineworld unlimited card, so I often go a few times a week to see a movie and sometimes even 2 in one day.

My favourite holiday destination at the moment is Benidorm where me and Michael went our first holiday together. We had planned to go back this year in the middle of May but under the circumstances it had to be cancelled.  Like Sarah Jane, Luss is also one of my favourite places to go to, my Gran and Grandad live in Luss and we often spend Christmas time there, It is beautiful.

I hope you are all having a great time at home with your families and i’m looking forward to seeing everyone again.  Remember to keep in touch through our twitter, I have loved seeing what you have all been up to.

All about Fiona

Hi everyone, hoping you’re all well and staying safe.  It’s my turn to tell you a little bit about me. I’ve loved reading last week’s Blogs and learning new things about my fabulous colleagues, what a talented bunch they are. I’ve a hard act to follow, so here goes!
I was born in South Ayrshire, a long time ago, and loved growing up by the seaside. I have an older brother (who annoyed me so much growing up, but we’re very close now), who lives in Sweden with his family, and a twin sister (I’m 6 minutes older and apparently the bossy one!)  Can you guess which one is me? My family say I have the chubbier face and most freckles. Would you look at that haircut!

I met my husband when I was at school, a long time ago. We’re blessed with 2 amazing children, Mark and Katie, who will be 19 and 16 next month (Katie says it’s 30 sleeps until her birthday. She has lots of plans. We’re going BIG , apparently, because you’re only 16 once!) I can’t believe how grown up they are. They’re such good company and have kept me going over the last few months. I’ve loved spending time together as a family. We’ve tried to keep each other entertained, and have had so much fun. Katie has been teaching me lots of dance routines, so Jump Start Johnny might have some competition!
I was a little bit stuck over what else to tell you about me, so my family decided we should do a quick fire quiz round..

Favourite colour : easy, red
Favourite food: Tricky as I can’t pick just one! pasta, pizza, crisps and chocolate ( Katie says I should really be healthier!)
Favourite drink: I’d better say water (my husband says that’s not true)
Hobbies: exercise (my children are laughing now) reading, spending time with family and friends. Hill walking, I managed to climb to the top of a Ben Nevis (had to get that in somewhere!) Oh and I love camping too. I can even pitch the tent myself! (Ok, well sometimes I need a teeny bit of help)
Favourite band: well I do love a boy band! Bros, Wham (told you I was old) and Take That. Gary is my favourite, in case you thought it was Robbie.
Achievements: I did a bungee jump once, I was terrified so I won’t be doing that again! I have a BA in Business and Administration and last year I completed my HNC Childhood Practice ( which was very hard as my brain doesn’t work as quickly as it used to) Mark says that’s the wrong answer. Obviously my family are my greatest achievement and I’m super proud of them (Phew, I think I saved that!)
What do I love the most? Easy, my family (brownie points now!) and my friends, I miss them so much.
What are you afraid of?: Ooh tricky. Definitely boats. I don’t like being in the sea, unless it’s paddling. I do love looking at it though and I would love to move back to the seaside when I’m older. (According to my lovely children that shouldn’t be be too long! They’re  very cheeky)
Best thing about lockdown?:  If there is a best thing, it’s being with my family.  (Mind you it’s sometimes  hard all being in the house all day every day!) Life had been hectic, so it’s been nice to press pause and recharge.
Worst thing about lockdown?  I miss family and friends. I’ve never gone more than 2 weeks without hugging my twin or mum. Virtual hugs aren’t the same. Fridge is always empty, even when the shopping has just been delivered! I love being outdoors so having to stay in has been challenging!
What have I learned during lockdown?: To be healthier, exercise more, appreciate family and friends and never take anything for granted. Oh and I need to brush up on my general knowledge as I always lose that round in our Zoom quizzes. (My family say I could practise/improve my cooking skills, again they’re very cheeky!)

Well that wasn’t too hard after all! I’ve had fun. We try to spend time doing quizzes together and with our family and  friends. It’s a great way to keep in touch. (This is where I remind my children we didn’t have the internet when I was growing up, which horrifies them as they couldn’t survive without WIFI) I must also learn to print off more photographs as I have over 8,000 on my phone!
I’m missing everyone very much and can’t wait to see you all soon. Take care, stay safe and have fun. Lots of love, Fiona xx

Welcome to my crib🤣

Hi everyone

I hope your all keeping safe and well, we are all really missing you!


Welcome to Gail’s house I’m doing a little arts and craft come and see……


My canvas is a little bigger as i’m currently painting our hall


Everyday is a learning day even if you are as old as me!!!!!


I am enjoying getting out into the fresh air everyday, I haven’t been on a bike for 30years but managed to cycle to Lochwinnoch – my bottom was a little tender!😭


This is what I wear going shopping, I shop for my mum and dad as my dad has chronic heart failure. I also wish my big boy Kyle would stop eating as I cannot fill him at the moment!!!


Washing, washing, washing I cannot keep up with it all! My big girl Abby likes to change so often ….. we now have exercise gear, tanning towels, tanning bedding she’s not even going out!!!


Our wee dog Pip who couldn’t care less what’s happening she just likes to courie up and sleep – lazybones!!!

No matter how great your husband is cutting the grass DON’T let him cut your hair!!!This is something I will NEVER ask him to do again 😂😂😂


Colin’s at work just now but I hope your enjoying Kyle and Colin playing on a Thursday night to say a huge thank you to all our wonderful careers for the fantastic work they are all doing 👏👏👏

I hope your all keeping busy and safe, lots of love to you and your family and hopefully not long till we see each other again 🥰🥰🥰

Get to Know the Cart Mill Team

Hi everyone. Val here. Hope you are all keeping busy. As part of our Blog we thought it would be nice to run a getting to know the Cart Mill team. So, today it is my turn.
During lockdown, I have been working from home and planting lots of vegetables in my garden but what else can I tell you about me?

I moved to Netherlee when I was a baby

I went to Williamwood High School so haven’t really travelled very far! I have 3 children, 2 sons and a daughter who all go/went to Williamwood too!

I don’t really watch tv but I do quite like keeping up with news and current affairs programmes like Question Time.

You all know I love being outdoors as much as possible, I speak French and my favourite colour is blue but what might you not know about me… well, I climb, hill walk and ski.

I used to horse ride and competed in 3 day eventing and won lots of rosettes.

I absolutely love watching football and have a season ticket for my favourite football team and I also play classical piano.

Something I’m sure you all know is, I am missing you all very much and can’t wait to see you all as soon as possible.
Stay safe and take care xx