#YEPLeeds Family of the Week: Meet the Carney-Peats

Nicola Carney with daughter Tilly Carney-Peat.
Nicola Carney with daughter Tilly Carney-Peat.
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If your world revolves around your family, we want to know. So we’ve put together a few questions to give us a sneaky peek into your lives.

This week we hear from Nicola Carney, her partner Darren Peat and their daughter Tilly, who live in Leeds city centre.

What do you do?

Darren is director of his own business, I’m an architectural technician and interior designer, E-commerce shop owner, charity events organiser for Ruddi’s Retreat and also run Baby and Toddler Sports Sessions at Leeds Sports Centre – all under the ‘Tilly Tally’ umbrella.

What family task takes you the longest?

Getting dressed. Our home is a happy musical home – it’s hard to get dressed and dance at the same time!

What’s the weirdest thing your daughter has done?

Tilly has the habit of bringing the outdoors indoors – in particular rocks or stones. Our apartment is like the Disney store – she sets up scenes and performances all day long and hides things in our bed.

What’s the funniest thing she has done?

Reciting telephone conversations that I’ve had with her dad – in the middle of a quiet coffee shop. Her latest is “I’m sorry, the signal went and it just went off, either that or you had enough of my babbling!”

What are your hobbies and favourite family day out?

We love VWs. We have a camper van and Beetle and love driving off on an adventure. For a day out we like the theatre, cinema or Baby Rave.

What’s the hardest thing about being a parent?

Definitely our work/life balance – these younger years are not to be missed. Tilly works with mummy and daddy if we are busy. She has her own desk at mummy and daddy HQ.

What’s a typical evening for the grown-ups once Tilly is in bed?

Me and Daddy have our own businesses and love to work from home and bounce ideas off each other. We do however live in the city, so when Tilly sleeps mummy can nip out with friends for a vino!

What is Leeds’ most family-friendly restaurant and why?

Ciao Bella restaurant on Dock Street; they are brilliant with children and don’t see them as an issue.

Best thing about weekends?

Weekends are family days, whether it be making homemade pizzas, Sunday lunch or visits to the grandparents. Work is a “sometimes” but family is a MUST!

* Fancy being our Family of the Week? We’d love to hear from you. Email debbie.leigh@ypn.co.uk or tweet @DebbieLeighYEP.

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