MOTHER’S Day celebrations lead up to a double-milestone for Lauren Groves, who has spent the past year juggling motherhood, work and running a franchise.
It will be the first Mother’s Day since her 11-month-old daughter Arlee was born, and falls a week ahead of the first anniversary of her and fiance Adon Scott taking over Red Rooster in Kalamunda.
“We took over the store last June,” Miss Groves said.
“A week before we took over the store, I had my daughter.
“When she was first born, she would be in her pram behind the counter.
“Chips were one of her first solid foods.”
The staff have watched Arlee grow and always try get a smile out of her, although she isn’t in the store as much now that she is older and more active.
While her fiance, who grew up in Kalamunda, has continued to work in the building industry, Miss Groves also works part-time at West Balcatta Primary School.
“I’m still a school teacher, now one day a week,” she said.
“It’s all go, go, go. Even before children and before Red Rooster, I always liked to keep busy, that’s how I function best.”
Miss Grove said she did the payroll and accounts for the store, which employs almost 30 people.
“Before my daughter goes to school, we are looking to move to Kalamunda,” the Cloverdale resident said.
“We think that would be a really nice place to raise our family and be close to the store.”
Unsure what to expect for her first official Mother’s Day, Miss Groves said Mr Scott had surprised her last year.
“Last Mother’s Day, I scored a little something as I was pregnant,” she said.
“He is really good with surprises, (but) as long as I’m with Adon and Arlee, I will be happy.
“It’s a year of firsts – we’ve just had our first Easter (with Arlee) and things like that.”