Living Arrows 21/52

“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth” Kahlil Gibran.

Every Monday for the rest of this year I will share with you two photo’s of my children that celebrate their childhood.

I’ve been a terrible blogger this week and barely taken any photo’s of the kids at all. I usually like to post separate photo’s of them but this week I only have one of them together.

Daisy & Jake

Drawing, writing and colouring are Daisy’s favourite activities and Jake seems to following suit. The weather has reverted back to being rainy so the kids have had to play indoors. Daisy almost always chooses to do something creative. While Jake prefers to build or play with playdough.

It was so nice to see them getting along, sitting peacefully beside one another. As siblings they do butt heads regularly. It can feel like I’ve spent my whole day refereeing squabbles sometimes.

On this particular day we had the soundtrack to Moana playing in the background. Daisy is singing along to ‘We know the way’. It’s simple little things like this that I want to remember.

It’s too easy to only take photo’s on a day out or at a special event. So I’m going to challenge myself to take at least one photo a day of the kids to capture the ordinary times as well.

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Living Arrows 20/52

“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth” Kahlil Gibran.

Every Monday for the rest of this year I will share with you two photo’s of my children that celebrate their childhood.

Last week saw us celebrate Jake’s birthday in the sunshine. Here in the North West we have been treated to some lovely weather for the past couple of weeks. Even on the grey days there has been some sunshine poking through. Once again the garden has been the place to be after school, it’s given Jake lots of time to practice on his new balance bike.

Daisy

On Friday Daisy was awarded the Headteachers Award at school. She got it for always giving 100% in everything she does and her positive attitude to learning. Of course we have our moments with her at home like anyone else but on the whole she’s pretty terrific. As you can imagine we are very proud of her. This week she’s been asking me questions that I’ve had to google the answers to !

Jake 

Jake has had fun with his birthday presents this week. As well as building his new Duplo and learning how to ride his balance bike he’s been busy painting. I love the look of concentration on his face with his little tongue poking out.

An early nursery place isn’t looking likely although they have promised he can go for the last two weeks before the Summer holidays. He is more than ready to go and make new friends but at least he won’t be alone as a new starter in September.

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Living Arrows 19/52

“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth” Kahlil Gibran.

Every Monday for the rest of this year I will share with you two photo’s of my children that celebrate their childhood.

Last week brought lots of sunshine and blue skies and that meant lots of garden time for the kids. My kids love to be outdoors and it definitely has a positive impact on their moods and behaviour. The walk to and from school always seems much nicer when the suns shining too.

After school Daisy was eager to get on her bike in the garden and Jake followed suit. Come bedtime they were both shattered. They were out for the count as soon as their heads hit the pillow. I really hope we are going to have a good Summer this year.

Jake

As I publish this post Jake will have just one day left of being two. My littlest boy is growing up and I couldn’t be prouder. The last couple of months have seen us turn a corner with Jake, every day brings change for the better. He never fails to make me laugh even when I’m trying to be cross with him.

Daisy

I love listening to Daisy read. Nowadays she barely needs any help from me which amazes me. It will soon be time for another school holiday and when she returns her transition to year 1 will begin. Time seriously needs to slow down.

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Living Arrows 14/52

“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth” Kahlil Gibran.

Every Monday for the rest of this year I will share with you two photo’s of my children that celebrate their childhood.

I’m pleased to report that last week was a much better week for us all. Although, I’m not quite sure where on earth that week went.

I’ve noticed a lot of people mention that their kids have finished school for the Easter holidays, Daisy has almost two weeks left ! I must admit I’m slightly jealous, I love the slower pace of life that half term brings, I of course don’t love the inevitable sibling squabbles.

The weather forecast is promising some sunshine this coming week which s great news. I might even let the kids break out the shorts and t-shirts.

Jake

The thing that lots of us parents dread has finally happened, Jake has totally dropped his afternoon nap ! I know I was probably a bit spoilt that he’s had one up until now. I tend to get very tired in the afternoon so instead of a nap I’m insisting on some quiet time. It gives both Jake and I a chance to recharge our batteries. Some days we read books but sometimes I let Jake watch something on my iPad. It gives him the down time he needs and me a little time to rest.

Daisy

I can’t claim this picture as my own but it’s my favourite one of Daisy from this week. This lucky little girl was treated to a Friday night sleepover and a breakfast with Belle and The Beast the next day. My lovely cousin came to collect Daisy after school on Friday. On Saturday she surprised her with a visit to a Beauty and The Beast themed breakfast at a local restaurant. There were games, songs and stories and Daisy even got to dance with the beast himself.

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Living Arrows 13/52

“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth” Kahlil Gibran.

Every Monday for the rest of this year I will share with you two photo’s of my children that celebrate their childhood.

I’ve not taken many photo’s this week of the children. Some weeks just seem to whizz by and not much is achieved. The children continue to grow and change regardless, I love that I can capture a still of those tiny differences from week to week.

Daisy

Someone couldn’t resist trying on Mummy’s specs this week. Funnily enough she did have an eye test at school which she didn’t pass. We are just waiting for a further appointment to see what the problem is. In other fantastic news, Daisy went up a reading level and now has to visit the year 1 classroom to choose her reading books. It won’t be long before she’s reading us a story at bedtime.

Jake

I’m not going to sugar coat it, last week with Jake was very very stressful. He’s always been a challenge but last week was an absolute nightmare. I’m hoping it’s because he’s been under the weather lately and not a permanent thing. This stickle brick creation is a banana shooting machine, nothing beats the imagination of an almost 3 year old.

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Living Arrows 12/52

“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth” Kahlil Gibran.

Every Monday for the rest of this year I will share with you two photo’s of my children that celebrate their childhood.

Last week was a tough one all round. The children are poorly yet again, Daisy has an ear infection and Jake has a nasty snotty cold. I really am fed up of all these illnesses plaugeing us, it’s so hard to stay positive sometimes. Stress levels have been through the roof and everyone has been grumpy.

I know there will always be days and weeks like this, it’s part and parcel of life. I suppose all we can do is just keep rolling with it.

Jake

Jake has just started asking me for specific food at mealtimes. He’s been happily reeling off a list of things he likes and things he doesn’t. Although he’s full of a cold he’s had one hell of an appetite this week. He’s not usually a great eater but he’s wolfed his food down this week even asking for seconds. I’m fully expecting a sudden growth spurt in the next few weeks.

Boiled egg and soldiers are a firm favourite in our house.

Daisy

We spent all day in our pyjamas on Sunday, after the stressful week we’ve had it was called for. Daisy wanted to make some cupcakes for her packed lunch on Monday. We had a box of those quick and easy, add an egg types in the cupboard thankfully. She’s still taking antibiotics for an ear infection but I’m hoping we’ve seen the back of being poorly for a while.

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Living Arrows 11/52

“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth” Kahlil Gibran.

Every Monday for the rest of this year I will share with you two photo’s of my children that celebrate their childhood.

One goal that I make every year but inevitably fail at is to try to get outside more. I don’t mean just in the garden but to actually go somewhere on the weekend. Sometimes I find myself having to squash in the remainder of undone chores from the week in to the weekend. This leaves little time to visit anywhere other than the local park.

I was determined to get out together as a family this weekend. I planned in advance so no matter what the weather there were no excuses. We went to a local farm, it’s community run and the entry fee is more than reasonable. It’s the perfect place to take photo’s and make memories. That’s what life is all about after all.

Daisy

Daisy drinks in everything around her. She always wants to know why, or how or when. I feel privileged to watch her learn and grow. I might not have all the answers for her but I will certainly try my best.

Jake is a hands on little boy. He loves to touch and explore so the sensory garden at the farm was his paradise. So much will change for him in the next few months. He will turn 3 and start going to nursery and those last little pieces of babyhood will be left behind.

Nappies are slowly being replaced with big boy undies. The booster seat at the dinner table is about to be retired and the stair gates are redundant. Jake is my last baby so these little but important changes are almost bittersweet.

 

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Living Arrows 10/52

“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth” Kahlil Gibran.

Every Monday for the rest of this year I will share with you two photo’s of my children that celebrate their childhood.

The first week back after half term has been a soggy one and the weekend has been no different. The kids think the gigantic puddles are great fun and they have wanted to splosh through them at every opportunity.

On Saturday while I enjoyed a much needed Mummy day out the kids enjoyed a trip to a soft play centre with Daddy. They had lunch and a play before heading home where I found them snoozing on the couch when I came home. On Sunday they went to Nanny and Grandad’s for the afternoon so they have had quite a busy weekend.

Jake

Jake loves to build, whether it’s blocks or bricks he loves to make cars and planes. His dexterity amazes me sometimes. There are only 2 months left until his 3rd birthday. He’s growing up so fast but in lots of ways he is still my baby.

Daisy

Daisy always wants to do what Mummy does. She watches me putting on make-up or doing my hair and always asks lots of questions. I know she’s excited to be a big girl but I want to keep her little just for a while longer. After her shower last week she asked to have a hair turban ‘like Mummy’. As you can she was delighted with the results.

 

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Living Arrows 9/52

“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth” Kahlil Gibran.

Every Monday for the rest of this year I will share with you two photo’s of my children that celebrate their childhood.

Last week was half term for Daisy and my goodness has it gone by quickly. We enjoyed a much slower pace of life last week. I think it was exactly what we all needed especially the children. Our days were nice and relaxed, I let the children choose what they wanted to do and almost every day. Despite the weather being wild (hello Doris) most of the week there were the odd brighter days. The children took full advantage and played in the somewhat soggy garden.

I took a huge step back last week and decided to reassess where and how my time is being spent. I’ve been so busy and stressed lately that it’s starting to affect us as a family. Putting everything to one side to spend quality time with the children has made me realise exactly what I do and don’t want.

Daisy

Daisy has been asking me for ages if she can play in the garden so when I finally said yes she was delighted. We have a large patch of grass in the centre that gets really boggy during the Winter. For a few months it means the garden is out of bounds to little feet.

I also had to explain to her that just because the sun was shining didn’t mean it was Summer. She wanted to wear her summer dress and go outside with no coat on. Hopefully there will be lots of days ahead soon that she can play outside to her heart’s content.

Jake

Can you believe we still have some toys and games from Christmas that haven’t been played with yet ! Jake got this Minion play-doh set from Father Christmas and we finally opened it. He was a little apprehensive at first of the worm like hair but once he realised he could snip it off he was away. He can spend hours squashing, moulding and chopping it really captures his attention and imagination.

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Living Arrows 8/52

“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth” Kahlil Gibran.

Every Monday for the rest of this year I will share with you two photo’s of my children that celebrate their childhood.

Last week wasn’t the best of weeks. The children and I were still struggling with this horrible cough and cold. We just couldn’t seem to shake it. Fingers crossed we seem to all be on the mend just in time for half term.

It looks like there’s some nice weather on the way this week so we plan to make the most of it. The children will finally be able to play in the garden. They love being outdoors.

Jake

Despite feeling poorly Jake still wanted to play. He built himself a little fort with his toys and the storage boxes. This is the bat cave den.

Daisy

I just had to include this photo. Daisy loves anything to do with beauty especially lip balms. We went shopping on Saturday and I let her choose a new one. I didn’t think to check if it was tinted but we soon found out.

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