Living Arrows 7/52

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

Nate  //

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Ollie  //

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I love the absolute bones of these boys.  We had a nice little Valentine’s morning… I got them a couple of gifts each and made them waffles with bacon and maple syrup.  The made a couple of cards and made sure that I knew they loved me.  Lucky isn’t a strong enough word.

Living Arrows 5 & 6/52

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

Nate //

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This little man is a superhero through and through.  Not a single day goes by that we don’t find him in a costume.  Sometimes three, sometimes four and sometimes, like in the photo above, he does a mashup and wears his Batman cape with his Antman costume. His whole persona changes when he is in costume and he is tickled when he gets to wear it out of the house to collect Ollie from school!

Ollie  //

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Ollie is devouring books these days at quite a rate!  He loves them and it’s something we are trying hard to foster in him so he gets a good lot of reading time before bed every night.  He had some Amazon vouchers left from Christmas so we went online and he got the next Diary Of A Wimpy Kid book (the 3rd is the one he is on), the 2nd Tom Gates book and the first Percy Jackson book.  He was so excited when they arrived.

Nate  //

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Nate got a new Playdoh set this week… Playdoh Pizza and it’s really cool!  It comes with little moulds to make all the toppings (broccoli, mushrooms, olives, bacon, tomatoes, onions etc) and has a squeezy tool to make the cheese and even comes with it’s own little pizza box.  He would play with Playdoh for hours undistracted so we stockpile the tubs when they’re on offer.  Oh and of course, he is in a superhero costume again.

Ollie  //

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Ollie’s current school topic is World War Two and he loves it.  He is currently working on a project on it that needs handed in this week and so far he hasn’t complained about this homework at all.  It includes a page each on things like rationing, women in the war, evacuations, shelters and gas masks.  At the end of the project he is including some pages on his own family in the war.  He was lucky enough to interview his great Grandma over skype and ask her questions about when she was evacuated etc and his Grandma was able to fill him in on her side of the family too.  He had relatives who fought, flew bomber planes and who worked in munition factories.  Very cool.

Linking up with The Ordinary Moments, Living Arrows and Practising Simplicity.

Siblings (January)

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A couple of years ago I made a point of taking a photo of the boys together once a month and I loved the end result… 12 photos at the end of the year but a snapshot into how they’d grown.  I want to do it again this year.  This photo was taken as soon as we got home from the school run.  They’re both tired and Ollie’s trousers are covered in mud, but they came home with a plan of what they’d play together… which rarely happens.

The Me and Mine Project

2016 Bucket List

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♥ Climb a mountain  ♥ Decorate the house  ♥ Skinny dip in the sea  ♥ Camp  ♥ Go to a music festival in the summer  ♥ Get the new tattoos I’ve been dreaming about  ♥ Go on more adventures with the boys  ♥ Read A LOT  ♥ Get invested in my photography and get my business off the ground  ♥ Visit another country  ♥ Do the Colour Run 5k  ♥ Volunteer
♥ Learn a language  ♥ Step outside of my comfort zone and do something cool with my hair ♥ Keep organised and up to date in my planner  ♥ Have early mornings and early nights
♥ Give blood (before I get tattooed)  ♥ Blog more consistently  ♥ Stop overthinking every situation  ♥ Be honest with myself

Christmas 2015

Christmas didn’t start quite as early as it has done in the past… unless you count Ollie coming into the bedroom at 3am to say that Santa had been!  He went back to bed and straight back to sleep though.  When it was ACTUALLY morning, we all went into Ollie’s room and the boys got stuck into the sacks that Santa brought.

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When the boys were done going through their Santa sacks (which included pyjamas, boxers, socks, sweets, books, art things, games) we made our way downstairs to open the rest of our gifts.

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This year we had a super top secret surprise present for each of the boys that was not under the tree.  We got them each an iPod Touch and hid them under breakfast cereal and called them into the dining room.  Ollie was the first to discover his… but there was also confusion on their faces followed by much excitement.

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After all the presents were opened, I made breakfast (the real breakfast that was not cheerios) which consisted of scrambled eggs, smoked salmon and potato bread.

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As is the tradition now, we all got ready to go and visit James family at his Mum’s house.  The boys got dressed in gorgeous new Christmas shirts (this might be the last year I get away with dressing them the same!) and off we went.  Christmas morning at his Mum’s is full of snacks and chatting and the boys run around crazy with their two cousins.

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This year I planned the dinner out properly so that the turkey was almost cooked when we got home.  Most years I don’t start dinner until we are back but it leaves little time in the day to do much else.  This year was a lot more relaxed.

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The boys had a ton of fun pulling the crackers and dinner was delicious.  I’d made ham the day before and this year had homemade stuffing too.  We didn’t have desert because we were too full after dinner so we sat in the living room and snuggled together watching Christmas tv while James slept.

Later in the evening, my family came round.  We had another big round of opening presents with the boys and drank shloer, mulled wine and ate mince pies.  Ollie was so surprised to see that Grandma and Grandpa had bought him a lovely half size guitar complete with everything he needed to get started learning.  Nate got a big remote control truck.  It was a lovely way to get the evening in before the boys went to bed.

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Living Arrows 3/52

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

Nate //

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Nate celebrated his birthday yesterday.  I can’t believe he is four now.  It goes so fast, especially when you’ve had your last kid… he’s just not a baby at all anymore.  He had a little party last night with family and a few friends and we got a huge big balloon in the shape of a 4.  He dressed as Captain America for everyone coming over.

Ollie //

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Ollie is getting awkward about photos.  Sometimes he is in no mood to have his photo taken and other times, he is in the mood and wants to see every single one.  Today he was relaxing after school with his Ipod, after having cleared some homework out of the way.  The giggles that come from him while he is playing his games are so lovely and he always has something he wants to show us whether it be a funny video or something he has created.

Linking up with The Ordinary Moments, Living Arrows and Practising Simplicity.