Athena & Arlo- July 17

Fighting like cats and dogs pretty much describes these two at the moment. Not all the time, but a lot of it. There has even been a bit of blood drawn, though I think that was an accident. The latest thing seems to be arguments over who is sat on me, or closest to me. Neither of them will show me any attention until one gets close enough for me to ask for a cuddle or a kiss, then the other one will appear as if by magic, lashing out to get onto my lap. I often find myself pinned between the two of them in the middle of the sofa unable to reach my tea, in the middle of a brutal turf war. I shouldn’t complain really but boy is it tiring to be constantly telling him to stop kicking her, and telling her to move away from him when he is lashing out. She just sits there and lets him beat her with his feet and then lashes out herself with her famously sharp pinches or punches. I really dread the teen years!

Athena and Arlo July 17

There are still some lovely little moments of calm, friendship and sibling love of course. It’s just that they’re outweighed in my memory by the vicious ones! Here’s hoping next month is a calmer one!

Athena and Arlo July 17These photos were taken last Sunday when I needed to escape the house, so we hit the beach early and spent a lovely (mostly calm) morning there, though they wouldn’t sit together and pose for a photo so I just had to snap and hope I got something worth sharing!  Athena and Arlo July 17

Athena and Arlo July 17

Linking up with the Dear Beautiful Boy #SiblingsProject.

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8 Comments

  1. 15th July 2017 / 10:32 am

    Sibling relationships are so interesting to watch, one minute they are fighting the next they are giggling together

  2. 15th July 2017 / 11:39 am

    The kids look so happy and carefree! And you’re so lucky to have the beach near you ^_^

  3. 15th July 2017 / 12:46 pm

    It’s hard when they go through these phases. Thankfully we seem to have these a lot less now Alice is older. She doesn’t do the game playing like when they were younger. Lovely photos on the beach x

  4. 15th July 2017 / 3:11 pm

    My two have just started fighting over things and I find I always have to get out so they are occupied! Gorgeous pictures x

  5. 15th July 2017 / 9:05 pm

    Ahhh they are utterly adorable! I love these photos, sibling relationships are amazing to watch unfold ,it’s my favourite part of parenting.

  6. 31st July 2017 / 9:05 am

    They sound just like my two – I spend half my life playing referee. And although Toby doesn’t mind Gabe getting a cuddle there’s no way Gabe will let Toby sit on my lap with wanting to get in on the action! We are getting a few more moments of playing nicely together too though so I’m hoping they increase and the fighting eases off a bit too. It looks like Athena and Arlo had fun on the beach anyway 🙂 #SiblingsProject

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