Everyday Us: Cosy Slippers

Though my kids can wind each other up, and seemingly go from love to hate in less than a minute, deep down the do love each other. If Athena cries Arlo will ask me why she’s crying. If Arlo cries Athena will try and cuddle him and make him feel better – unless he’s crying in retaliation to something she’s done to him! But this week, now they’re both back at school and preschool and have burnt off energy during the day and on the scoot home they are both happy to sit together on one sofa (leaving me the other one all to myself – amazing) and curl up together and either watch kids opening boxes on YouTube, or if I get my way CBeebies or Fireman Sam or…

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Everyday Us – ‘Helping’ with the Laundry

Both children, but Arlo especially, love to ‘help’ me with the washing. It’s got to the point where I have to double and triple check what’s in the machine before I put a wash on as often the odd discarded sock or pair of PJ bottoms will end up in there – either that are already clean or are completely the wrong colour and liable to turn a whole set of Athena’s white polo shirts blue or something! But it is lovely that they’re interested in helping, even if they squabble over who puts the ball of detergent in the wash and who presses the buttons!   Funnily enough neither of them are as keen to help me put the washing away once it’s all dried – funny that! everyday

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Dirty Little Urchins

Dirty little urchins would be about the best way to describe Athena & Arlo over the weekend. They spent their time hurtling around the campsite, barefooted and feral. Swinging on tire swings, clambering up dusty banks, chasing each other over wooden bridges and generally having as much fun as possible. Our evenings were spent toasting marshmallows and staying up late… and obviously making a mess. The bathwater when we got home was a sight for sore eyes after scrubbing these two little urchins clean in it! But I wouldn’t have it any other way! Roll on Summer… I’ve only just unpacked from this trip, but I’m off on my travels again today to the Netherlands but this time it’s just me, the kids are staying home with Sam! Hope everyone…

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Everyday Us: Athena writing her own Christmas Cards

Athena came home with her first Christmas card at the beginning of last week from a classmate. She was so excited to sit down open it and find out who it was from… I think their teacher hands them all out in bulk at the end of the day so she didn’t know exactly who was from till she opened it. She was so excited to read the name, and of course the next questions was ‘When can I write my own cards?’ Thankfully being the super organised person that I am (I know, I surprised myself!) I whipped out the box of cards that had already bought back in January in the sale! So she sat down with a pack of 30 Christmas cards and got cracking! Since starting…

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Everyday Us – Arlo’s hair cuts

When Arlo has his hair cut he is so good, and more importantly still. He is never still ordinarily, always moving, talking climbing… but the moment you sit him in a barbers chair he freezes! He’s not afraid I don’t think as he’s never upset or whiny, he just seems to know that he needs to stay still. I think Sam’s trained him well, as he took him for his first couple of cuts, but now I can take him and not have him sat on my lap. I just can’t get enough of his little serious face… when the barber held up the mirror so he could see they back he just did this little curt nod like ‘yep, that’ll do’.

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Everyday Us – Night Night Mummy

One of the everyday moments that I wish would last forever, but realistically know it won’t is Aro saying ‘Night night Mummy’. It began months ago when he started speaking, back when we were going in every hour or so to resettle him the evenings, and after a little wriggle he’d settle down again and mutter ‘Nunight Mummy’ as he drifted off again. Now he wakes up a lot less often during the night and sometimes not at all, but on the times he does I still get the little sleepy voice muttering at me before I leave his room again. I really don’t want him to ever stop doing it, although I know his voice will change soon and become a proper little boy voice rather, and then down…

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Everyday Us: Arlo & Things with Wheels

Despite having access to all sorts of toys, cuddly ones, dolls, stacking things, Duplo, Little People imagination toys and loads more Arlo is always drawn to anything with wheels. I know people say cars are not just for boys (and I agree, obviously) but there really does seem to be some inherent draw to toy cars and trains for my little boy. We’ve always had cars and wooden trains around since before he arrived for Athena to play with, and she does love them too but nowhere near as much as Arlo does. At as early as 12 months he was pointing and shouting at toys cars when we were at car boot sales, and often left clutching fist-fulls of them. At playgroups he would always gravitate towards the trains,…

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