Athena & Arlo in October 

Isn’t it odd that only a few days away from your kids can highlight just how fast they grow and change? After just under a week away Athena seemed taller and more confident (though hard to believe she could get any more confident) and Arlo was chatting more and called me Lauren instead of Mummy! They’re still as thick as thieves, and I think they may even be bickering less than they were before I went away! Athena is still loving school, and Arlo often tells me he wants to go too! We went on a pine cone, acorn and conker expedition yesterday as Athena has to take some bits into her Forest School next week, so we headed up to the Slindon Pumpkin shop to get some Pumpkins, then…

Athena & Arlo – September 2017

This months picture had to be a starting school one really! Plus with the whole starting school thing we’ve not really been anywhere too exciting to take more thrilling photos! This was Athena’s ‘first day’ photo, with Arlo alongside her. In all honesty not a lot has changed between these two over the past month, they’re still thick as thieves one moment and mortal enemies the next! Arlo still very much idolises his sister most of the time, though his childminder pointed out that he is far more independent on days when Athena isn’t with him, which was interesting! Now she’s started school full time she won’t be there to cramp his style anymore anyway! His vocabulary has come on leaps and bounds too recently which means we can all…

Athena & Arlo – August 2017

Arlo loves Athena. She is more or less the only person he will listen to, often I have to get her to ask him to do something to get it to happen. They’re mostly the best of friends with a few little tiffs here and there, which are easily forgotten. He really looks up to her, idolises her even! But doesn’t she know it… she’ll often be found setting up some trap for Arlo to fall into so it looks like he was the one that tipped all the toys out/unravelled the loo roll/ threw the remote control down the stairs. If I ask a question that starts ‘who…’ she’ll quip back with ‘Arlo did it’ as quick as you like! Often the question was going to be ‘who want’s…

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…

Athena & Arlo – June 2017

Joined at the hip is more or less the only way to describe these two this month. There are tears from Arlo if Athena heads into the bathroom and closes the door, which she only does because we’re trying to teach her about privacy, not necessarily within her family but as a general rule – She’d quite happily have him in there with her for conversations whilst sat on the loo! The thing is they then get into mischief like smearing shaving cream all over the cupboard doors! Sharing a room has really forged the bond with these two though, and they are heading off to play in their room quite a lot, although Athena still calls it ‘My room’! She’ll sing Arlo a song when he’s not happy to…

Athena & Arlo – May 2017

A couple of weeks before we went away for a week Sam slaved over building a bunk bed for these two, and they spent two nights in their room together before we went away. I was expecting tears and to be sitting in the dark waiting for Arlo to drop off to sleep as I had done when he was still in our room but it was actually painless! A couple of minutes of hand holding and off to sleep he went!  They were sharing a room on holiday too  and all the fresh air and activities conked them out so putting them to bed was a breeze! Arlo got sick on the evening of our last day and hasn’t been himself since,  so has been napping during the day…

Athena & Arlo – April 2017

 I know this photo isn’t the normal sort of photo I share for our monthly Siblings posts, but it sums these two up over the past month… running away from me & causing havoc. Either trying to get into something they shouldn’t, get hold of something they shouldn’t or generally just not listening to me! This was at St Pauls Cathedral on Monday, and was about the only time they were both going in the same direction! They are getting so close now that Arlo is talking more and able to communicate what he wants a lot better, and its just so lovely, even if I have been given a taste of what’s to come in the future when they gang up on me!   We went out for the…