Living Arrows {2018} 49/53

December 3, 2018

Every week I join in with Living Arrows, a blog linky run by Donna at What the Redhead Said. The name Living Arrows comes from a poem by Kahlil Gibran; “You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth”, and each Monday I share a photo of M, and one of B, and a bit about what we’ve been up to the previous week.


Last week turned out to be a bit of a nearly-nightmare, really! If you’ve seen my Instastories, you’ll probably already know all about this, but on Wednesday, I injured my elbow while wafting the smoke alarm with a tea towel. I know, my life is all glamour! Anyway, after asking on Facebook, font of all knowledge, if it was possible to break your elbow and still kind of be able to move it, several people worried me with their experiences enough for me to phone 111 (but not until Thursday evening).

Of course, 111 sent me to A&E because I don’t think they ever dare tell anyone that they’ll probably be fine without medical attention. It’s a very long story that I won’t bore you with (I was going to, but it went on for paragraphs and I’ve decided that it’s very unlikely that anyone will be that interested). The short story is, after many, many, hours at the hospital across two days, and after some pretty shoddy ‘don’t breastfeed your baby’ advice, it was determined that my elbow was not, in fact, broken after all. Phew!


Once I’d caught up on a bit of sleep, we had a lovely family weekend decorating the Christmas tree and doing a spot of Christmas shopping. This week’s photographs were taken while we were getting out all of the decorations. B was, of course, very interested in the Christmas lights and kept trying to play with them. I love the way the star light in this photograph is lighting up her face and making her eyes sparkle.


B with the Christmas lights


Of course, decorating a tree with a toddler wouldn’t be decorating a tree with a toddler unless something got broken, and unfortunately M managed to smash a bauble. Fortunately, it wasn’t a particularly sentimental one and she didn’t hurt herself. After that, though, M was incredibly nervous about touching any of the decorations, so it took quite a bit of cajoling from us, a cuddle from Daddy and some clearly non-breakable decorations to ease her back into it!


M adding a decoration to the tree


I’m so pleased that I took these photographs, because in previous years, Christmas has always seemed to be a bit of a rush and I don’t really have any particularly nice photographs of any of us from Christmases past. I suppose we were probably too busy having fun to pick up the camera, but it is nice to have some of these memories captured.

How has your week been? Have you decorated your tree yet?


A weekly photo diary of our daughters' lives, at eight months and two and a half years old. This week, I nearly break my elbow, and we've put up the Christmas tree.


Living Arrows

10 responses to “Living Arrows {2018} 49/53”

  1. Such pretty twinkly photos. We haven’t put our tree up yet but it’s waiting outside ready to go! #livingarrows

  2. Maria says:

    Love that photo of B and what a relief that your elbow isn’t broken!! #LivingArrows

  3. I have very few photos of the tree – everything seems to go by in a whirlwind. Although this year I did make sure I took some as we were decorating it. And I always try to get a picture of them with the lights. Sometimes they come out okay sometimes they are totally out of focus! x

    • Jules says:

      I’ve noticed the quality of my photos wasn’t as good as the light wasn’t great, but I’m glad I captured the moment a little bit! x

  4. Donna says:

    Oh your decorating looks like a picture of Christmas perfection – despite the broken bauble! I am SO glad your arm isn’t broken, what a nightmare that would have been!! x

  5. Sarah says:

    These are such lovely pictures. So glad to hear your elbow isn’t broken too – I bet you could have done without all the time spent waiting to find out though! #LivingArrows

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