Living Arrows {2018} 53/53

December 31, 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 was the crazy week that was Christmas! I know I’ve been banging on all year about how quickly time is passing, but this last week really has gone by in the blink of an eye. We’ve seen friends, family and hit the Boxing Day sales, which has kept us busy.

But this busyness has meant that that I’ve barely taken any photographs, of course. I tried hard to take more photographs on Christmas Day than I have in previous years. I only have one or two terrible phone snaps from M’s first two Christmases. I guess it’s a good sign that I’m giving all of my attention to my family, but it does make me a bit sad that I don’t have any lovely photographs to look back on of such special times.

The photos that I did take aren’t as ‘perfect’ as usual, as I was in a hurry to get back to enjoying whatever it was we were doing at the time, but they are at least something to look back on.


Both photographs were taken at the Christmas dinner table. Yep, the candles are wonky and there’s mess in the background, but I don’t care! This was B’s first Christmas dinner, and she loved it. B has been so gung-ho about weaning; she won’t let us feed her anything, preferring to feed herself with her hands. This was particularly great at the Christmas table as it meant that we could all just enjoy our own food and each other’s company, without having to spoon feed a baby!

I love this photo of M as she just seems so grown up. She looks as though she’s completely engaged by whichever grandparent it was that was talking to her – and she was fortunate enough to have all four of her grandparents at the Christmas dinner table.

Now, we’re looking towards the New Year. Next year, B will celebrate her first birthday, and M will turn three. Three years old! I’m looking forward to watching them learn and grow in 2019.

Living Arrows

12 responses to “Living Arrows {2018} 53/53”

  1. Looks like they both enjoyed their Christmas dinner, and how lovely that all 4 grandparents were there. Hope you have a great new year! x #LivingArrows

  2. Katy Stevens says:

    I love both photos! Photos don’t need to be perfect, especially if they are to be a realistic memory maker! Happy New Year x

  3. Sarah says:

    They’re lovely pictures – I don’t think I took any of the boys on Christmas day this year! It’s been lovely watching your girls grow through Living Arrows this year. See you next week for 1/52 again!

    • Jules says:

      Thank you. I’m so pleased that I got to the end of the year without missing a week! Looking forward to next year x

  4. Tim says:

    How lovely that M was able to share Christmas with all 4 grandparents and interact fully with them. And next year she will be even more knowledgeable and involved in the magic of Christmas – it’s such a lovely age for them to be when the festive season rolls around!

    • Jules says:

      Thank you. Yes, I’m looking forward to next Christmas already as B will be that bit older, too. Hopefully all of the grandparents will be able to join us again, too. Happy New Year to you.

  5. Oh I know what you mean about photos I struggle a lot of the time too and get so hung up on the perfect. But these are perfect. Sounds like Christmas dinner was great and I hope you had a very Happy New Year. Looking forward to seeing your adventures in 2019.

    • Jules says:

      Thank you! I’ve discounted so many photos at the moment – the light is terrible outside as well as in, and it’s showing in my photographs! Hopefully it will brighten up soon. Roll on the Spring! x

  6. Donna says:

    It’s so lovely that B just wants to get on with it, be independent and join in. I hardly ever take photos at Christmas and only took a couple this year. Thank you for being a part of Living Arrows, for joining in each week and for giving me an insight into your children growing up – it’s been such a pleasure to watch them both grow and their relationship develop x

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