Living Arrows 6/52 {2019}

February 11, 2019

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.

I really enjoyed last week. It was a mixture of time at home and getting out and about, and it felt like we had the balance just about right. I’m really enjoying our ‘outside every day’ challenge; I wrote last week about how it really is a challenge to force ourselves outside sometimes, but it is so worth it. If you follow that link, you can see a little video of how we got on in January.

Yesterday was a prime example of how, before we started this challenge, we’d have just stayed inside. It had rained for most of the day and we were all feeling a bit…meh. But I was adamant that we needed to get outside, so we went for a little walk to the shop. Via the park, of course. It was so nice to be outside in the crisp, cold air; to blow away the cobwebs.

B’s photograph was taken just before we went out for our walk on Sunday. On Friday, we went into Norwich and hunted for some little teapots, cups and saucers in charity shops. I wanted them for a tuff spot that I’ve got planned. I don’t usually shop in charity shops, but M and I both really enjoyed the variety of things on offer, and the excitement of seeing if they had what we were looking for. And, of course, the bargains!

The girls have hardly stopped playing with the treasures that we bought, and in this photograph, you can see B with a teapot that M had filled with little pieces of paper, earlier in the weekend (as you do!). I was enjoying watching B peering into the teapot, reaching in to retrieve the pieces of paper, and tipping it up and shaking it. I decided to grab my camera to capture her, and as I did so, she turned to look at me. As you can see, she was feeling very pleased with herself!

M’s photograph was taken on Saturday. We went to our favourite cafe in Beccles for lunch. Matthew had asked me to order him a milkshake (he always pops to the barbers for a haircut while we get settled at a table) and M overheard and asked for one, too. We are pretty (okay, very) strict with what we allow M to drink; she is only usually allowed milk or water. As a treat, she has a milk babyccino with a sprinkle of chocolate dusting on top. But she asked for a milkshake, and I agreed, thinking that as it was on the children’s menu, it would just be milk blitzed with a little fruit.

Unfortunately, I was wrong, and it was just a smaller version of the adult milkshakes, which appeared to mostly consist of ice cream. Whoops! I’m not so mean that I’d take it away from her after saying she could have it though, so she just had her pudding alongside her lunch. M was absolutely in her element and insisted on having her milkshake in an exact spot right next to her – I think she knew that it was a cheeky drink and was worried that we were going to take it away!

This week, we’ve got lots of things planned to keep us busy, but I’m sure we’ll manage a little bit of down time, too. I hope you have a good week!

A weekly photo diary of our daughters' lives, at ten months and two years 8 months old. This week, B is learning to play by herself, and M has a milkshake the size of her head!

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16 responses to “Living Arrows 6/52 {2019}”

  1. Katy Stevens says:

    Look at her with that milkshake, she’s like YESSSS! Very cute! I love a little trip to the charity shop, especially if I’m not looking for something specific.

    • Jules says:

      I enjoyed hunting for the things that we were looking for, but I don’t think I’d like browsing for nothing in particular. But I think that’s in the same way that I don’t really enjoy just ‘going for a walk’. I like to have a goal!

  2. We didn’t make it out the house on Sunday! Although we spent most of Saturday outside. Love that the teapot has become such a firm favourite. You have reminded me to get Monkey’s old set out for Kipper tomorrow. Its funny how they instinctively know when they have something they shouldnt. I would have assumed the same as you x

    • Jules says:

      I’m looking forward to getting some fruit teas in the teapots – M is obsessed with pouring, so she’s going to love it (obviously using cold water!).

  3. RachelSwirl says:

    Awesome – an ice-cream milk shake sounds incredible. Such lovely pictures!

  4. Maria says:

    Oh wow look at the milkshake! No wonder she didn’t want to let it out of her sight! #LivingArrows

    • Jules says:

      I know! She insisted on it being positioned in an exact spot right near the edge of the table. I think she’d have held it with one hand all the way through lunch, if we hadn’t told her we weren’t going to take it away!

  5. Eliza Urzica says:

    B looks adorable in that photo!
    I know what you mean about going out, especially in the rain. I’m so glad I joined with Living Arrows because last year we spent most of the weeks indoors, but now I have to force myself to go out and I’m quite loving it.

    • Jules says:

      It makes such a difference just getting that bit of fresh air. And you’re right, outdoor photos are much nicer, too!

  6. Helena says:

    I understand the feeling over being torn when it comes to food and drink. We don’t have juice or fizzy drinks in the house and if we go to a cafe and I order a milkshake my girls want it too! #LivingArrows

    • Jules says:

      Fortunately, we generally eat quite healthily, but it is getting a bit tricky for us to have a treat, now that M is more aware of what we’re eating and drinking! I think next time we’ll ask them not to put the ice cream in hers!

  7. Donna says:

    I love this challenge. I know without something like this I would just stay in the house so often – it’s fantastic that it’s inspiring you to get outside, whatever the weather x

    • Jules says:

      I’m the same. I have a history of being too lazy to go out, so I’m really enjoying the fact that I’ve forced myself into this – especially as I hate failure, which makes me even more determined to stick to it! x

  8. Such a gorgeous photo of B, I love watching the fun they can have with things like that at that age! And to be fair, if I was M I would’ve kept that milkshake close by too, it looks so good! x #LivingArrows

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