Living Arrows 4

by Jemma Harvey-Jones

No. 4


“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth” by Kahlil Gibran

This week has been a mixed bag weather wise for us: Torrential rain, gales, sunshine and snow. It seemed to really affect everyone’s mood at times; earlier in the week I felt that being stuck in another lockdown was more of a struggle than it had ever been before.  We were all just so ‘niggly’. Little M was all over the place – as unpredictable as the weather – and even Baby F refused to be put down.  By Tuesday afternoon the feeling of being ‘weighed down’ by it all got to me; I felt so sad about the cloud that we seemed to have been under for the last 48 hours.  I realised that to save our sanity we needed to get out of the house for our daily adventures without fail. We dressed to defy the elements and (since we have such an obsession with ‘Frozen’ in our house – Olaf is our favourite obvs.) we sang our way through the unpredictable weather. Every time I dragged the children out for a walk with the dogs we belted out “Let it rain,” or “Let it snow,” or even “Let it shine,” (when the sun did finally make an appearance). Our windy song lyrics weren’t the best to be fair; I’d chosen to go on a slightly more ‘adventurous walk’ with Little M since we didn’t take Baby F with us on this one.  This involved getting stuck in mud and falling off a stile amongst other issues, so I don’t think I was on form with the songwriting on this occasion. Anyway, lack of lyrical mastery aside, there’s definitely been some highs and lows this week but we’ve come out the other side smiling and that’s all that matters. This was our ‘adventurous walk’:


I am so pleased that Little M was able to enjoy some snow on Sunday… last time we had snow she was too young. She had so much fun throwing snowballs at her daddy and for the dogs to chase on our walk across the fields.

Just over a mile into the walk we had to stop to build a tiny snowman. Little M kicked the head off as soon as she had finished (hoping that this is just because of how Princess Anna reacts to meeting Olaf in Frozen and not a sign of anything more sinister) and then Eric, our puggle, stole the carrot nose – not sure you could call it a success really?

Oh and we saw some piggies – Little M’s favourite!

Back in the house and we’ve managed to do a little baking…

(We’ll put a link to our recipe here).

… and Baby F had her first nibble on a rusk, which she thoroughly enjoyed!

She’s becoming more and more interested in her toys and surroundings, still trying to roll and almost sitting too!

Proud Daddy moment alert! I love how they fall asleep looking like they are mid-dance move.

Living Arrows is a weekly linky, hosted by the fabulous Donna from What The Redhead Said, celebrating childhood. The project originally took its name from a poem by Kahlil Gibran, “You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth”. Every Monday we will share a photo/photos from the previous week that capture a moment of childhood.

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