Living Arrows 5

by Jemma Harvey-Jones

No. 5


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

It’s been a bit of a quiet week in our house – even quieter than all the rest. We have had to isolate since Thursday (necessary prior to a hospital appointment), so I feel a little like there’s nothing much to report. We have had another little go at potty training again but with no luck. We managed to squeeze in a couple of muddy/rainy walks earlier in the week, after that we battened down the hatches and spent much of our time indoors. We did make a new friend on our outdoor adventures though!

Little M finally got enough confidence to stroke the pony!

I’ve spoken before about how much better we all feel once we’ve been outside in the fresh air; those outings across our neighbouring fields and around the lanes are our lifeline. Having that taken away from us, even for only a few days, brought home how much we rely on them for our mental wellbeing.

I absolutely love this photo –
Little M was so excited when
the pony nuzzled her hand.

With us spending so much time spent indoors this week, it felt at times like I was trying to set up a never-ending ‘buffet’ of toys and entertainment for Little M. By lunchtime each day I was shattered and the house was total mess. Little M seemed to move from one thing to next, much like a whirlwind; I think she could sense our anxiety about the hospital appointment and reacted to it. I did have a bit of a lightbulb moment though and silently high-fived myself for it: I dug out a treasure chest from my resources that I brought home from school for safe keeping whilst I’m on maternity leave. Just like the littlies in my class, Little M was very taken with the antique keys! They even inspired lots of super ‘maths talk’. I can’t believe I didn’t think of it before.

Another activity that kept her occupied for quite a while were her rainbow pebbles. I had to include this picture – it makes me smile so much. Little M chose to play with her pebbles on our light table. She copied the mouse in the picture but wanted to add legs, a nose and eyes!

Baby F has also been busy this week – learning to roll! She’s been getting super frustrated for a couple of weeks now but she’s finally managed it! She of course hates being on her back now and is clearly already desperate to be on the move with her sister. It’s wonderful watching them falling more and more in love with one another.

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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Katrina | ChatterFox February 1, 2021 - 3:38 pm

I am dreading if we ever have to isolate, our daily walks are keeping us sane. I couldn’t imagine two solid weeks stuck inside with my 3 year old. So thankful we’ve got a reasonable garden and warm coats!

Katrina x

Jemma Harvey-Jones February 1, 2021 - 4:05 pm

The summer was so easy in comparison, wasn’t it?! Never mind – hopefully things will get better before too long x

rachelswirl February 2, 2021 - 12:55 pm

Wow, those keys look so awesome and must be incredibly tactile for your little ones to count, touch, feel, and to look at. Such lovely pictures!

Jemma Harvey-Jones February 2, 2021 - 1:33 pm

Thank you 🙂 yes we love them, although they have made their way into getting stuck in various locks in our house before… x

Hannah February 4, 2021 - 10:18 pm

Gorgeous photos, looks like a busy week 🙂 #livingarrows

Donna February 5, 2021 - 1:54 pm

It sounds like you have such nice places to explore locally. We hardly ever get outside at the moment between school work and the weather! x

Mudpie Fridays February 6, 2021 - 10:18 am

Love the idea of the keys. We have some plastic ones my youngest still plays with now. But nothing as beautiful as those. Lovely photos of them together at the end. Mine are definitely bonding over this experience, must find the positives where we can. #livingarrows

Lisa (mummascribbles) February 7, 2021 - 10:08 pm

Aww what gorgeous photos. I totally get the lifeline of field walks right now. The garden just doesn’t have the same effect because it is so cold and so easy to just go back indoors and out the kettle on!!

Sarah February 7, 2021 - 10:13 pm

Those keys look like a brilliant thing to play with. And I’m intrigued by your light table! I hope everything goes/ has gone OK with the hospital appointment and you can get out again soon. #LivingArrows


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