Living Arrows 9

by Jemma Harvey-Jones


No. 9


Living Arrows; Light At The End of The Tunnel & A Week of Birthdays

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

Hello again and welcome back to another week in our lives…
I must admit, I wasn’t convinced that a post this week would be on the cards; the girls have allowed me zero respite for the last few days, even during the night, and I managed to lock myself out of my website. All is going well in our world then!
So last week I talked about the change that was coming, which I was quite anxious about… since then Boris has laid out his plans for us to come out of lockdown.
How do you all feel about it?

I’m equal parts excited for a return to some sort of normal and terrified about what this might mean for an increased risk of contracting Covid. Plus, there’s the worry that we will all end up in another lockdown. I’m worried that schools are returning en masse – feels a bit like 0 – 100 in 0.1 seconds. I’m worried that more freedom means more visitors to our local area, less space. It’s tricky. Although she could be there even now, I’ve chosen to delay Little M starting preschool for a tiny bit longer – until after Easter – as there’s been an increase in cases locally and I still feel nervous about it all. It’s a shame as every day I see her needing more and more stimulation, which I do my best to give her, but I can’t help but feel she would have such a whale of time with other little ones her own age. Our little Easter staycation has been cancelled and I must admit that I’m pleased about this, although I am very much hoping that our holiday in the summer (to a very quiet and remote destination!) can happen as I feel pretty safe about these plans. Time will tell.

Mr WMD returned to work this week; it was quite quiet apparently… it seems everyone was flocking the beaches, due to the glorious weather. Not ideal for us since we live in a coastal town given my concerns above.  Talking of the weather though, whilst in my last few #LivingArrows posts I have mentioned that we have been stuck inside, wow what a change right?! Little M has been running around the garden like a mad thing. She was delighted to be back outside in her happy place. Her nails are revolting once more, her tights are all coated in mud and her hair full of twigs, but at least she’s in a better mood and come 6.30pm she’s shattered and ready for bed! Bonus! Shame Baby F is more of a night owl. They seem to tag team for my time.
I’ll apologise now for the mass of photos that I have included this week. It seemed to be a special week somehow and I really want to use these posts to document these years fully.

The first photos I chose to include this were taken on a walk ‘around the block’. We put Baby F in my old pram (35 years old!) and Little M insisted on taking my old toy pram (also 35 years old) for her dolly.

I’m still feeling like a bit of a hopeless mum of two and I’m frustrated that I’m not getting as much done on my website and #Etsy store as I had hope but I think the sun has helped me to get into a better frame of mind too.
This week we have made some more Spring and Easter decorations.

and even more…

living arrows easter craft

We also did some learning about the Fire Service. We’ve been talking about people who help us in the community and Emergency Service Vehicles. Little M got a gorgeous wooden fire station for Christmas so we focussed on the Fire Service. We discussed the different parts of a fire engine and Uncle Agoo helped Little M to create her own picture with pasta, even though it was his birthday. I hate drippy glue.

Little M has loved hanging out with Grandad in the garden, on walks in the field behind the garden and the house… he can’t seem to escape her! (We are in a support bubble + childcare bubble with my parents)

living arrows light at the end of the tunnel
living arrows light at the end of the tunnel

Baby F celebrated her 6 months birthday today. I think I say this every week but I really noticed the girls’ bond growing closer and closer this week. Baby F laughs if Little M does, and Little M loves to make her laugh too. It’s so cute. This is Baby  F on her half birthday.

Thank you for reading! I look forward to catching with your #LivingArrows either through your own posts or comments upon this post.

living arrows light at the end of the tunnel

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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Donna March 6, 2021 - 1:38 pm

Your photos this week are beautiful! I’m with you on the half excited half terrified. It’s such a daunting time and I just hope we don’t end up back here again! x

Jemma Harvey-Jones March 6, 2021 - 4:40 pm

Thank you so much! I don’t think we will be to be fair but I do believe that whilst cases are falling, anything more than 0 deaths per week is too much. xxx

Hannah March 7, 2021 - 7:54 pm

Ahh what lovely photos 🙂 Such mixed feelings at the moment – such a weird time! #livingarrows

Jemma Harvey-Jones March 8, 2021 - 11:56 am

Thank you 🙂 I hope your new ‘new’ from 8/03/21 is going well xxx

charlotte stein March 7, 2021 - 9:14 pm

Love that you have your old prams. I wish my mum had kept my old toy pram it was just like yours! #livingarrows

Jemma Harvey-Jones March 8, 2021 - 11:57 am

They take up sooooo much space though and they’re not the easiest to get down the road!

Sarah March 7, 2021 - 10:47 pm

So many lovely photos this week. I feel the same, I’m looking forward to things getting back to normal but I hope everyone sticks to the rules and takes it at slowly as we need to.

Jemma Harvey-Jones March 8, 2021 - 11:58 am

Thank you! Oh my goodness me too… I shall certainly be keeping my distance still and I shall be very careful where we go as I suspect many will now land upon our seaside town. Take care x


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