I had so many photo from last week that I’ve decided to share a few of Lucas’ birthday for Living Arrows this week. It was a busy few days for him and when he woke up on Sunday morning he was asking me if he was four. For a few days before he was telling me he was going to need a bigger bed when it was his birthday because ‘his toes wouldn’t fit in it’. I’m sure he had imagined this epic growth spurt the night!
The end of August is here already, we nearly at the beginning of some big changes for our little family but before that we have Lucas’ birthday. He turned four on Sunday and on the big day we took a few Me & Mine photos in front of the giant rainbow cake. I love how Bear is reaching for it in some of the photos, a great way to keep him on my knee! It still frightens me that he has just turned four and he will be flung into the world of full-time education; now his birthday is out the way it is looming and more than anything I am just going to miss him. I will miss him terribly, it seems a long day when he is in school but I’m trying to focus on spending more time with his brothers – let’s fact it, it isn’t like I’ll be sat at home with nothing to do.
Today is the day you turn four years old. This birthday is quite exciting as you are so aware that it is your birthday, for the first year you know that it is going to be your day. After a year of going to friend’s parties you have waited patiently for your turn right at the end of the school year. You tell people that you are three and soon you will be four, followed up with, ‘when I am four I will go to big school’, I hope you realise that doesn’t happen immediately and you aren’t whisked away on your big day. It’s lovely to feel your excitement though, how much you love telling us you are now a big boy and you imagine that you will grow bigger as soon as you turn four. Each year your birthday’s have just become more and more fun.
One of the things I love most about summer is that we can get out together on days out; we made a list at the start of summer of places we wanted to go and we have managed most of them over the holidays. Still, we have to be careful and budget our day trips so mostly they are free or National Trust places where we can make the most of our membership. This works out well for us and with some planning we can have some great thrifty days out. As well as finding a fun places to visit we also take a picnic absolutely everywhere! Not only is this a cheaper option for us with a family of five but Lucas is such a fussy eater that a meal out is always so stressful. Even things he will eat at home he will refuse in a restaurant, he always ask if they do peanut butter and jam sandwiches (we haven’t found anywhere that meets that request yet!)
I can’t quite believe we are on the last week of the summer holidays already, it has flown by so quickly and I wish we could have more time like this. There is something so nice about all being off together, even when we don’t have any plans. Some of our best days have been days in the garden or even cosy in the house on one of the very many rainy days. I don’t feel quite ready for it all to end yet and for a new chapter to begin. Lucas turns four at the weekend and then will be just a few days off his first day at school. I’m staying firmly in denial about it for the moment and just want to enjoy the last of the summer with him.
I love this week’s Living Arrows photos, it captured Lucas in that moment so perfectly. All summer we have been planning a trip into Liverpool to go on the Mersey Ferry but we had to keep putting it off for one reason or another. One of the things he wanted to do at the start of summer when we made a bucket list was to go on a boat, it really is so easy to please a three year old when everything is such a grand adventure.
It seems that having children opens you up to a whole world of questioning that doesn’t exist pre-kids. People will stop you on the street to admire your little ones and make conversation. When you have twins this line of interrogation only gets more brutal to the point where if I am in a rush to get anywhere I try not to make eye contact as it really does slow me down. And yet, I totally understand it, twins are fascinating! I thought so before I had my own and many others obviously think the same. I can’t even really begrudge the questions they ask, however stupid they seem they were probably things I would have wanted to know myself. Here are some of the twin questions I am asked most often and my responses in a much more eloquent form that you’d get if you ran into me on the street.
After a hectic start to the summer holidays this last week we have taken it easy and had plenty of days in the garden and walks up to our local park. We’ll still get a few more days out in before we go back but it’s been nice to get up and take our time over breakfast, the boys have got dressed and been the in the garden pretty much all day and we can potter around or sit outside and watch them tire each other out. After a few days out I am always ready for a day at home, then after a few days at home we are recharged ready for a good day out.
The photos for this month’s Siblings post were taken just before we were taking the boys up to bed. We’d been in the kitchen and came in to find them all settled on the sofa with a book each reading away. As I took a few photos they started sharing the books and looking at each others stories. It seemed a shame to tear them away so we just sat and watched them; it’s moments like this that make me so glad they all have each other. It warms my heart to look at them together, the way they all want to do the same thing. They kept giving each other little looks as they all sat with their books as if they knew just how cute they were being.
This summer has seen plenty of rainy days and I actually don’t mind days in, although I do wish we had seen a little more sunshine over the past few weeks. Generally the boys are quite good at playing and entertaining themselves. That is the beauty of having three children close in age, they do play together and they can make a game out of anything. We’ve done a whole host of things to keep them entertained; I’m quite happy to bake at any time of the day, we get to enjoy the results of that too so we’ve made lots of fairy cakes. There has also been den building, colouring in and we’ve been keeping a close eye on our caterpillars (one has hatched out of its chrysalis the week but I think I was more excited than the children!)