I had grand plans for this month. I was going to try and take some lovely shots of my girls, in a bluebell field somewhere, in a cute location or even having fun at the park. After the slightly rushed previous months, I was determined to get organised and take some well thought out photos of them both.
That didn’t happen.
Life has just been so busy and pretty hectic and I just haven’t had my big camera out much at all. We went away on a long weekend to a wedding in the Peak District last week and Grandma very kindly bought the girls two matching beautiful dresses. I had visions of taking some pretty photos of them all dressed up and looking lovely.
That didn’t happen.
LL still isn’t walking and therefore it’s really hard to get photos of them together as Mads doesn’t want to sit still and LL doesn’t want to stand up. They are constantly moving in different directions, playing with different things and just won’t stay still long enough for me to capture a photo of them both together.
So with all plans epically failed and with me remembering that I am away this weekend and therefore unable to have any more attempts, I resorted to taking photos of my little ladies at bedtime. But actually, although not the most original nor exciting of photos, these actually totally sum up my sisters and how they are together at this moment in time.
Every week they seem to be getting more interactive with each other. With this comes moments that make me actually get tears in my eyes- little snatched looks that make them both giggle uncontrollably, the comfortable familiarity of a stroke on the head or cuddling each other tight, or the way in which they share food with each other, even down to Mads giving LL her last bit of chocolate.
When I get LL up from her nap each afternoon she points at Mads door and makes a little grunting noise and when we go and get her she beams a smile so wide that she actually does a little dance. When we are in the car I often glance in my mirror to see Mads doing everything in her power to make her little sister laugh. It sounds silly but when they look at each other I can see the love in their eyes and it is a joy to watch.
But this growing interaction isn’t always fun and games, the bigger they get, the more we see the tell tale sibling bickering start to emerge. It’s actually quite funny to watch at the moment- Mads getting ‘cross’ with LL for knocking down her tower or LL shrieking at her big sister for not giving her a bit of biscuit right.this.second. They wind each other up, even at a young age and it does make us smile. For these grumpy moments, pointless bickering and mini strops give us a real glimpse into the future of what it is going to be like having two fully talking little girls with attitude in the house. Or even teenagers. Eeeek.
Bedtime is a special time of the day in our house because it is when we all come together as a family. Mr E may have been at work, I may have been rushed off my feet and had a stressful day with two little monkeys, and Mads and LL may have been off in different directions non stop, but at bedtime we all seem to get the balance back and the days events are forgotten. There’s bathtime together, non stop splashing from two little ladies in the bath, before PJ’s get put on, stories are read and we all lie on our bed and cuddle.
And of course there is always time for a bit of sister bed jumping too.
It’s family time at it’s most ordinary but also the times I treasure the most.