"A sister is a little bit of a childhood that can never be lost."- Marion C Garretty
This week we went on a very short break to Scarborough with my little sister Anna and of course with my girls. Unfortunately Mr E had to stay behind because he is the middle of a big freelance contract and is working hard in the evenings, this was part of the reason we went away, to get out the house and let him concentrate for a little bit.
So the four of us headed off to Scarborough in North Yorkshire for a wet and windy couple of days (more photos coming soon!) together. While we were there we chatted a lot and reminisced about our childhood together. There are ten years between myself and Anna, but we are still great friends. However we argue like cat and dog, she has an ability to wind me up like no other person can. Within a second though, we are giggling like it never happened. A couple of times on our trip away we laughed about the fact that we would never act like that with our friends, the way we snap and argue and then revert back to being fine again within a minute. It's really special to be able to share snippets of our childhood that only we know, traits about our parents that only we get and to have that history together that only we can understand.
The same can be said for my girls. They also have this same pattern emerging as their relationship grows and strengthens. They bicker, argue and get stroppy with each other, which is amazing really considering LL can still only say about six words. But just like with myself and my sister, within a second all is forgiven and they are cuddling, kissing and running around together.
I really notice at the moment just how much LL copies Mads. She idolises her big sister and will follow her around everywhere, running after her, giving Mads her stuffed toys to cuddle and literally squealing in delight when she cuddles them and then gives them back to her. They are becoming quite the double act, and while we were away Anna and I smiled to ourself on several occasions about just how cute they are together.
This photo was taken when we went on a little walk to see the beach huts and we were playing a game- they had to both run to the colour beach hut we said and the winner was the person who touched the beach hut first. Of course LL doesn't know colours yet, so Mads always won, but it was really sweet to see LL tottering quickly behind her sister and a couple of times Mads let her win just to see her smile. I love this phone snap because it completely sums up them at this present moment in time.
I really hope that my girls will grow up with an unbreakable bond, and I hope that they will always look out for each other and be the best of friends. There may be ten years between myself and Anna, and she may drive me insane, but I will always be there to look after her and I love her completely. Mads and LL are even closer in age so I hope that they will be even closer.
I of course would have been thrilled had we found out we were having a boy when I was pregnant with LL, but I really love that I have given Mads the gift of a sister, just like my Mum gave me the gift of mine.