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My Sisters in July 2015...

on Wednesday, 15 July 2015.

June and July have been ridiculously busy months for us, with trips away, things on during the weekends, school visits and a bit of drama in relation to Mads school place, and lots of work on too. But as I write this, the pace of life slows down a little for us all. We still have a few different things on here and there, but it's not nearly as hectic as it was. I am looking forward to a slightly slower pace of life, and enjoying these last couple of months before our big girl starts school. 

I am interested to see what LL will think of Mads going to school in September. I have no doubt she will miss her, but I also think that she will enjoy the one on one time with me as well, it's something she hasn't had properly before. We did try and put Mads in nursery on a Friday morning so I could have some time with her, but we ended up stopping it partly down to wanting to spend as much time with Mads as possible before school and partly because we were always paying for it and then she didn't end up going as we were busy with going away or wanting to see friends. 

My 'Siblings' photos for this month are of our recent trip to Stockholm, we spent a few days there exploring during the weekend just gone. Stockholm has been in my top 5 wish list of places I would love to go for such a long time now so I was over the moon and excited that we finally got a chance to go as a family. It was great fun and the girls were so incredibly good considering it was a really full on trip. 

We bought our single buggy with us, even though we rarely use it at home, knowing from our previous adventure to Amsterdam last year that both would take turns in sitting in it, with either myself or Mr E holding a hand or carrying the other one. But in turns out that they both actually sat in it pretty well together which helped us no end, with Mads holding LL on her lap for the majority of the weekend. Of course there was the odd arguement when one of them wanted to sit at the back not the front, or if they were feeling particularly cross at that point in time about the possiblity of sharing, but for the most part we were really impressed with the fact they sat together so well on our full on and long days walking about. 

I've got lots of photos from our trip to Stockholm that I have to go through and sort out when I get a minute but I just thought I would share a couple of the Saturday we were there. That was my favourite day out of the three, the sun was out for the majority of the day, and we got to explore a lot. These photos were taken at the end of the day, we climbed up some cobbled roads to get to a beautiful viewing gallery and on the way back down we took some photos on one of the pretty streets. 

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I love their faces and how they are looking at each other. 

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I love this one as I think it looks like they are having a good old chat. 

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This month I am sending you over to have a look at my lovely friend Keri-Anne's beautiful blog. Her photography is stunning and dreamy, so be sure to head over to see what her and her girl's have been up too.  

{The Ordinary Moments 15} #28 'Shall We Be Best Friends?'

on Sunday, 12 July 2015.

Every morning the girl's come running into our room and jump into bed for what we call a 'family cuddle' before we get up to start the day. On Wednesday morning we were all snuggling together and LL asked her big sister for a 'Mads love' which is what she calls a cuddle. As they were embracing in the elaborate and OTT way that little people do when they ask for a cuddle, Mads said to LL 'Shall we be best friends again now?' to which LL said 'Yes please.' When I asked her why they weren't best friends, Mads said that when they were in still in bed in their room she had asked her sister to pass her something and she hadn't. So for that reason they were 'no longer best friends.' Except now they were and were happily cuddling each other. This little exchange actually made me smile to myself, as to me it sums up completely what a sibling relationship should be. 

For the most part, these girls really are the best of friends. They have a really strong and fierce bond, and it's clear to see to anyone who meets them. Even through photos and videos, I think you can see the connection they have, but it really truly is a firm friendship. From the second LL was born and they met in the hospital for the first time Mads has made me the proudest parent ever, she has constantly looked out for her, loved her and has never even had a hint of jealousy, even in the early days. I've written a few times over the years about the relationship they have, (and indeed most months in my Siblings posts) but recently it really has stepped up a gear. 

They can now play together and LL can now communicate and chatter back to Mads, although she still doesn't always make much sense. Every day she is learning more words and therefore interacting more with Mads. LL also now stands up to her sister, in fact she is the more feisty and stubborn of the two and so we sometimes now get full on scraps if they both want the same toy. But in a strange sort of way I actually quite like to see them having a squabble because that's just part and parcel of life with a sister. They don't argue for long, before they are straight back to cuddling again or playing together nicely. I think having a sibling helps them to learn and understand more about compromising, not always being the centre of attention, sharing, or any other life lessons. 

Since they began sharing a room a few months ago, it really has made them even closer. We put them to bed between 7 and 7.30pm and go downstairs, and it often makes us laugh as we hear them constantly chatting, giggling and generally causing mischief. They chatter non stop, which is pretty amazing considering that LL still isn't always the clearest or chattiest yet, but somehow her big sister seems to know exactly what she is saying, in fact Mads often has to tell me what she is saying as I don't understand her and she does. The sound of their giggles coming from upstairs truly makes us smile and often we have to go and tell them to quieten down as it's getting late. Whenever I go in the room, LL has usually got all the books out the bookcase and given half of them to Mads who is on the top bunk and therefore can't reach, and they always look guilty and full of mischief when I come through the door. 

When I thought about the ideal family for us, I always said I wanted two children, both myself and Mr E come from two sibling families, but there's still a part of me that would love a third baby. One thing I often think about if I am going through a particularly broody period is how a third sibling would fit into the dynamics of our family. I wouldn't want to lessen the bond that my two girls have, or I would worry that a third child would get really left out as these girl's really do everything together. If they are sat on the sofa, they have to be sat practically on top of each other, if one goes upstairs, the other will follow. But we will cross that bridge if, and when, we come to it. At the moment I am just enjoying their bond, their squabbles, their fierce love for each other, and ultimately that special relationship that can only coming from having a sibling. I love that they are now both big enough to really take part in our adventures and it's such a pleasure to watch them growing up together. I hope they will always cherish the gift we have given them- a best friend.

There's this quote I found the other day which I think really sums up their relationship, even at this young age...

'She is your mirror, shining back at you with a world of possibilities. She is your witness, who sees you at your worst and best, and loves you anyway. She is your partner in crime, your midnight companion, someone who knows when you are smiling, even in the dark. She is your teacher, your defence attorney, your personal press agent, even your shrink. Some days, she’s the reason you wish you were an only child. - {Barbara Alpert}

These photos were taken on our recent holiday to Rhodes, but I absolutely love them and they were too cute just to put in my holiday posts. I think again they show what a mischevious little pair they are. And of course there is my favourite golden light there too!

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My Sisters in June 2015.....

on Monday, 15 June 2015.

As I sit writing this post it's Sunday afternoon and I am sat in a hotel room in Wembley. I have been away the last two nights for the Blogtacular conference and now I have moved hotels and have an extra night away as I have a work related conference all day tomorrow as well. I haven't been with my babies since Friday morning and as I am putting this post together and looking at my photos it is making me miss them desperately.

I am not the type of person who can't be away from the girls. I miss them when I go away, of course I do, but I think some time apart is healthy for all of us. The most I have been away with them is four nights when I went on a press trip to Greece and by the end of it I cried because I missed them so much, but usually it's because I am with friends or doing work things so I am busy and the time goes quickly. Today however I have pretty much a whole day and night to myself before the conference starts tomorrow and therefore I am literally finding myself pining for them- I seriously can't wait to get home to them and looking at these photos doesn't really help.

Over the last month or so LL's speech has just exploded. This has opened up a whole new relationship for them both, one of discovery and new interactions. Sharing a room has bought them even closer as well and we love to stand on the stairs and listen to them chattering away together. The other night we heard them telling each other the same knock knock joke for half an hour to each other. Mads would say 'Knock Knock', LL would say 'Whose There?' to which her big sister replied 'The interrupting cow'. LL would say 'The interrupting cow who?' while Mads cut her off and shouted 'Moo'. (It's from the film Home in case you haven't seen it!) They would then repeat the process again and again with LL then being the person delivering the punch line and vice versa, before both of them giggling each and every time. It really is just so sweet to hear their funny little conversations.

They really are the closest of girls and have a bond so strong, it blows us away a lot of the time. They have to be near each other constantly, when they are sat on our big sofa with more than enough room to sit and spread out, they get so close to each other that they are practically on each other's laps. Mads will play with her little sister's ear and snuggle into her. Although she is the older one, she is still very much the driving force behind their affection, she is the more cuddly of the two. But you can also tell how much LL adores her big sister and looks up to her too. However as with any sibling relationship we have arguments, nearly all of them are to do with sharing, mainly with sharing the iPad in actual fact. Mads again is pretty laid back and will often give LL the iPad for an easy life but LL is a lot less tolerant, and often has little strops to try and get her own way. We have had a few occasions recently where LL has lashed out at her, trying to push her or grab it from her. This is all new to us as Mads never once did the whole hitting, pushing, or biting thing like a lot of children did. I do wonder whether it's because LL has been at nursery since a year old and has to defend herself or assert herself to get toys, whereas Mads didn't go to nursery until she was three. Having said that I've never seen her do it to another child or had nursery tell me any stories, so maybe it's just typical sibling squabbles!

These photos were taken at the very last minute. On Thursday evening having realised that I was going to London the next day, I had to rush and take some before I went. The weather was nice and warm so we decided to go for a yet another evening picnic after the girls had finished nursery. It was lovely and I just took a few photos while they were eating. Nothing particularly exciting, but they will be lovely to look back on when they are older...

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This month I am sending you on to have a look at my lovely lovely friend Lucy's ever so cute twosome to see what they have been up to this month. And keep heading through the posts and you will end up here in a circle! :) 

My Sisters in May 2015.....

on Friday, 15 May 2015.

Of course when you are on holiday you end up taking more photos than you do when you are just going about your day to day life. On our recent trip to Lanzarote my big camera came out with us every evening and I loved taking photos of my girls. I took so many of them together over the course of the week but for my Siblings post this month I wanted to focus on one evening as the remainder of the photos are for another post, plus I like to have a series of shots and a sort of story behind them. 

I am definitely not exaggerating when I say that my daughters make me feel so proud every day, of course they do, they are my children and I love them- all parents are proud of their offspring. Yes they also drive me mad constantly and sometimes parenting is incredibly tough, but of course they make me proud- that's a given. But the thing that is guaranteed to make me feel the proudest is the way they are with each other.

Mads and LL have such an amazing bond and it really is just such a wonderful thing to witness. My Mum, who sees them a couple of times a week said to me the other day that the bond they had was really something quite special. Of course they argue, mainly over the usual things like sharing toys or the iPad more than anything else, but to be honest they don't even really argue all that much. They are the best of friends and their bond is really quite intense. Sometimes in day to day life I don't really stop to appreciate it but then I will look back over photos or videos that I have made and it is just obvious how much they love each other.

I am so incredibly proud of that.

On holiday they seemed to get even closer, I actually think it's more the fact that every day LL is becoming more and more communicative and it's enabled them to really start to play properly with each other. They have imaginative play more than ever, making up stories and running around the house pretending to be police officers, or a head chef and a sous chef. The dynamics between them are funny, LL really is like Mads shadow, she follows her everywhere and you can tell the way she looks up to her by the look of admiration in her eyes. But then Mads is the more affectionate of the two, she always wants to cuddle her and play with her ears which is her source of comfort. And LL definitely is the boss although she is the youngest, poor Mads often gives in to her demands for an easy life. LL definitely rules the roost. 

These photos were taken on the first night of our holiday, when we went to the local harbour for dinner. Again although they are really similar, their differences are obvious to me in these shots. Mads is such a tom boy, she is happiest in shorts and t-shirts, whereas at the moment LL seems to be living up to the girly stereotype of loving what she calls her 'pretties'- basically a selection of plastic jewels plus also she is obessed with shoes. 

As they ran round the harbour hand in hand they got many smiles from people sitting in the outdoor areas of restaurants eating their dinner, with a few kind people commenting on how lovely they were. As a mother I don't know anything more lovely when you are out and about than someone complimenting your children on their behaviour- these kind of comments stick in my mind even from years ago but generally it doesn't happen enough and it's so nice when people take the time to do so. Again I was struck by just how proud I was of them. They have their moments, one day it could be one that has made me frustrated and the next day it could be the other, and I can definitely see glimpses into the future of how having two headstrong, feisty little ladies is going to be a handful at times, but I really hope that they remain the best of friends.

I put this quote on my instagram the other day and I think it totally sums up my two girls...

'Sister to Sister we will always be, a couple of nuts off the family tree.' - Author Unknown

I can only hope that my two little crazy nuts have this bond for the rest of their lives.




No girls, this isn't what Mummy wants for photos on her blog. ;) 


It wasn't until I looked closely at this photo that I noticed they were holding hands. 

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This month I am sending you over to have a look at Lucy's beautiful blog- head over to see what her little twosome have been getting up to. 




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