One minute they're best friends, the next they're arguing, pushing and shoving or throwing the other's toys and telling tales on each other. I guess that's just normal for all close siblings that are in each other's pockets almost 24 hours a day. Sometimes it's still difficult for them to share not only things like toys or clothes but also us and our attention. They shout about who was talking first, telling me a story or asking a question, mostly while I'm trying my best to concentrate on driving!
We're already half way through the year and the last four weeks have had their ups and downs. From the lovely relaxing week that was half-term to the stress of summer bedtimes with a million excuses not to sleep. This month I'm sharing some photos from our day out at Twycross Zoo on the 31st May.
Yesterday I missed something, an event in Ethan's school life that I should have been there for. He received two certificates at premier assembly and I wasn't there to see him standing up in front of everyone. I didn't see his face, searching for me in the crowd and smiling and me smiling back so proud. I know there'll be others and he'll soon forget it but it really upset me. I was over emotional after a long week where I hadn't felt well and was ready for a break, but there was something else behind that guilt. It was a guilt that has been there for six and a half years.
Whilst totally loving the brighter evenings, it's really giving me a headache at the moment because the boys just won't settle down in the evening until the sun starts to go down. They are driving us crazy and it's exhausting trying to get them to go to sleep before nine o'clock. Going to bed later means that they're tired in the morning, grumpy, have difficulty concentrating and listening when asked to do something, like get ready for school, eat breakfast etc! It also means that Matteo and I hardly get any time to wind down after all the jobs are done in the house before it's time for bed for us.
What an amazing month these two have had. My two little travellers! This month they've spent sixteen days away from home visiting Matteo's parents in Italy and his Sister in Germany. They've had a wonderful time and their Italian has come on loads. It's been tough on us being away from them for so long but knowing that they were happy and safe meant we were less worried about them. Also knowing that they have always each other makes it easier.
The last four weeks have been really good apart from a little bit of illness for Oliver. We sailed through half-term and back to school and now time is racing towards Spring and the Easter holidays. This month's photos were taken on the first of March when we had our first ever snow days and school was shut for two days running. We tried to make a snowman but the snow wouldn't stick as it was too cold (-5), it was so powdery and just wasn't wet enough to stick together.
It doesn't seem like five minutes since I was writing January's Siblings post and here we are in the middle of February. I hate wishing the time away but is it Spring yet? The last four weeks have been about school routine, quick trips to the park, two birthday parties and family time at home with Daddy recovering from having his tonsils out.
I'm not a fan of January, it's cold, dark, grey and always feels like the longest month of the year. The last four weeks have had a big contrast. We've had two weeks of Christmas school holidays, which involved a lot of relaxing and a bit of work and then the other two weeks have been the end of term and then the start of the new term, so all routine and busy rushing around. We can't wait for Spring to arrive.
We've had a great few weeks with the boy's birthday and preparations for Christmas. This time last month we only had five days to go until the boy's birthday and as I write this there are only 10 days left until Christmas. They're so excited that Santa is going to bring them a bike and I can't wait for the school holidays.
I've loved putting this month's video together and I have to say it's my favourite video so far with some wonderful memories to look back on like going to Clip 'n Climb for the first time and singing Happy Birthday, plus I got some everyday moments documented like bedtime stories and getting ready for football. We finished off the month with some Christmas magic, twinkly lights and meeting Santa. Click below to watch: