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Siblings 2016: August

15/08/2016

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This month my Siblings post is brought to you from the road (which also explains why it’s a bit late getting loaded because we had very dodgy phone reception at the last campsite). I started writing this sat on the tent field of our favourite Black Forest campsite, H next to me with Pip fast asleep on his back after a mammoth day’s walking, and Kitty and Elma are paddling in the stream. It’s one of those picture postcard moments that made us so keen to come back to this crazy adventure sort of holiday again.

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So this month is my adventurous Siblings post, though the story it tells isn’t just about pretty backdrops (though the Black Forest has proved very good for those!), it’s about these three little people learning to be a full time three again.

It’s funny, as soon as school finished, the girls in particular were so excited to be back together again, they were practically counting down the days. And yet when it came to it they found they’d forgotten how to be together all of the time and all of the days.

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Kitty is used to spending her days with other four and five year olds who understand the games she wants to play, get their shared references, and don’t mind playing assembly all day long, and Elma has learnt to step out of her sister’s shadow and has her own relationship with Pip in which she’s the big sister.  Learning how those two parts of themselves slot back together into our family as a whole has taken time and a fair few fights and grumpy moments.

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Camping and travelling seems to have brought us peace; taking them away from the noise of real life, back to simplicity, and to each other.  Something that their brother is very please to see as he always seems slightly bemused by their strops, and then all too keen to copy them.

They’ve looked for fish in the stream that runs through the village, and found them, black against the green moss, climbed up onto the bike trails to look down from among the trees, and sat in camp drawing and all trying to colour in the same picture on a quiet rainy morning.

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At Mummelsee they found a flower sculpture and the promise that if you can find the flower along the shores of the see you’ll be rewarded with special powers, and decided that hugging it was the next best thing.

And finally, and then I’m going to post this before we drive through another tunnel, my favourite of all of the pictures I have of the three of them, from a very rainy day in Stuttgart.  They all loved the water fountains (of which there are many), and even the pouring rain couldn’t tear them away from this one.

Two little sisters, and their brother too, in Germany, in August.

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  • Lee Cockrum 15/08/2016 at 12:20 pm

    Lovely photos! Looks like you are all having a marvelous time!!

  • Katie @mummydaddyme 15/08/2016 at 3:28 pm

    Pip almost looks as big as Elma in these. And I love their matching outfits- so cute. It looks like you are having a wonderful time away! xx

  • Caroline (Becoming a SAHM) 15/08/2016 at 3:38 pm

    Aw what a gorgeous little trio you have and they all look so grown up! Hope you’ve had a wonderful holiday, lovely seeing their adventures xxx

  • susan 15/08/2016 at 6:24 pm

    What a sweet post! I love the photos of them in their matching outfits. It really looks as if they’re having a wonderful time together.

  • Mummy on a Budget 15/08/2016 at 8:13 pm

    What a fab setting for your photos. Looks beautiful there and that you’re all having a fantastic time. #siblingsproject

  • Katy (What Katy Said) 15/08/2016 at 8:31 pm

    I can relate to this so much, mine have definitely forgotten how to be together full time. Sad isn’t it really? Love the photos, it looks gorgeous there!! x #TheSiblingsProject

  • Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love) 15/08/2016 at 10:26 pm

    Love those final two photos and sounds like you had a wonderful time in the Black Forest. It’s interesting to read about how your children have had to adjust to being together full-time again – it’s not a side-effect of starting school that I’d thought about but it will be interesting to see how this has an effect on my girls once Jessica starts school in September. Hope you enjoy the rest of your summer. #siblingsproject

  • Claire @ Clarina's Contemplations 15/08/2016 at 11:01 pm

    What a gorgeous little bunch! Our posts read similarly this month… We have found endless time and simplicity to be the key to reconnecting siblings too! Looks like you’re having a wonderful time in Germany with your gorgeous gang, Carie! How’s the German coming on?? Xx

  • sustainable mum 16/08/2016 at 9:03 am

    Beautiful photos, so glad that you finally got to go away on holiday! Enjoy!

  • Lauren Belle du Brighton 16/08/2016 at 7:43 pm

    Oh this holiday looks divine, I really hope you, and the little ones are all loving it and making lots of happy memories! I love the photo on the tree stump especially!

  • Emma Plus Three 16/08/2016 at 7:56 pm

    Lovely photos. My husband has wanted to got to the black forest for ages, it looks beautiful! x #siblingsproject

  • Leslie Rickerby / Messy Blog 16/08/2016 at 9:34 pm

    I love the fountain picture, they’re all sat so nicely together. So sweet. Joining in for the first time this month so looking forward to following along

  • kerry norris 17/08/2016 at 1:26 pm

    I’m glad you’ve had fun camping and that it’s bright peace. Lovely pictures. I adore the one of them sat on the bench x #siblingsproject

  • Bex @ The Mummy Adventure 18/08/2016 at 6:11 pm

    The matching is awesome and I am very jealous of your trip. I know how you feel about the rejuggling of relationships as my big three are the same ages roughly. Isn’t it wonderful when they all start to just fit again though. I have three playing a very silly game together as I type this, all together and I love watching that

  • Helen | Wonderfully Average 19/08/2016 at 10:01 pm

    Such beautiful pictures. It sounds as though you’re having some fantastic adventures again this summer. I hadn’t thought about how the children would need to adjust to being together all the time during the summer holidays, but hopefully they’ve figured it out now xx