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Siblings 2017: October


It doesn’t feel like October does it? Around here it’s not just that yet another month has scampered away without so much as a backward glance, as a climbing thermometer that’s seen the first day of half term significantly warmer than most of our August.  Having just gone digging through boxes of clothes for the long sleeves and the wooly jumpers, we’ve gone piling back through looking for the shorts and t-shirts that I was certain I’d put away for this year.  Last month two of my three were wearing coats and the other a thick cardigan and wind blown pink cheeks.  And now look at them.

You’d be forgiven for thinking we’d jumped a few months backwards, both for the summer clothes and the fact that these pictures came from an afternoon expedition to the farm, to see my aunt and uncle and catch up on all of their news, and then to pick some veggies for supper.  Despite our long stay while we waited for this house to complete, I never did do a Siblings post from the fields; June was the last post from our old house, July a trip to our old cricket club, and by August we’d just moved in.

Topsy turvy though it might be, I’m glad to include them in this year’s set of twelve because it is without a doubt one of our happy places; and one of many reasons why our crazy stop gap house plans worked so incredibly well.


Today we needed potatoes and they made a concerted bid for beans and kale – and when I cook it they genuinely will eat it.  But then these are the children that will make sneaky inroads on a dish of cooked carrots and fight to the teeth over the last piece of broccoli in the bowl.  I’d love to claim that it’s the result of some sort of superior parenting but when they wolfed down a bowl of kale at the end of August no one was more surprised than me.  If I were to get evangelical about one thing though, I’d have to stay that farm fresh veggies are so far removed from anything that’s ever touched a piece of plastic that they shouldn’t really be classed as the same thing, and when veggies taste as good as they possibly can they’re just about irresistible.

All three are off school for the next two weeks and it couldn’t have come at a better time.  Kitty has been ferociously tired as we reached the end of the week, and in need of serious cosseting, as early nights as we can get away with, and just a bit of time to stop and let her mind catch up with itself.  She has adored the first half of term, is so happy she’d go to school seven days a week in a heartbeat, but I think she is more than ready to have a couple of weeks of just pottering around at home.  We have very minimal plans for the holiday, mostly because I used up all of my holiday allowance for the year moving house, and I think it will do her the power of good.

Elma and Pip both missed the last day of term, Pip because he’d had a slight temperature and a grouchy cold, and Elma, well Elma’s motto for life is “go big or go home” so she had to one-up us all.  After a horrible Tuesday into Wednesday night, when she was really struggling with a horrible cough, I asked John to take her to the doctors because everything we’d tried overnight hadn’t really done the trick and she was starting to breath like a steam train and I thought it must be a chest infection.  Well the doctors tried their magic tricks and when those didn’t really work as well as they wanted, they tucked her up in an ambulance and sent her to the nearest A&E.  Several inhalers and one diagnosis of probably a viral wheeze later we brought home a little girl who was absolutely bouncing off the walls with vitality.  That would be the steroids kicking in then.  She’s been having an inhaler every four hours since, including all through the night and hello sleep deprivation my old friend.

It’s funny, every time we’ve had a newborn we’ve just rolled with the lack of sleep and got through it more or less coherently.  This time, whether we’re older, or just less used to it, it’s wiped the pair of us out and I know John is definitely looking forward to some lazy mornings at home, without even our ridiculously short school run to interrupt the dozing.

Aside from comparing ambulance stories the three of them have had a lovely month together, and for all their ups and downs, they are such a happy little trio, I couldn’t imagine life any other way than with the crazy, noisy world that these three bring.

Two sisters, and their brother, in October:

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  • Notmyyearoff 15/10/2017 at 7:27 am

    Oh my goodness, poor Elma. Glad she’s better now and it does sound like the holidays have come at the perfect time. We have another two weeks left yet and then we’re on holidays, feels so long away!! I’m so impressed with your little harvest…and kids eating kale. I need to try it on mine!

    • Carie 15/10/2017 at 10:38 am

      It amazes me too – particularly as their Daddy is very anti all green veggies but they love it!

  • The Reading Residence 15/10/2017 at 9:18 am

    Lovely photos, who’d have thought we’d be in t-shirts again now, the weather is crazy?! They always looks so full of fun and happy together. Glad to hear their all getting some much needed rest now, I’d love to get two weeks off now, we only ever get one – enjoy! x

    • Carie 15/10/2017 at 10:39 am

      Two weeks is one of my favourite things about their new school – when they’re really little it really helps them to recharge for the run into Christmas 🙂

  • Laura - Dear Bear and Beany 15/10/2017 at 4:46 pm

    You have had better weather than us. It’s not quite been shorts weather, but definitely warmer than it has been. We’ve got another week until half term and we can’t wait. Lovely fun photos x

  • Laura @ Little Ladies Big World 17/10/2017 at 11:46 am

    These are just the cutest photos Carie! Two weeks off sounds perfect x

  • jenny 20/10/2017 at 7:45 pm

    The weather can’t make up it’s mind my instagram has me in a puffer coat and boots one day and in shorts and tshirt the next I am sure people are thinking am I just sharing old photos from summer. It’s crazy. These are so beautiful and so fun! I love their little excited faces when they popped out. #siblingsproject

  • Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love) 23/10/2017 at 11:00 pm

    Gorgeous photos and I love the way they’re playing peek-a-boo with the kale. Hope that Elma is getting better and that you are now getting some more sleep. I think it hits you hard when you’re no longer used to it – I know that I really struggle now with a few nights of sleep deprivation and I wonder how I ever managed it with a baby! Hope you are all having a lovely half term. #siblingsproject

  • Gemma 24/10/2017 at 11:21 am

    I love these photos Carie – the last one is my favourite. We have a week and half off here and I’m loving it! xx

  • Sarah 14/11/2017 at 11:35 pm

    I love these pictures – I’ve never tried my two with kale but they will both hoover up any vegetables over anything else on their plates so it might be worth a try! I hope Elma is recovered now and you’ve all managed to catch up on your sleep! #siblingsproject