Living Arrows 1/52 {2019}

Every week I join in with Living Arrows, a blog linky run by Donna at What the Redhead Said. The name Living Arrows comes from a poem by Kahlil Gibran; “You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth”, and each Monday I share a photo of M, and one of B, and a bit about what we’ve been up to the previous week.

At the start of this year, I set myself 19 goals for 2019. One of those goals was to go outside every day. I possibly didn’t think this through particularly well as I’m sure that there will be some days when it’s absolutely throwing it down with rain and I’ll regret this pledge, but I figure I can truss M up in her waterproofs and we can dance in the garden puddles for ten minutes.

Anyway, this goal has led to lots of lovely outdoor moments already, and on Saturday we went for a walk in some woodland that we hadn’t visited before. The area has a small conservation group of volunteers who look after it, and there were various signs around with information about the local plants and wildlife. M walked up to this sign, and ‘read’ it aloud; in complete gobbledegook of course, which amused us greatly.

M reading a wooden sign in the woods.

B’s photograph was taken indoors. I’ve upped my Pondering Playtime series to weekly for 2019, and last week, I set up a tuff spot linked to That’s not my fairy… It was the first time that B had properly got involved in a tuff spot activity, and she loved it. I think M really enjoyed playing with her, too.

B hitting a saucepan with a ladle in the tuff spot.

I’m looking forward to coming up with more activities that they can both engage in. It’s lovely watching them as they start to interact with each other more and I’m sure that will only improve as we move through the year.

Living Arrows

17 Comments

  1. January 7, 2019 / 3:07 pm

    B is really growing a little personality now isn’t she. Lovely photos, as always! Happy New Year x

    • Jules
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      January 7, 2019 / 9:50 pm

      She really is. She’s such a happy, yet determined, little thing. She’s a very interesting combination of easygoing, while still knowing her own mind and working to her own agenda. I’m so interested to watch her grow and she her dynamic with M. Happy New Year to you too x

  2. January 7, 2019 / 8:03 pm

    Love your tuffspot idea, we have one but I haven’t really done much with it yet.

    • Jules
      Author
      January 7, 2019 / 9:50 pm

      Thank you! Please do check out my Pondering Playtime series, there are lots of tuff spot ideas there. Just put ‘tuff spot’ in the search bar and lots should pop up!

  3. January 7, 2019 / 9:16 pm

    I’m a new follower to your blog but I love your playtime series. I have a 1 year old and although I’m back in work it has inspired me to create more fun things for us to do when we are off together!

    • Jules
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      January 7, 2019 / 9:49 pm

      Thank you so much, it’s lovely to hear that my ideas are helping others!

  4. January 8, 2019 / 7:50 pm

    Aw I love your idea of a tuff spot, I have a one year old son and I’d love to set something up like this for him. I too have made a similar goal to go out more this year. Getting out in the fresh air is so important. I honestly so happy for doing it too. Lovely post, I am new here. I found you through Donna’s linky living arrows. xx

    • Jules
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      January 8, 2019 / 10:42 pm

      Welcome! I’m really enjoying getting outside more, too. I might feel differently if and when the weather takes a turn for the worse, but my backup is popping into the garden for a quick 20 minute playtime! x

  5. January 9, 2019 / 12:05 am

    Your children are both so cute. That’s a huge commitment going out every day. Good luck 🙂

    • Jules
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      January 9, 2019 / 6:07 am

      Thank you! So, far, so good on the going outside challenge. I intend to fall back on a quick play in the garden on the more difficult days!

  6. January 10, 2019 / 10:09 pm

    I am so, so happy you’re joining in again AND your goal to go outside every day is just lovely, I think you will all appreciate it as the year goes round x

    • Jules
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      January 10, 2019 / 11:26 pm

      Thank you. I think I might regret making it on the days that the weather is really terrible (and/or I’m ill!) but so far, we’re all feeling much better for the extra fresh air! x

  7. January 12, 2019 / 10:55 pm

    Good idea for a resolution, although I am with you on the rain. It does make for much better photos. We have not got our tuff spot out for ages. I must get it out and clean it down and thing of some things to do with Kipper x

    • Jules
      Author
      January 12, 2019 / 11:35 pm

      I want to do more, but I feel like I’m struggling for tuff spot inspo, at the moment! x

  8. January 13, 2019 / 5:30 pm

    Lovely photos of both of them! B is getting so big so quickly, it’s crazy! Good luck with the resolution to get outside every day, such a positive thing to be aiming for. x #LivingArrows

  9. January 13, 2019 / 9:32 pm

    Getting outside every day is a great goal – we definitely need to try and get out more – there are some weekends when we don’t leave the house between coming home from school on Friday and going back on Monday morning! Can’t wait to see the girls growing over another year of Living Arrows.

    • Jules
      Author
      January 14, 2019 / 2:11 am

      Weekends weren’t such a worry for me, as Matthew likes to get out and about, but we’d often have several weekdays in a row without leaving the house. I think we’re all feeling much better for the increased fresh air!

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