Three weeks into summer vacation and so far so good. Spirits are high and irritation levels are low. The dreaded I’m bored has yet to rear its head, and the children are enjoying each others company.
Whether this will last remains to be seen, but it has been a joy to watch them together these last few weeks.
At the beginning of the holidays we wrote a bucket list. This was the best thing we could have done as we always have the makings of a plan; even if it just involves heading out for ice cream!
The kids are loving ticking things off, and deciding what we do next. And I for one am grateful for the ready-made ideas; ideas that everyone has already bought in to.
Why have I not done this before?!
This weekend we headed to Breakheart reservation for a scoot and a swim (that’s three ticks on the bucket list!) and it struck me that perhaps the biggest difference this year is actually that the wee girl can now keep up with her brothers in everything, or at the very least make a good job of trying.
Last year, scooting to the lake would have been an activity for the boys, with the wee girl confined to the stroller so that we had some chance of keeping her brothers in sight.
This year, she scooted along with them. Well, behind them, but she scooted!
And, this inclusion saves upset and frustration; it makes activities fun for all, no one is left out.
Their bond continues to grow, and seeing the boys wait for their little sister or help her or simply include her makes my heart swell.
And of course, they continue to make wonderful faces as soon as the camera appears, which makes me smile every time.
I hope that the summer vacation continues to cement these sibling relationships, before the chaos of school and preschool descend in September, when it will be all too easy to forget how much they enjoy each others company.
Watching them play together fills me with pride, and I am reminded just how lucky they are to have each other. And how lucky I am to have them.