We are now coming to the end of our summer vacation. In just over two weeks the boys go back to school. Their sister then starts preschool the week after. The holidays have gone so fast!
The sibling harmony that presided over the first weeks of the holiday has remained largely intact. But, I would be lying if I said it had been perfect!
About a month into vacation, the bickering started. I think we did well to get that far.
The wee girl and the 6yo have discovered lots of new ways to push each others buttons, and it has been rather painful to listen to at times.
The 9yo has kept his head down!
I suspect that it is a function of spending all day, every day, together. Not something that they are used to. Perhaps the novelty simply wore off.
Thankfully, the bickering has only been a small part of our days, and we have enjoyed lots of summer adventures. Our bucket list has proved to be the best thing we could have done, and we still have a couple of weeks left to tick a few more things off.
This months photos were actually taken a couple of weeks ago, on National Watermelon Day (we were working with a brand to celebrate the day!). I hadn’t planned on using them for Siblings, but I only needed a couple for the brand, and they were just too good not to use!
Despite the bickering and pushing of buttons, there have been plenty of moments like this one. Moments where the silliness and laughter shine through. Moments where the three are very much a unit.
And, of course, who can resist messing around with watermelon?
It has been an interesting vacation in a lot of ways. It’s been the first summer where all three have been able to join in with everything. It has been easier and more streamlined. The ability to leave the stroller behind, coupled with no longer needing a changing bag, has been liberating. For all of us!
We have been able to just jump in the car and head out. No major planning required.
And while the dynamic between the three continues to change, sometimes on a daily basis, and not always in a positive way (!), it has been a lot of fun.
I will be sorry to see the holidays end, but I’m looking forward to seeing where the next few months take us. The wee girl starting school will change the dynamic again, potentially significantly.
And that’s quite exciting!