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The sun has started shining, and the coats have come off! I still can’t quite bring myself to put away the snow gear (just in case I jinx us all), but we have been making the most of the sunny days.
It’s amazing what a difference a bit of warmth in the day makes, to everyone’s moods! We’ve managed to walk to and from school a couple of times in the last week and one of the things I love about that is listening to the three chatting to each other as we stroll. Something that just doesn’t happen when we drive.
Last Wednesday was the warmest day of the year so far, so we walked home and popped into a park on the way past.
As they played together I thought, perfect! No resorting to the sofa this month :)
Of course, trying to get them to slow down long enough to get a photo proved tricky.
The boys suggested the slide shot, and we did eventually get the wee girl to join them for more than three seconds!
I gave up at this point and sat down on a bench and just watched them, only stepping in when the boys became zombies, chased their sister and made her cry… The 9yo swiftly declared mulch the cure, and after throwing handfuls at each other they were all fine!
It’s interesting how the age difference between them pops in and out of focus in their play.
The wee girl and 6yo play so nicely together now, the gap seeming to have shrunk completely, for the moment. As a threesome it works too, until the boys gang up on their sister. The boys on their own play differently, and that’s when I see irritation at the wee girl rear its head. I suspect that is something that we are going to have to work through, and will always be an issue. Understandably, to be fair, as she is that bit younger than them.
The sweetest thing to watch though is the 9yo playing with his sister. He really does adore her, and is so patient and tolerant. It makes my heart melt. This is something that I hope never changes.
Before we left, I managed to get these shots. The 9yo knew I was trying for a photo and managed to get the other two to look at the camera for me :)
This journey we’re on, through ages and stages, is endlessly fascinating and hugely rewarding. Watching these three grow is a privilege.