Living Arrows 1/52 (2019)

Here we are again – so this is going to be my sixth year of taking part in the Living Arrows linky! The project originally took it’s name from a poem by Kahlil Gibran, “You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth”  and it has seen a few incarnations in the last five years. For the last few years though it has been hosted by the lovely Donna at What the Redhead Said.

I love these posts – they are the one thing that I always post on my blog every week. They are like a little online diary as each week I write a little bit about what we have been up to, and share pictures of Toby and Gabe. I’ve even had the first four years made into actual albums (which reminds me, I should do another one for last year).

So to this last week then. On New Year’s Eve we headed over to Halifax and spent most of the day at Eureka. It was a fun day with plenty to keep the boys occupied. I think Gabe’s favourite thing was a bit where you had to listen to different sounds and guess what they were – he spent ages standing there pressing all the buttons…

Gabe having fun at Eureka

We spent New Year’s Eve with my brother and sister-in-law. The boys went to bed a little bit later than normal after watching the Super Monsters countdown on Netflix. They managed to sleep through some fireworks at midnight too, although Gabe was awake pretty early. 

On New Year’s Day we went for a walk at Hardcastle Crags where we took our December Me & Mine pictures. It wasn’t our most successful day out, mostly because there were a lot of dogs and Toby’s fear was out in full force but it was nice to get out and get some fresh air.

We got some more on Friday when we met my friend Claire and her twins at Speke Hall near Liverpool. We’re definitely getting good use out of our National Trust membership already and we’ve only had it a month!

Gabe was struggling a bit – he’s finding being three quite hard at the moment and was being a bit grumpy and whingey, especially when the other three boys are playing something he’s not really big enough to join in with. He cheered up when they included him in their ninja game though, and we had a really good day out in the end. It was cold though, as you can see by how well Toby was wrapped up on the playground…

Toby on the playground at Speke Hall

We rounded off our second week of the Christmas holidays with a trip to soft play yesterday and today we are back to normality. I have to say I’m looking forward to getting back to our routine, but I have a feeling this morning’s school and nursery drop offs might end up being a bit tear-filled. I think both my boys would rather just stay at home!

Lastly, I always like to show how much Toby and Gabe have grown in the time I’ve been doing these Living Arrows posts so here’s the first ever picture of Toby I used when he was not quite six months old…

Toby at 5 months old in my first Living Arrows picture

And this is the first one of Gabe from the week after he was born in 2015, lying on his brother’s knee. I know you can’t really see him but you can see how tiny he was…

Toby and Gabe together when Gabe was only a week old


Here’s to another year of Living Arrows! If you’d like to see the rest of my posts you can find them all here.

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14 thoughts on “Living Arrows 1/52 (2019)

  1. It’s so lovely that you have six years worth of photo’s and memories to look back on. You don’t realise how much or how fast children grow up until you look back at old posts do you. It sounds like you’ve all had a lovely end to the school holidays, I hope the boys settle back in this week x #livingarrows

  2. It’s so lovely to see how they have grown over the years. Definitely a good thing to look back on!

  3. Oh my gosh I am loving the throwback photos! Looking forward to following you through another year of Living Arrows. Happy New Year! x LivingArrows

  4. I am so, so happy that you’re back for another year! I think even if I stopped posting you would carry on – you’re dedicated! It’s been so lovely watching the boys grow and Gabe’s whole life is within these posts. I love this tradition each week x

  5. What a great idea getting them made into books. I will have to look into that for last two years. I wish I had been doing it for a lot longer. They were so small when you started, love looking back on the squishy baby pictures. Hope you have had a lovely weekend x

  6. Oh my word I can’t believe you’ve been doing these posts for so long, that’s amazing! What a wonderful thing to be able to look back on, and I love that you’ve made some of the photos into books too, such a lovely idea. x #LivingArrows

  7. Oh wow 6 years of Living Arrows is amazing! I wish I’d started joining in sooner but I am pleased to have a year’s worth of weekly photos under my belt.

    It sounds like you had a lovely New Year! x #LivingArrows

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