Living Arrows 25/52 (2021)

So after writing my Living Arrows post super late in the week for the last couple of weeks I’ve actually got my act together to write it ready for Monday morning this week! After a normal week at school we’ve had a bit of a busy weekend with one thing and another.

Because of various things happening over the weekend we moved the boys Street Monkeys session to Friday after school. They are still loving it and I really enjoy watching them joining in with everything and getting over some of their fears.

On Saturday Toby had another forest school birthday to go to in the morning so Gabe and I dropped him off and took the chance to have a little Mummy and Gabe time. We used to get a lot of time on our own before Gabe started school but for the last two years, and especially with all the lockdowns we’ve not really had chance to do anything on our own for ages.

We went to a local cafe / bookshop for a cake, and then Gabe wanted to buy a new teddy with some money he’s been saving from Christmas and his recent visits from the tooth fairy! We’ve got a local shop that sells Jellycat toys so he bought himself a new elephant and under instruction from Toby he spent his money on a cuddly dragon! After that we had time for a quick 15 minutes on the park before it was time to pick Toby up.

From there we went to a nearby retail park and after McDonald’s for lunch I took them to get their feet measured at Clarks. Like lots of other people I’m sure, I’ve kind of been guessing what size shoes they need for the last year, and we’d noticed that Toby’s trainers were giving him blisters on his little toes. They were actually both wearing the right size by some miracle but we got Toby some new trainers anyway – he’s an adult size 3 now, only two more sizes to go and his feet will be as big as mine! And as we get to the end of Year 1 for Gabe he’s wearing size 11, which was the size Toby was in when he started Reception!

Toby’s still got another few weeks to go before he turns 8 but we’re definitely starting to see some of the tween attitude coming out. He looks so grown up these days, especially when he’s overdue a haircut like he is at the moment…

Toby leaning on the safety rail of his bunk bed while listening to a bedtime story

Anyway, that was our busy Saturday. Yesterday the boys gave Daddy a card and a few presents (that I had mostly chosen), then after lunch we were back to the woods for a Family Forest School session. Although the boys have been to a few parties recently it was our first proper session back since October and it was lovely to be in the woods again. I barely saw Toby for the two hours we were there as he was off playing with his friends.

Gabe still likes to stay quite close to me while we’re there though so we made a little fire together, and built a fairy-sized shelter that he was very proud of.

Gabe with his fairy shelter in the woods

The boys have both got sports days at school this week but other than that I think it’s just a normal week for us, and then a fairly quiet weekend after this week’s busy one. I hope you all have a lovely week, whatever you’re up to…

This is my ninth year taking part in this linky celebrating childhood, based on a poem by Kahlil Gibran, “You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth” .

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

Living Arrows

5 thoughts on “Living Arrows 25/52 (2021)

  1. It’s really good to hear that the boys are enjoying getting back into their clubs and going to parties again! We have been winging shoes sizes here as well. Just hoping they don’t moan about their school shoes in the next month lol! x

  2. I can totally relate to the winging of shoe sizes. We need to go and get the boys done as I think Charlie needs new walking boots. We do love a forest school and it is so lovely that the party invites are starting to come through again.

  3. Adult size 3! I’m only a 4 haha! Kids just never stop growing do they!? I’m trying to eek out Iris’s uniform another few weeks- I refuse to shop for more when it won’t fit her come September. Lovely to see your boys enjoying socialising again.

    Katrina x

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