Living Arrows 3/52 (2020)

We’ve had another fairly standard week here. The boys are settled back into the school routine and apart from Gabe having a cold they’re both enjoying being back. The only school related drama was when it was raining at pick up time on Monday and I dared not to take Gabe’s umbrella for him!

The week has been a bit more eventful for me though. I found out on Tuesday that something I have been told for the last 18 months was a ‘non-serious tear’ in my left retina, is actually a partial retinal detachment which I’m going to have to have surgery to fix!

The surgical options all sound a bit scary but if I don’t have it done there’s a high risk that at some point the retina will detach completely and I’ll lose some or all of the sight in that eye. Obviously I don’t want that so it looks like I’ll have to have the surgery some time soon. I’ve got another appointment on the 4th February to see the retinal surgeon again so I’ll find out more then.

Anyway, this is supposed to be a post about the boys not me so here are their pictures for this week. They were both taken at bedtime yesterday. We’d had a fairly quiet weekend – the boys had their swimming lessons on Saturday and then on Sunday we popped out to a small local soft play and cafe in the afternoon.

A small boy cuddling up to a man's arm which is holding a book
Gabe snuggling up to Daddy for his bedtime story

We’ve started reading more chapter books with at bedtimes over the last year. I’ve read the first three Harry Potter books to Toby, and Barry read the BFG to Gabe before Christmas. At the moment though they are both enjoying The Christmasaurus and the Winter Witch. It’s quite long though – they’ve been reading it since before Christmas and still aren’t finished!

A boy peeking between two wooden bars. A green and purple cuddly toy is next to him
Toby peeking through the bunk bed bars

I’m not sure what our next book is going to be though. I think we’re going to wait a while before moving onto the next Harry Potter. We’ve got a few more Roald Dahl’s that they’ve not had yet but Toby keeps refusing them all! If you’ve got any suggestions that a 4 year old and 6 year old would both enjoy I’d love to hear them…

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.

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9 thoughts on “Living Arrows 3/52 (2020)

  1. My 5 year old is currently loving Captain Underpants. I would happily tell CU to get in the sea to be honest but he enjoys it and it encourages a boy who isn’t massively keen on reading to get his nose in a book so here we are!

    I am so sorry about your retinal detachment. They thought that was what I had before I was diagnosed with PIC and it was a scary notion so I sympathise completely. Keep us posted x

  2. I’m so sorry to hear about your eye. Hopefully the surgery will fix the problem but I can understand how scary it sounds. I’m glad they have caught it before it got worse.

    I love the boys all cozy in and ready for bed. I miss cute matching pj times.

  3. So sorry to hear about your eye, and hope the meeting with the surgeon goes well. Love these photos of the boys, these kinds of moments are so lovely to have photos of. I’m reading ‘the owl who was afraid of the dark’ to my 2 at the moment and they love it! x #LivingArrows

  4. So sorry about your eye, but hopefully surgery will go well to fixing it. Maybe try some of the David Walliams books? Mine loved Gangsta Granny! #LivingArrows

  5. I found out about the Christmasaurus too late so I’ve literally just bought it and will probably save it for next December! I love how engrossed the children get in chapter books now. I love Gabe’s PJs! x

  6. Lovely photos, bed time snuggles are so special. I really need to get back into the routine of reading Olivia a bed time story, we’ve really let things slip especially since she has started to bring reading books home from school.

  7. Sorry to hear about you eye, not great you have been told the wrong thing! Hope you hear about the surgery soon. Love Gabes PJs. We are currently reading the second Harry Potter, we enjoyed the famous five books.

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