We survived the first week back at school after the half term holidays.
It was actually a pretty good week all round. Both the children were happy to head back to school and see all their friends again. Rhys went on a class trip to the national botanic garden of Wales, and came home saying he’d had an amazing day. And on Saturday we popped over to Cwmbran to see my sister and her family for the day.
We’d actually not seen each other since before Christmas, so the children were all really excited about not only seeing each other but getting to finally exchange Christmas presents. And Nerys had the extra bonus of birthday presents from her cousins too.
So this week’s living arrows photos are of a very happy little girl with her first fingerling, and a boy full of beans and raring to get jumping on his cousins’ trampoline again.
I always love it when I manage to get together with my siblings and their children, it makes me so happy to see the cousins all play together. They always seem to get on so well. And this time around I got to spend some one on one time with my oldest niece which was so lovely.
I’d bought her a cushion for her bedroom for Christmas so she took me up to show me how well it would go with the star theme she’s got going on. Then she showed me box after box of her bits and pieces. It just made me smile so much, thinking how young me would’ve loved pretty much everything she showed me. And feeling really quite touched that she wanted to spend that time with me.
Seeing her now, seeming so much more grown up than even a year ago, it seems so crazy to think of her at just a week old at my wedding.
It’s a real privilege really, isn’t it. Getting to see any child in your life grow and change and show more and more of the amazing people they are.