Siblings {January}

Jess McGlynnJanuary 10, 2015

This last month has taught me something very special about my two little siblings.  Being unwell for the majority of the month meant I wasn’t on hand to organise games, set up crafts or wade in and sort out disagreements.

Although I have found it difficult, and have battled with the feelings of guilt, I’ve had to adopt a very hands-off approach which isn’t something I am used to.

But despite the fact that there have been little spats and squabbles, I have been pleasantly surprised at how Meg and Eli have just got on and played.  They have created complex little worlds and escaped to them, they have set up their own simple activities, they have shared their new toys with each other without even needing to be asked and most of all, they haven’t needed or wanted much parental intervention and that has been amazing to watch.

I never get bored of hearing the sounds of delight as they get stuck into a really great game of their own invention.  It is just such a heart-warming thing.  I just hope it continues now they are back at school and nursery!

This month, I adore my photo.  Despite what I said last month, I failed to choose a photo where both Meg and Eli are facing the camera but this was deliberate (honestly!)

To most people it probably appears fairly unimaginative but to me this shot captures so much about their personalities: you have Meg posing and preening, ever being the proper little girl and Eli creeping up behind her, looking like he’s about to cause some mischief.  

Looking back at last year’s photo, it’s amazing to see how much they have changed as well.  They both just look so small and so young, and now I have a real little girl and boy on my hands!  

Although as you can see, Eli still looks to his big sister to lead the way!

dear beautiful


  • Claire@ClarinasContemplations

    January 10, 2015 at 17:43

    Awww… Jess! This picture is so cute and as you said… How much they change in a year! They both look so grown up!

  • Holly Hollyson

    January 11, 2015 at 18:37

    You are right, it is a very artistic shot and so much feeling caught up in that photo, I prefer it to a perfectly posed photo!

  • Goblin Child

    January 15, 2015 at 11:12

    What beautiful pictures! That first one reminds me of an old-fashioned film, and the second frames your siblings beautifully. I hope that you are feeling better now.

  • dont call me stepmum

    January 15, 2015 at 12:37

    I love this shot, I wouldn't say it's unimaginative, I would have this up on my wall. Very arty. Looks like you may be able to get some more rest time, and hopefully enjoy it more now you're not unwell (I hope you're better now) and they've mastered playing together xx #siblings

  • Sarah Anguish

    January 15, 2015 at 12:37

    Sorry to hear that you have been unwell, I hope you are on the mend. I adore the shot of them on the pier #Siblings

  • Colette B

    January 15, 2015 at 19:58

    What perfect photos! They're both gorgeous x

  • Debbie

    January 15, 2015 at 20:00

    It's a beautiful shot- your daughter definitely looks like something has captured her imagination. And yes, how quickly they grow. I hope you're feeling better x

  • Vikki Holness

    January 15, 2015 at 20:24

    Awwww Jess, they looks so cute and it's crazy to see how much they've changed when you compare it to last year's photo. xxx #siblings

  • Lucy

    January 16, 2015 at 14:23

    How much have they changed? Scary. But like you say, it's cute that Eli is still looking to his big sis. I'm often so busy being involved in what my kids are up to, that it amazes me when I sit back and realise how happy they are to entertain themselves and each other. Siblings are like a built in play mate. x

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