19 January 2016

Siblings (January)

Brother and sister in woodland setting

We haven't done a great deal so far this month as the weather has been so miserable but we did manage to have a lovely woodland walk at Everdon. Getting out in the cold can be so refreshing, especially after indulging over Christmas, and it was of course great fun to jump in muddy puddles, climb trees and build dens with the Mini Mes.

Like any siblings, Minxy and Jamster bicker over the littlest of things at the moment and tell tales on one another daily. Usually it's down to something as small as what song is on the radio, who's sitting in the front of the car or who has left their fruit at lunch, but it's also great to stand back and watch their relationship flourish too. They seem to be communicating nicely and a lot of disputes are sorted between themselves. They have bonded a lot more recently which I think is mainly due to the fact that they have similar interests and because they are getting so grown up. 
They will soon be 10 and 12 in a few months!


Brother and sister in woodland setting


They praise each other when they succeed in a new challenge and then support and encourage each other to reach goals. I've really noticed that their confidence has increased because of this, both independently and in groups. They thrive when they get back to basics and they have suggested we go on another Forest Holiday this year when we were booking holidays as they enjoyed it so much. Especially the bush skills.

They have both also decided that they want to create a YouTube channel together where they can share Minecraft tutorials like their current idol, Stampylongnose! This is something they discussed enthusiastically while walking around Everdon. I have no idea how to play it myself and I don't see the appeal but they would, if I let them, play the game for hours. They are very creative and like to build things as a team, both on the Xbox and with sticks, blankets or Lego.

I would love to build this duo into a trio and I'm hoping to sway the Mr an additional sibling is needed in the very near future. Maybe this year?


What have your children been up to lately?

54 comments :

  1. Emma has started a number of after school classes this semester as before Christmas we struggled to keep her entertained in the house. I hope they will not only give her a chance to relax but also to make new friends. Good luck with the swaying, we have had the same debates this month, men are less enthusiastic about the subject ;-).xx

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  2. What gorgeous pictures to treasure. Your children sound like the best of friends! :)

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  3. mine are 3 and 6 and they bicker constantly, they are sometimes like best friends mixed with a load of tell tales in between haha x

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  4. Nothing beats a good day outdoors, always makes people get along better! Lovely photos x

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  5. These are lovely photos! I love spending days outdoors in the fresh air as i'm stuck in an office all week! Definitely makes me feel a lot better. xx

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  6. It is lovely and refreshing to get out for a walk in January, I love the cool fresh air! It sounds like your kids have lovely relationship, it's nice when they are close in age and can share interests. My children are both 6, although my son turns 7 next week, and they both love minecraft. They want to make they own youtube channel too!

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  7. These two look so cheeky. My daughter also wants a YouTube channel at just 7 too!

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  8. I love that they are doing the Youtube project together - so sweet. They sound like they have such a wonderful sibling bond. :)

    Jenna at Tinyfootsteps xx

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  9. Aw they look so cute in that first pic, sounds like they have their moments. Mine are 5 and 2 it is so funny some of the things they say to each other. sibling ey! I am going to look into a forest holiday this year. Sounds like so much fun I know my two will love it. x

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  10. Yay add to the clan :) love that tree photo xx

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  11. My girls seem to argue/bicker quite often and it really does get on my nerves haha but when they are good I love watching them play! Lovely photos x

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  12. My daughters are 9, 4 and 10 months, the oldest 2 argue constantly. We are preparing to move them into a bedroom together so we can move the baby into her own room, im dreading it!

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  13. Lovely photos - they are so alike!

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  14. Heading out for wintery walk in the woods is such a lovely way to spend an afternoon, as you say it can be so refreshing! You've captured some great photos too :) How brilliant that they're going to do a YouTube channel together, I'm sure that will be ace! x

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  15. Love out walking perfect way to refresh and invigorate and keep away from gadgets and have energetic fun and games looks like you all enjoyed it

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  16. Love out walking perfect way to refresh and invigorate and keep away from gadgets and have energetic fun and games looks like you all enjoyed it

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  17. Margaret Clarkson
    The photographs are really lovely. Wishing you all every happiness.

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  18. I can't wait to see what sort of relationship Lamb has with his brother when he arrives. We are looking forward to having to boys teaming up. My nephew turned 4 last month and he often films 'youtube' videos and send them to me! So funny xx

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  19. great pics. wishing you happiness and health this year

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  20. My daughter has just taken up the piano and she is busy practising

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  21. lovely photos! No.3 that sounds exciting! all the best x

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  22. Aww, it's lovely to see them together. Mine are in their late twenties now and have finally stopped bickering lol.

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  23. I think mine have hibernated, I'm enjoying the free time though!

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  24. So nice. I didn't really get on with my brother.

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  25. We've done an Xplorer Orienteering Challenge, a Treasure Trail and some Geocaching

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  26. Lovely pictures we like to explore having long walks out with the dog x

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  27. I have a daughter and a son also they have their moments of bickering but just love it when they spend time doing stuff together , we are hoping to add another sibling for our children this year also x

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  28. grrrrr that name is so banned in our house ... StampyLongNose ... he has the most irritating voice .. the only thing I like about him is he doesnt swear ... My children are also obsessed with minecraft ... from the youngest at 10 to the eldest at 19 .... they bicker the same as yours and tell on each other all the time ... even from university the eldest winds the younger two up !! ... Lovely picks of your woodland walk .. we dont get out very often at all because of my disabilities but we have a lovely garden the children like to play in xxx

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  29. Lovely pics. I hope my children get on like this one day

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  30. Such a lovely & refreshing post to hear siblings getting on well and having something fun to create together.

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  31. i love doing things as a family like crafts or walks or day outs. i wish i got on this well with my siblings when i was younger lol

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  32. how lovely they want to do a you tube channel together!

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  33. i have 4 of diffrent ages 2 eldedst are 1 year 11months and second 2 are 6 year gap but they all get on fine

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  34. I was the same with my brothers until we all moved out haha

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  35. Claire Elizabeth Noke30 January 2016 at 11:28

    They sound just like my two youngest(boy and girl) .... there's only 14 months between them and they argue and bicker daily.... but they also love each other immensely and praise each other and suport each other just as much as they fall out ! :)

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  36. my oldest is Minecraft and sims4 mad, if shes not on her xbox, its the computer.

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  37. I love when siblings stick up for each other instead of fighting with each other

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  38. its so nice when they are close and look after each other x

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  39. Lovely pic and so lovely they are bonding well x

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  40. It's so nice that your children get on unfortunately mine argue a lot as they are like chalk and cheese but days out like this and team building exercises definitely help, well done you're obviously a great mum x

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  41. My son is 14 & his siblings are 10 years plus older than him so he doesn't have the kind of realtionship I had with my brother who is only 15 months older than me. My son is very artistic & has developed his own character & hopes to study animation at Uni.

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  42. What a lovely, honest post and super pics of the children.

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  43. There is only two years between my girls and they bicker constantly, I wish they'd get along.

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  44. I like it when they buy each other birthday presents

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  45. Lovely photos of your children, mine love getting their wellies on and having winter walks :)

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  46. Seems like they are truly growing up, exploring their interests and finding their place within the family, community etc.

    Rachel Craig

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  47. Lovely blog and lovely children too ... mine has been on holiday to New York this week with the inlaws .. I am really missing him but he flies home today :)

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  48. I have to drag mine out when its cold but she loves it once we are actually out...we love walking the dog on a sunday and my daughter collects leaves to use in her art work

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  49. I have to drag mine out when its cold but she loves it once we are actually out...we love walking the dog on a sunday and my daughter collects leaves to use in her art work

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  50. lovely children, lovely that they are supporting & encouraging each other too

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