Half Term Madness
This week I’m joining in with the Living Arrows community. All about celebrating childhood – Half term seems like the perfect opportunity to get involved. I think I have already mentioned that this half term is a bit unusual for us. All 3 of our girls have different weeks off – Last week I had Millie at home, this week its Tara’s turn.Poor Violet has to wait until this coming Friday to break up. The perils of having 3 children in 3 different schools across 3 different towns!
Over the past 5 years, we have got used to Millie going away during most of the school holidays. As she has progressed in the GB squad, the training camps have become more frequent and tend to be every school holiday. Its obvious she loves it and doesn’t mind being away from home (the camps are always down south) but I do worry about whether it will have a lasting effect on her relationships with her sisters.
The Journey Begins
Yesterday, I took Millie down to Bristol ready for an overnight stay ahead of today’s camp starting at 8am. We’ve started getting the train as often as possible to cut down on our driving. It seemed the perfect opportunity to take Tara along with us for the adventure. Every child loves a Premier Inn stay, don’t they? We knew it would be a flying visit as I had to get back to collect Violet from school but it seemed the best chance of these 2 spending some time together. Violet thoroughly enjoys 1-2-1 time with her Dad so everyone wins.
I took my Living Arrows picture for this week almost as soon as we started the journey at Manchester Piccadily. There was no discussion, these 2 were always going to sit next to each other. I love how close they are (even if Millie finds it difficult to remove her headphones). Shortly after this pic was taken, a game of Rock Paper Scissors followed by consumption of an enormous bag of Maltesers.
We dropped Millie off at training at 8am this morning and will next see her when we meet her off a plane in Glasgow (She gets about this kid!) We have to grab our opportunities to be together whenever they arise. It was well worth it to see these 2 getting on so well though. The journey back was just as much fun – Tara didn’t stop chatting for hours and we made it to Violet’s school pick up with 3 minutes to spare!
“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth”
by Kahlil Gibran