I’m so pleased to say that it’s the middle of February and that we have survived the longest, most miserable part of the year intact! Typically for us the start of the year is intentionally very quiet, we plan very little in the way of adventures and essentially hibernate for a few weeks – this means lots of rest time for Ben, Chloe and Amy at home whilst Dave and I tend to try and get stuff done around the house. Last year this meant rearranging the dining room to create an office space for me to work, this year it has been more about odd bits of jobs like painting or making some new shelves. We’ve got quite a big list of things we’d like to try and get done in the house this year, which to be honest is no different to usual, we just need to save up and get on with working our way down the list.
Of course this rest time is much needed for all of us, but does mean the kids can get a bit fed up of being in each other’s pockets and there’s definitely been times where I’ve had to send them to their rooms to have some time on their own just to stop them bickering!
Ben and Chloe are much closer again at the moment, enjoying spending time playing on the Xbox together which Amy really isn’t all that bothered about at the moment and as such she tends to feel a bit left out. I have often worried that having three children would mean that one would be left out and I think that’s happening more and more, but luckily it’s not the same one each time – the girls play dress up together, the big two play Xbox, Ben and Amy play rough and tumble – they all have different things to offer each other.
As they get older, there is definitely more jostling to assert authority – Amy is no longer happy to just go along with what the other two want, Ben is determined to be the leader, Chloe just wants to please everyone.