Welcome to week 7 of the Living Arrows project. Each week this year I will post a photo that captures a little everyday moment of the kids childhood. The title comes from a poem by Kahlil Gibran, “You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth” .
I’m a little bit late than never with my post this week! We are having a really busy half term. I wasn’t able to take any time off work so it is all a bit of a juggle.
I totally love these photos! They were taken on Sunday night at the Cambridge E-Luminate festival. Can you tell it was crazy cold? Leo insisted on wearing a cap on top of his hood.
The Cambridge Guild Hall was lit up in rainbow colours to celebrate LGBT History Month. How gorgeous are the boys hugging each other to keep warm?
I’ve always told the kids about equal love. I want them to understand that it is totally normal for a man to have a girlfriend or a boyfriend, a woman can get married to a man or a woman and that some kids have parents of the same gender.
Welcome to week 6 of the Living Arrows project. Each week this year I will post a photo that captures a little everyday moment of the kids childhood. The title comes from a poem by Kahlil Gibran, “You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth” .
This week I’ve snuck into the picture! This is me and Leo on Friday hanging out after school. We were just messing around taking photos while I was cooking dinner. This photo captures our relief of getting to the end of another busy week. Leo is showing off a little Lego animal that he had made.
Leo is such a special soul. He has quite a particular approach to life and really makes me laugh. He can be a little bit more reserved and sensitive than his brother. He is so loving and gives the best hugs.
The boys are genetically identical. They have had exactly the same life experience. Yet they have such different personalities – it’s completely fascinating!
I am so happy to be writing this post! At the beginning of the year my husband and I chatted about what we really wanted to do in 2018. Top of the our list was visit my husband’s family in Ecuador. With lots of planning we are making it happen and will be heading to Ecuador soon.
I lived and worked in Ecuador after I finished university. It was where I met my husband. In a couple of weeks it will be 13 years since Rolando moved to the UK. We last visited Ecuador together when Sofia was 6 months old, 8 years ago. It was so special to take her to meet her Ecuadorian family. She doesn’t remember it but it was such a precious experience. Rolando has visited his family since but in difficult circumstances when his Dad passed away in 2012. I was pregnant with the twins at the time.
Our original plan was to visit Ecuador before the twins turned 2 so we wouldn’t have to pay full price for the boy’s tickets. Then the reality of having two high energy toddlers hit. Taking such a long flight with our “spirited” boys sitting on our laps was just too much. Then in the last few years there always seemed to be another expense that had to take priority over paying for flights.
However we’ve decided that it was the moment to just go for it. Life is short. Seeing family is too important to wait any longer. It is so sad that Rolando’s Dad never got to meet the twins. I don’t want anything to stop Rolando’s Mum getting to know her Grandchildren.
We have just booked flights to fly to Ecuador and we are so excited! We are going to visit in March for 3 weeks. There has been some tricky logistics to sort out. We needed to get passports for the boys and ask for permission to take the kids out of school (for just a few days). We are also being really careful with money to cover the costs. It will all be worth it for the kids to meet their Abuela (Grandma), Aunties and Uncles. It will be amazing for the kids to hang out with all of their cousins. I think they will be a proper little gang. It is also great that all of the kids are going to be old enough to remember this trip.
As an added bonus my Mum is going to come with us too. This will be the first time that she will meet any of Rolando’s family. She has even been taking Spanish lessons so that she can speak to Rolando’s mum.
Knowing we have a big trip to look forward to is really giving me such a boost through the cold winter months. The kids are so excited. They have lots of ideas about what they want to do. We are speaking more Spanish with the kids so that they feel more confident communicating. The boys ask me every day if we are going to Ecuador tomorrow. I have put a countdown onto my phone to show the weeks until we leave.
I’ll keep you posted on our travel plans and I’m sure I’ll be spamming Instagram with excessive numbers of holiday photos!
Welcome to week 5 of the Living Arrows project. Every week I post a photo that
captures a little everyday moment of the kids childhood. The title comes from a
poem by Kahlil Gibran, “You are the bows from which your children as living
arrows are sent forth” .
It is time for my beautiful Sam to have his moment in the Living Arrows spotlight. This photo was taken on Sunday afternoon at Anglesey Abbey. Photo credit goes to Rolando!
We’d had a really quiet weekend and were feeling a bit stir crazy at home. We grabbed warm coats and wellies and headed outside. I love the look on Sam’s face in this photo. He was looking up at a big wooden Xylophone that hangs between the trees. I loved seeing him jumping up to try and hit the highest sections.
The kids really enjoyed running about and getting muddy. I loved seeing the snowdrops flowering. Spring is on it’s way!
Welcome to week 4 of the Living Arrows project. Every week I post a photo that captures a little everyday moment of the kids childhood. The title comes from a poem by Kahlil Gibran, “You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth” .
This week’s picture is my amazing Sofia. She was really excited on Friday to receive a headteacher award. It recognises her cooperation, teamwork and communication skills. I was very proud that the head teacher recognised these qualities in my daughter. I get a bit frustrated with the testing and targets focus of education. Hooray for celebrating life skills!
Here Sofia is with her certificate. It is not the best quality shot but it captures the feeling of the moment! Well done Sofia!
Welcome to this week’s Living Arrows post. For this project I’m going to be posting a photo of the kids each week that captures little everyday moments of their childhood. I’ve had so many lovely moments over the past week so it was tricky to narrow down today’s selection. These photos are all taken spontaneously on my camera phone so they’re not the best quality images.
It went suspiciously quiet when I was taking a shower one morning. I discovered that the kids had climbed into the bunk beds together and Sofia was reading the boys Mr. Men books. It was such a calm moment and shows how caring Sofia can be towards her brothers. I just love it when the kids are spontaneously so kind to each other!
Is there anything more joyful as a kid than liking cake mixture off a spoon?! The children wanted to make chocolate muffins after tea one day. We made chocolate orange muffins with leftover Christmas chocolate. Baking with all of the kids together is usually pretty chaotic but they had fun. The muffins tasted incredible!
Once a week I have an hour to kill with the boys while Sofia is at her dance class. We’ve got into the habit of going to our local cafe for treats to keep out of the cold. I really look forward to our little cafe trip each week. I love this photo of Sam as it really captures his cheeky, fun personality.
I’ll pop back next week with another set of weekly photos!
So my husband and I spent Saturday evening hanging out at a business park in Cambridge. Sounds a bit random right? However behind the doors of a very unassuming office building was our destination, Cambridge Escape Rooms. Our mission was to solve the clues, defuse a bomb and escape from a bank vault.
I’d heard friends talking about escape room experiences. The concept is that you have 60 minutes to work out how to escape from a locked room. The idea reminded me a bit of the Crystal Maze, my favourite childhood TV show. It very intrigued so I booked a session at Cambridge Escape rooms for me and my husband.
Our Escape Room Experience
We were complete Escape Room newbies so didn’t have any idea what to expect. With hindsight I should have probably worn more sensible shoes! After a quick briefing we were locked into our room. I was really impressed with the room and how it was staged to fit in with the theme.
We got really stuck into to exploring all around the room and finding and figuring out each clue. The 60 minutes absolutely flew by. It took us a little while to get going but once we had solved the first stage we were up and running. I am not going to give away any spoilers as to what you actually have to do. We had some inspired moments where we stormed ahead. Each little breakthrough was very satisfying. We also had moments when we went around in circles. The person running your game is watching your progress via a concealed camera. We were quite relieved when she chipped in with a few clues when we had reached a bit of a dead end.
The whole experience was really fun. There was a bit of an adrenaline rush knowing that you were working against the clock. I really enjoyed working together with Rolando. We made a pretty good team. It helped that we know each other so well so there were bits of the game I knew he would be better at and vice versa.
Did we escape?
I’m a little sad to say that we didn’t quite defuse the bomb in time and ended up getting locked in the room. Even so it was such a fun experience. It was a completely different type of night out. I liked that it was a mental challenge. I’ll be honest that it was harder than I had anticipated. You can have a team of 2 to 6 players. It was fun to do this activity as a couple. However I think it was a bit harder to do everything with only 2 people. I would recommend grabbing some mates and going as a bigger team. I think more collective brain power and extra pairs of hands would really help.
Cambridge Escape rooms has 3 different rooms to choose from. I didn’t realise when I booked our session that I had inadvertently chosen the hardest room out of the 3 available. Our room was rated 4.5 out of 5 for difficulty so not the best option for first timers. With hindsight I should have checked this out before hand (I couldn’t find this detail on the Cambridge Escape Rooms website).
I really want to try one of the other rooms at Cambridge Escape rooms, especially now we have an idea how the concept works. It was a really good venue. There was lots of free parking available, always handy. It was very straight forward to book our session online. We received an email reminder a couple of days in advance with all the information we needed. I was impressed with the customer service. We had a really friendly welcome when we arrived. The person looking after our game was very enthusiastic and helpful and made it a great experience.
Are you an escape room expert? Any tips to help us out next time?
This year I’m joining in with the Living Arrows project. I’ll be posting a photo or two every week to capture the everyday childhood moments. I really like the idea that I will build up a weekly record of family life. I think it will show the children growing up and changing through the year. The title Living Arrows comes from a poem by Kahlil Gibran, “You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.”
This week’s photo is of Sam. Ideally I’m planning to post pictures of all 3 of the kids but it just depends what photos I’ve taken that week. I also think it is good for them to get some individual attention every so often. When we are out and about I’m often so busy that I forget to take any pictures. Photo credit for this picture goes to Rolando.
This photo was taken last week at Bury Lane Farm Shop and Cafe. We arranged a last minute meet up with our very special friends Rosanna and Gianni and their daughter Gabriella. We don’t get to see them too often as we live in different cities. We all had a chance to have a good catch up and exchange Christmas presents. It was such a fun afternoon for all of us.
What I really like about this photo is that it shows a moment of calm in what was a really busy day. I think Sam was just having a moments rest after running around so much.
I will try and remember to take a photo of all of the kids this week ready for next weeks Living Arrows post.
This year as part of my blogging routine I’ve decided to take part in Living Arrows, hosted by Donna from What the Redhead Said. This is a project that celebrates the special moments of childhood. The title comes from a line from a poem by Kahlil Gibran.
“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth”
Every week I’ll be posting a picture or two from our week. I love the idea of capturing these little special moments. They really are the building blocks of childhood.
This week’s photos capture the last day of 2017. We decided to head into Cambridge and have a meal together. We popped into this funfair on the spur of the moment as we walked back to the car.
I’ve always loved the bright, loudness of the fair. It felt like such a fun way to end the year. The boys chose to go on this little car ride. Sofia was more adventurous and went on this flying plane ride.
Happy New Year! Here to many special childhood moments in 2018!
Its finally the 1st of December! Christmas has truly landed in casa Pincay. I love this time of year even though life is a bit busy and chaotic.
The fairy lights are on. Who am I kidding we never really take them down. We blasted out Fairy tale of New York over breakfast. Officially the best Christmas song ever despite the non-child friendly lyrics. Note to self remind the kids never to repeat the words Faggot and Slut!
The kids have been singing along to their new favourite song Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer. Thanks Chris Evans for bringing this bizarre tune into our lives via your breakfast show. It has very questionable lyrics about an old lady being trampled by a reindeer! Luckily the kids haven’t noticed. Sofia has also been singing the 12 Days of Christmas since she woke up!
I let the boys go to school in their jazzy Christmas socks today. Sam and Leo had a dress rehearsal for their first nativity play. Sam didn’t want to dress up as an angel but he seems to have been won over with some gold tinsel. I can’t wait to see their play. I’ll have tissues at the ready.
I popped into our local library for some Christmas books. I discovered How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss. What a great story! How have I never come across it before?
We started our annual advent activities this evening. Every year we do a little Christmassy activity each evening. Our first activity was drinking hot chocolate with tonnes of marshmallows. I need to get a bit more organised with this years activities as I’m winging it a bit at the moment.
The boys also have a Blox advent calendar from Wilko (its essentially fake Lego!). I had quite low expectations as it was very cheap. However the first model, a little elf, was really cute. The twins are still getting to grips with only opening one door per day and taking turns to get the present! I feel that this month may involve a lot of calendar related refereeing.
We’ve got a really Christmassy weekend planned. Tomorrow we are going to the Mill Road Winter Festival in Cambridge. I’ve heard it is a really great event but in all the years that we have lived here we have never managed to make it. Tomorrow evening we are going to the switching on of our village Christmas lights. Hopefully we will get a chance to put up the Christmas tree on Sunday. We are still debating whether to have a real tree or to buy a good artificial one. At some point I need to do some Christmas shopping and make some things for the school Christmas fair.
Hope you are feeling some Christmas cheer! Have a lovely December.