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the dubai debrief

We've been home from our holiday in Dubai for over a month now, and I feel like it's taken me that long to come down from the holiday high and be able to put the whole thing down in words. It was just such an adventure for us, and such a fantastic experience, that I'm conscious of wanting to do the whole thing justice.

the sibling project {may}

One of the first things I fantasised about when I first found out I was pregnant the second time around, was that moment way-way-way-ahead in my future, when I would stand back, and watch Dylan and his younger sibling walked off together hand-in-hand. They'd be ready to explore and take on whatever the world threw their way, with their sibling at their side. And the fantasy came back thick and strong when I was pregnant for the third time; having watched Dylan and Everly forge such a special friendship, and love every opportunity to adventure together, I couldn't wait to see them both showing their younger sibling the things they knew.

While there are undoubtedly a few downsides to being a third baby (being dragged all over the place regardless of how you feel about it, having no toys to call your own, and the constant attentions of well-meaning siblings being just a few) I think what Quinn has in her big brother and sister, far outweighs any negatives. They love her so fiercely. They are desperate to teach her things; new skills and new words that bring her one step closer to being an equal playmate. They simply love showing her their world. And they scream blue murder if they think there is any possibility she might get herself into mischief (although I'm not sure that she'd always see that as a bonus!!!)

the me and mine project {april}

Rich is loving
* Atlantis Aquaventure water park.
* playing the new Nintendo Switch.
* a day of beach hut fun.
* Quinny's obsession with Peppa Pig.
* having a Shake Shack Shackmeister.

Lucy is loving
* our amazing trip to Dubai.
* sliders from Salt on Kite Beach.
* decorating Dylan and Quinn's bedrooms.
* candles from Bath and Body Works.
* our first beach hut day of the season.

Dylan is loving
* going to tennis coaching.
* riding the rapids at Atlantis.
* seeing and going up the Burj Khalifa.
* being Star Player at football. 
* doing a special show and tell slideshow about Dubai at school.

Everly is loving
* floating in a donut rubber ring. 
* a day on Kite Beach.
* playing with the sand and water table in the garden.
* chocolate ice cream.
* wearing summer dresses.

Quinn is loving
* Peppa Pig.
* playing in her bedroom.
* singing along to Ed Sheeran's Galway Girl.
* playing in the sand at the beach.
* her first holiday.

the siblings project {april}

April so far has been ALL about sibling time. Between our holiday to Dubai (oh yes, we went to Dubai for those who don't follow on Instagram) and then a second half of the Easter holiday spent stuck at home in chicken pox confinement, these three have been thoroughly in one another's pockets. And I am pleased to report that on the most part, it's been lovely. I always feel like my kids pull closer together when they are off adventuring, as they discover new things together; and that was certainly the case on holiday. They seem to connect some how, and want to share the experiences they have with each other. There have been moments of course; jet lag and hot temperatures and then being stuck at home with spots can stretch even the coolest temperaments a little thin at times. But I think that when we are back to the normality of school next week they will all miss each other a lot.

Dylan and Everly remain as close as ever. They'd do everything together if they could. And being away on holiday has given them so much opportunity to indulge in just that. They absolutely loved sharing a room in our hotel, and getting to go back to their bedtime and morning chats together which they've missed so much since we moved (which meant we were back to square one with them missing each other at bedtime once we got home). But I'll never be anything but happy to hear how they miss each other each evening. Plus school holidays have meant later bedtimes, and longer times to sit and chat together before I send them to their own beds for lights out. I'm sure that little bit of time snuggled in a bed together reading books and chatting away is their favourite time of day. Which I will be sure to remind them of when they are teenagers and can hardly bear to be in the same room.

Everly and Quinn's relationship is so fun to watch. They seem to be drawn to one another as they play, but they also seem to really irritate each other too. It kind of feels like a whole new thing for me, because Dylan and Everly has always got along so well. But both these girls will already do things simply because they know it annoys the other, and they can both get a little feisty when they are together, in a way that neither ever does with Dylan. Something tells me that these two will have something of a love-hate relationship as they grow. They love to be together, and are so similar, but also so very different, and so good at pushing the other's buttons. I'm guessing that's maybe just part of the sisters dynamic... but having grown up with a brother, this whole sisters thing is all new to me.

Dylan and Quinn... well... it's simply a love thing. He dotes. She idolises. It's funny, before she was born I wasn't convinced that these two would have that much of a bond, with their larger age gap and the fact he's off at school so much. But I was wrong. Dylan is the one who instigates bringing Quinn into the games he's playing with Everly. And he is so fiercely protective of her when she's upset, and so proud of her when she does something new. In turn she simply looks at him with gooey eyes like he's the best thing since sliced bread.

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