siblings {may}


It seems appropriate to me some how that the majority of my photos of this brother-sister duo, are of the backs of their heads this month. They are always off adventuring together; making up a game... or more than likely making some mischief together. And while it often leaves poor old Mummy out in the cold, I wouldn't have it any other way.

The gift I wanted my children to have in a sibling was a companion. And I think around the time my daughter was born I used the words "I love that they will always have some to go out and explore the big wide world with". And that is exactly what they have in one another. There is nothing they would rather be doing that "explorering" together, and nothing makes me prouder than to witness it.


They are so alike in many ways; with their matching fair locks and big brown eyes. Their voices sound increasingly similar, and they share the same infectious laughter. They are so often mistaken for twins, and I can really see why. They are just so close, all the time. 

But in other ways they are so incredibly different; where one likes to bend the rules (her) the other likes to follow them to the letter (him), where one tends to be outgoing and friendly (him) the other is more reserved (her), and where one tends to be brave, the other will be more cautious (but they take it in turns on this one). 


Their differences set them apart from one another, define them as individuals, define the ways we treat them, and the way they will be as they grow. But at the same time their differences seem to compliment one another so well. And they learn so much from the other's strengths and weakness... seemingly without realising. She encourages him to push boundaries, take risks and find adventures, and he stops her from going too far and keeps her safe. 

Their personalities may be different, but they are shaping each other all the time. As parents we like to think that we are forming these little people into the grown ups that they will one day be, but lately I've been struck by how much credit these two will be able to take for the kind of adult that the other becomes. Because the beauty of the friendship they share, is that they are having a part in raising each other, and that couldn't make me prouder.


And so it's time for another month's Siblings...! It feels like I say it every month, but time is flying, and it's crazy to think that next month we'll be half way through the year's project.

This month I'm sending you to visit the lovely Carie at Space for the Butterflies, and her gorgeous little trio. It feels like that little set of siblings are changing before our very eyes at the moment, as little Pip (the youngest) starts to come into his own a bit more. It's adorable to see, and a little glimmer into my future too, which is exciting.


dear beautiful



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  1. I'm so cross with myself for missing last month!! I had the pictures all ready too. These bluebell shots are gorgeous Lucy and I love how kind and sweet they are towards each other. Thanks for hosting this lovely project xx

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    1. Ahh, well I'm glad we have you this month anyway. And thank-you, bluebell shots are like a little family tradition now, and we always have the loveliest time getting them. x

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  2. Such beautiful shots lovely- I love the one where they are both sat on their respective tree stumps. We haven't been to visit the bluebells this year, sadly although the nearest ones to us are only a few minutes drive away, it's about an hour walk into the wood to find them and it's just a bit long there and back for little legs- we made the mistake one year and by the end of it we had very sore arms from carrying them!
    I know what you mean about how the differences compliment one another, mine are the same, although if you asked me to tell you their differences I wouldn't know how to explain them! x

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    1. Ahh, we are lucky that these aren't too far off the road, and that the wood is basically always deserted because no one seems to know it's there. It feels like our own secret little woods.
      I think most sibling pairs seems to be so similar is some ways and polar opposites in others. And I think that keeps it interesting. Your girls are definitely really alike in certain ways, but then can be really different the next minute. x

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  3. OH TREMENDOUS CUTENESS. And is it me or is your daughter starting to look a little more like her brother, now that she's losing some of the 'baby' look? They are such a lovely pair, I can't wait to see two become three.

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    1. Definitely. They've been fairly alike ever since she was a toddler, but they seem to look more and more similar these days. You definitely know they're brother and sister anyway. x

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  4. Gorgeous photos of your little pair as always Lucy and I love the way they go "explorering" together and your description of how they help shape each other through their own personalities. Beautiful post and photos to match - I especially love the one of them sitting on tree trunks and the one where your beautiful boy is giving his little sister a kiss. Thank you for hosting :-)

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    1. Thank-you. I'm glad that some of my descriptions come across.... it feels hard to find the right words to describe their relationship at times. They really are thick as thieves, and I love watching it. x

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  5. Aaah such lovely photos - bluebell shots are always a winner aren't they? Exciting to think that this time next year you'll have another little person in the mix. #Siblings

    Caro | www.thetwinklediaries.co.uk

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    1. They are most definitely ALWAYS a winner for me. And I know.... I kept saying while we were in the woods; "There will be three of them when we do this next year!!!" So exciting. x

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  6. They are so cute together! What a lovely relationship they have x

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    1. Thank-you. They really do. I feel so lucky. x

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  7. Ah, it's often the backs of my kids heads that I see, too, as they're off adventuring :) Beautiful photos x

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    1. I love back of the head shots anyway... they seem to tell more of a story I think. x

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  8. Gorgeous post Lucy, They remind me so much of my little girls personalities. xx

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  9. Bluebells and little people make for the best kind of photographs! Lucy, these are just gorgeous x

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  10. Oh these photos are beautiful. They're so alike physically xx

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  11. I love the descriptions Lucy... My two would be exactly the same! Gorgeous, gorgeous photos amongst the bluebells... Just stunning! Added my link first thing this morning, and it has disappeared, so just added again. Very bizarre! Hope pregnancy is going well!

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  12. Gorgeous photos Lucy, they are both so sweet! It's amazing how close their relationship is and that they now look around the same age. xx

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  13. I love hearing how kind and caring they are. I wish mine were like that bless them!

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  14. Oh Lucy these are by far the best captures of siblings I have ever seen. Yes I say that to you each month but these beat them all. The love shines through and they are so fun together. I know I have witnessed it in person too so I know just how real their bond and love is but even if I didn't the photos show it all. The beautiful bluebells are so awesome and what a gorgeous location. I am constantly trying to find bluebells around here but there are so scattered about. Your words are so lovely they almost made me cry I think I am having empathy pregnancy hormones for you. lol Gorgeous post.

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  15. Aww they are such a gorgeous pair, always off to explore the world together. I can see why people mistake them for twins and it sounds like they are the perfect compliment to each other. And then when you add the bluebells into the mix .. well these photos are just gorgeous and I know from experience that you'll treasure the last pictures of them as a duo as you count down to adding baby flump to the mix :)

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  16. These are just lovely and I am with you on the reasons for having a sibling. I was an only child for 8 years and I was so so lonely. I was so glad when I knew I was having L as then G would have a companion. Must try and get to some bluebells this year, so beautiful! xx

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  17. These are some of my favourite photos of your two ever - you can really see their personalities shining through and how much they adore each other.

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  18. Oh Lucy, these photos are absolutely stunning! I bet that when they are older, they'll feel so grateful that you took such wonderful shots of them together. xx

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  19. Beautiful photos. I'm new to the project *waves hello* but I only gained my set of siblings last month, this is a wonderful linky x

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  20. Love the photos of them on the tree stumps and the bluebells are so beautiful :) xx

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  21. Wonderful pictures of your little twosome, Lucy. They always look so 'thick as thieves' in your Siblings posts. Love love love the images of them walking off together - they look deep in conversation and those shots really symbolise the two of them walking together as they go off into their futures. I think the shot of BB kissing his little sister is just adorable. xx

    Kelly @ Two Boy Mummy
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  22. They sound so much like my two, one so inquisitive with his words, the other inquisitive with his feet and they bring out the best in each other. I am waiting to see how Finn fits in and I can't wait to see how your new one slots in.

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  23. These photos are just beautiful, what precious moments to capture. They look so close and you can tell they adore each other x

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  24. These pictures are just beautiful, I love how everyone is capturing bluebell photos this month. They're just stunning. Gorgeous Lucy xxx #siblings

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  25. What stunning shots lovely, but they always are, how exciting as next May there shall be 3 little people xx

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  26. Such beautiful photos! We are yet to find any bluebells close to where we live, would love to get some family photos in the woods like these :)

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  27. I love your photos and I can't believe that I forgot it's bluebell season. We visited the woods last year but Ethan's birthday celebrations have taken over my mind. It sounds like they compliment each other perfectly and have a lovely relationship x

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  28. They look adorable and tiny amongst the bluebells!

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  29. Love the photo's with the Bluebells. It looks like they have an amazing relationship x

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  30. Yes, friendship - that's the ultimate goal for siblings, I think. I really hope and pray that my girls will be good friends forever.

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  31. Gorgeous photos of your two and they have such a close sibling relationship. It's lovely to see! I really love the Bluebells at this time of year, they look amazing! :) x

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  32. Love the bluebells shots! I have some but they are still on my DSLR! Maybe one day I'll have time to get them off and edit them! Thanks for hosting - I actually managed to link up in time this month (just!) x

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  33. Stunning pics against a lovely backdrop of bluebells! Sorry missed the linky this month but squuezed in a last minute siblings post on our blog: http://thebeesleybuzz.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/siblings-may-2015.html

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