Best friend brothers |July 2018 siblings project

July 16, 2018 at 9:14 pm 10 comments

best friend brothers -’ve had such a wonderful month of the most gorgeous weather.  It almost feels like we’ve had a summer holiday already as we approach the last week of the school term.  We’ve been making the most of our fortnightly allotment time and taken part in some wonderful activities in our home city of Gloucester.  I’ve not been brave enough to take my DLSR camera out with me on solo adventures into town with the boys so our pictures this month simply sum up the ordinary moments shared at home or on the allotment.  Luca is more easily containable that way as he’s definitely an athlete in the making with his fast little running legs and sense of adventure.
Best friend brothers in buckets -
Each year since Euan was born I’ve taken a boy in a bucket photo and last year with a 5 year old and 1 year old it became apparent that sharing a tub was no longer an option!  This year I used our Tesco reward vouchers to buy a little paddling pool and although it’s only 4 feet wide (our yard is not much wider) the boys have loved it.  I’ve appreciated the benefit of a small yard close to the kitchen when it comes to filling it and the boys spend hours in it because it’s easy to fill with buckets of warm water from the kitchen mixer tap.  I’ve even had a dip in it myself and pretended I was on a beach somewhere as I lay back with my knees up and out of the pool gazing up at the blue skies overhead.
Best friend brothers in the paddling pool - friend brothers in the paddling pool 1 - friend brothers in the paddling pool - friend brothers in the paddling pool -
Our allotment adventures this year are definitely more fun with two boys in tow (although everything takes twice the amount of time and patience with a wandering toddler).  It’s so lovely to see the boys working together on the plot, taking turns with the tools or to overhear Euan passing on gardening tips or gently cautioning Luca about what he can and can’t touch.  It’s been fab documenting our ‘gardening with kids’ growing journey and for the boys to be able to look back at my blog in years to come and remember their first season of growing together.
Best friend brothers at the allotment 1 - friend brothers at the allotment 2 - friend brothers at the allotment 3 - wouldn’t be an authentic summer siblings post without finishing off with another ice lolly snap would it. I could fill a whole blog post with a discussion about their favourite icey treats!
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  • 1. Carol  |  July 17, 2018 at 11:13 am

    In a few years they won’t fit in the pool – you could have them hold buckets instead of being in them. #keepingitreal

  • 2. RaisieBay  |  July 17, 2018 at 10:07 pm

    I love the bucket photos, how cute your boys are. It’s great that they are loving the allotment, if I was mobile I’d definitely get an allotment myself, I’m sure my kids would love it too. Paddling pools are a must in the hot weather we’ve been having.

  • 3. Little Ladies Big World  |  July 19, 2018 at 9:00 am

    Love the bucket photos, it is the smallest of things that can keep them entertained isn’t it? And i agree it does seem like we have had summer already, long may the suushine continue x

  • 4. trulymadlycuckoo  |  July 20, 2018 at 7:35 pm

    They are gorgeous photo’s. I miss my allotment, as my kids grew we found it more difficult to put enough time in, I thought it would get easier! Maybe I’ll sign up for another one day #triumphanttales

  • 5. debsrandomwritings  |  July 21, 2018 at 3:02 pm

    Hi Nic, when I first started blogging I couldn’t believe how many parents with young children managed to blog too (I don’t think I got dressed for the first five years I was so disorganised). But it’s a wonderful way of documenting their growth and you’ll be able to look back over your allotment adventures and have a giggle when they are older…I love the boys in buckets photo. It’s fun and one day they will just about be able to stand in them… It has crossed my mind to get a paddling pool, but with no children in the house, I’m going to look pretty daft wallowing in it on my own and imagine their embarrassment… I’m now thinking leverage?

    Thank you for joining in with #keepingitreal


  • 6. JakiJellz  |  July 22, 2018 at 5:45 pm

    I just love these photos. They are beautiful. I hope you have a wonderful Summer! Thanks so much for sharing with #TriumphantTales.

  • 7. Daydreamer mum  |  July 23, 2018 at 9:23 am

    Awwww such lovely pics. My boys have always been the best of friends and at 16 and 17 they still are which I love #triumphanttales

    • 8. Nip it in the bud  |  August 4, 2018 at 10:01 pm

      I love stories of siblings being best friends as sadly I see examples at the school gate where that is clearly not the case!

  • 9. The Queen of Collage  |  July 23, 2018 at 3:33 pm

    It’s great that you are teaching them about the benefits of growing their own food and I may have to add our ball pit balls to our paddling pool now I’ve seen your photos. #keepingitreal

    • 10. Nip it in the bud  |  August 4, 2018 at 10:01 pm

      It began with a handful of balls and using tongs to fish them out but then Euan decided to tip them all in! They played in it for hours.


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