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You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth

Kahlil Gibran

This week has been all about mastering a new skill for BattleKid. BattleDad took his stabilisers off his bike last weekend while I was away and with less than an hour’s practice he is cycling unaided! He can get himself going and is still using his feet as brakes but I can’t believe how quickly he has gotten it. Seems the balance bike is paying dividends now.

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You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth

Kahlil Gibran

As my regular readers will know BattleKid has been enjoying afternoon swims in the pool. He’s been getting more confident going under the water too as I shared last week. However one day last week we were just a little too late to head down for a swim and he wasn’t happy. So, what’s the next best thing to visiting the pool to a 3 year old? Turning on the sprinklers in the garden of course!

He has taken to calling it “do the rain” and he had the best fun running through the sprinklers, getting soaked and trying to coax BattleDog in, who was having none of it! I shared a video on my Facebook page which highlights his delight but here are some pictures I managed to take before we turned them off.

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You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth

Kahlil Gibran

Last week BattleDad was in Paris again for work, so in between getting things ready at our new home, we spent most afternoons in the pool as temperatures reached 30 degrees most days. BattleKid has no fear at all and enjoys going under the water, all thanks to his WaterBabies lessons.

We’ve yet to try out the pool on our site but if it’s anything like my parents, I can see us spending alot of time over the summer in it.

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23/52 My Sunday Photo: 04/06/2017

We’ve been staying with my parents while we wait for our new place to be finished and ready to move into. This week we’ve noticed a family of birds on the wire fencing. I’ve been told they are red crowned sparrows, please correct me if that’s wrong. The Mum and Dad birds have been flying about catching food and feeding the chicks which have been perched on the fence.

My Dad said I should be out photographing them and reluctantly I took out the big camera and stuck on my 100mm lens, the biggest I currently have with me. I eventually managed to get this shot and had to bow down to my Dad and admit he was right. I’ve zoomed into the picture, hence it looks a bit grainy.

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Below is what it looks like without zooming in. I did patiently wait one evening to see if I could get another shot with the chick facing me, but alas a certain 3 year old preschooler put paid to that! Still, not bad hey?

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You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth

Kahlil Gibran

Last week we had quite a bit of sorting out to do to get our new home ready for the movers who were arriving from the UK with our stuff last Friday. However, after gaining access on Wednesday and cleaning the new place, we took a break on Thursday and headed to Ayamonte in Spain with my parents.

To get there from Portugal, the easiest and quickest way is to drive to Vila Real de Santo Antonio and get the ferry across the river, which takes 15 minutes. You don’t need your passports nor do you come across any border controls, unlike the land border.

During the trip over BattleKid seemed to enjoy himself and even tasted the air as we crossed a time zone from Portugal into Spain. He’s a crazy child sometimes!

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