Siblings! #whatsthestory #magicmoments

It's not a great photo - I apologise. It was taken by my eldest daughter who I suspect was laughing hard at the time. It shows her 5-year-old brother ( known here as Grumpy) who has been - shall we say "decorated" by one of his older brothers.

DD#1 sent me the picture while I was still in Cyprus. DS#2 has a great relationship with Grumpy and spends hours and pounds making him a happy chappy. Grumpy loves nothing better than a sleepover with his "bro" as he calls him and they play computer games, watch Adventure Time and eat and drink wholly unsuitable and unhealthy food. All good fun.

So it made me laugh when I saw this picture of Grumpy with his green highlighter moustache and goatee because I knew it would have been done with his full co-operation. My friend Tracy who came round to help at bath time was less happy as she had the job of scrubbing it off. She managed it despite his protests that his teacher wouldn't mind his facial art!

I'm lucky. My 7 children on the whole  get on very well. Of course there are rows and occasionally mild fisticuffs, but mainly they are a tolerant friendly bunch who seem to appreciate having permanent playmates living with them in frankly cramped surroundings.

This picture for me sums up life in our house. Fun, a bit odd, and quite quite mad.


  1. I love it!!!!! This takes me back - I woudl often try and convince my little bruv to let me do stuff like this to him!!! Made me giggle when reading this and what a great photo to recieve when on holiday - fab post #whatsthestory

  2. The relationship between brothers is so special. They can either be best of friends or teasing and torturing each other! :) #magicmoments

    1. Luckily most of the time they are best buddies. They even have their own song!

  3. Love it, and the relationship behind it. It's my biggest regret that monkey will never know that feeling #magicmoments

  4. My kids do that to each other when they are asleep!

  5. Def the kind of thing my kids would get up too x

  6. Hilarious ... until bath time! I'll bet it was an effort to get it all washed off - poor little man.

  7. *giggles* awwww he looks cute. Love it!

  8. Awww I miss my cousins. I only have 1 sister but being close to my relatives it doesnt feel like its just us. Always so many epople to bug & play with. I awfully awfully miss them after reading your entry =) #WhatsTheStory

  9. That's brilliant Afra! Love the expression too. Great story, it's nice they all get on so well. Thanks for sharing with #whatsthestory

  10. haha my kids are like that! My youngest will fully co-operate with anything his big sister says! Even if it means him being dressed as a ballerina! #whatsthestory

  11. this so made me laugh!! i love it Afra!


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