It never occurred to me that anyone might think these three little people above were my children. I mean, my children! As much as I love children, and hopefully one day will have a child/children, these little people are my siblings! So I thought I'd better introduce them properly..!
Phoebe and Phoenix are twins, and they are 9. Indigo has just turned 4, and she's the youngest of my siblings. There are 8 of us siblings altogether - as reflected in Indigo's middle name - Octavia - which means 8th. You might think, wow, what an absolutely HUGE family! And I suppose we are a big family, but it never seemed odd when I was growing up, and doesn't to me now. I always thought as I grew up, and now, that if any single one of us is missing, it is really noticeable. We all get along nicely together (most of the time!). And ever since our dad passed away, we have been closer as a family all round. You have to stick together through these things.
Maybe another day, I will introduce you to my other siblings, but for now I will tell you about Phoebe, Phoenix and Indigo. The twins looked pretty much identical when they were babies, people used to think they were. My mum grew Phoenix's hair the same as Phoebe's, so people could be forgiven for thinking this. Except for the fact that one baby was in blue, and one in pink. Who would do that to two girl twins?? The twins are pretty similar in things they enjoy, they are both very good at saving up their money, and they are both currently completely obsessed with Moshi Monsters (kind of like their version of Pokemon?). Phoebe is very popular with the boys, and received Christmas presents from her admirers. I don't think Phoenix is too happy about this, as it meant Phoebe received presents from his friends, rather than him! They spent their school years so far in the same class, and this was the first year they were separated. I think it's helped them both become more individual, and not rely on each other being there so much. They are lovely, Phoenix is more outgoing than Phoebe, but Phoebe certainly stands up for herself when needed.
Indigo looks like butter wouldn't melt most of the time, but she can have almighty tantrums when she feels like it! It's not often she doesn't get her own way..! She says the funniest things sometimes, and you can't help but laugh at her even when she's trying to be cross at you. Indigo was born when my dad was already ill, and my dad passed away when she was just 5 months old. It was very tough, but I know we will all make sure Indigo knows everything she could want or need to know about our dad. She is a lot of fun, and she loves drawing and painting and making things. She makes this funny expression where she raises her eyebrows up and down continuously, and if you start doing the same back it turns into a competition of wills! Indigo is at playgroup at the moment, and her best friend is Isobel, but she will go to big school in September. Yesterday when my mum & I collected her, she presented me with the Chinese dragon she'd made below.
I love spending time with all of my siblings, and I miss them very much when I'm not in the Midlands!