Our Thursday Photo #63

Strangely, the summer holidays have almost as much impact on pre-school age children as on those who are at school.

My girls have their little routine that involves going to clubs each morning and none of the clubs happen in the holidays.

This has meant that I’ve been looking for other things to do, and they were surprisingly easy to find.

I’m not one for staying in the house all day with the girls. It’s as much for my sanity as theirs, there’s nothing worse than bored children.

As a result, this week has been full of fun mornings out.

It all started on Saturday, which was a bit of an odd day really. We spent the morning at Drayton Manor, having been invited to their Ambassador’s day.

I will be writing more about that over the next few days, but suffice to say it was an amazing day as usual.

After that, we headed home and got ready to go to a fabulous wedding reception. It was a beautiful day, there was a folk band playing and it couldn’t have been more perfect.

Libby loved the music and took part in the Ceilidh dancing. But in direct contravention of all the rules of three year old behaviour, she absolutely wouldn’t dance with me or her dad.

Instead, she danced with random people, joining in as well as her obvious height disadvantage would allow.

We were very grateful to them for allowing her to get involved.

Lia on the other hand, loved the outdoor area. We spent a considerable amount of time sitting on the nicely mown grass enjoying the evening sunshine.

In fact, Lia enjoyed it so much that she decided this was the ideal time to start walking unaided.

She spent most of the evening strolling around from one person to another and generally having a little potter around on the grass.

We then took her home, got her out of the car and it seems her walking days are now over. She has refused to do it since.

Libby has been asking when the bride is going to have another wedding so that Lia can walk again.

Since then, we’ve been swimming, to two National Trust properties and picked raspberries and played in the park at our favourite local farm shop.

Tomorrow and Sunday, we’ll be off to two different little festivals that are on locally.

This week has made me realise that I could be doing a lot more with the girls instead of sticking to their routine every day, even when it’s not school holidays.

After all, this is the last year I will have with Libby before she goes to school so I intend to make the most of it.

Our Thursday photo #63 was taken today at the farm shop park. I love the way Libby looks after her sister, they’re such good friends.


9 thoughts on “Our Thursday Photo #63

  1. Martyn

    Lovely photo! I love how siblings look after each other like that. Sounds like a great and exciting week l. Especially with walking unaided! Yay! I think the point you make about doing more with them is fab! It’s one of the joys of hone schooling knowing that I get to share and great these activities that aren’t necessarily based around standard routine. There’s always so much to do with little ones.
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  2. Natalie / UEM

    This is so cute! Hilarious that Lia only walked that one day with all those people around. Clearly likes an audience 😉 and cute about Libby asking for another wedding so Lia would walk.

    We don’t do much, I don’t drive and refuse to take Oliver for a walk around the shops. At the moment he tolerates it well because its a novelty. I’m looking forward to being able to take him on days out like you mention above. I’m conscious of how much time we have left before he goes to nursery/school too!

    1. monsteridNatalie Ray Post author

      Yes, maybe it is the audience thing, perhaps she’ll do it again if I take her somewhere with lots of people! I do enjoy our days out, I struggle with the amount of work and the lack of sleep that I have and do find myself getting annoyed with the children for no good reason if we’re stuck in the house. I’m definitely saving us all from my bad temper by getting out and about.x

  3. Jenny @ The Brick Castle

    The Summer holidays affect everyone – the roads are different, the parksare different, town is different, and I imagine if you live in a tourist town it’s completely different! I always looked for special things happening in the holidays for my pre-schoolers – sometimes there is really nice stuff happening in unusual places 🙂
    The girls look so sweet sitting together 🙂
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    1. monsteridNatalie Ray Post author

      Thank you. Yes, you’re right it does change things for us all, I don’t think I’d realised how different things were until having children.x

  4. Training Mummy

    Awww bless, maybe she was tired out from walking so much? M took until 16 months to walk and now you can’t stop her, having said that when she is outdoors she tends to want to walk more than when indoors (or at least this used to be the case).

    1. monsteridNatalie Ray Post author

      Maybe, she hasn’t done it since. I think it’s just a confidence thing really. Reassuring that your little one has taken a while too but is now unstoppable, hopefully Lia will be on the move soon 🙂


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