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Thursday Photo #140

The past week has been about getting back into a routine. Libby is tired from the new school term and they’ve both started back at some after school clubs as well.

The Swimming Lessons

On Saturday we spent the day on a staycation challenge. It was lovely to have a day out all together without venturing far from home. We had lunch and went to see the pantomime at our local theatre. We go every year and it’s great to watch something that we all enjoy – there really is something to keep everyone amused at a pantomime.

Sunday was all about swimming. We arrived for a family swim and Libby went to get changed with my husband. By the time Lia and I got onto poolside, they were already in the pool. Libby in her wisdom decided it would be hilarious to go under the water and pretend to Lia that she couldn’t swim. This frightened the living daylights out of Lia, who then didn’t want to get in the water and spent most of the swimming session crying.

After that it was time for Libby’s swimming lesson. She’s been having lessons for the past few months and has moved up quite quickly through the levels to level three. But when we tried to book her lessons in for this term, that group was full. Libby had a private lesson to see if she was ready to move up into level four. Which she wasn’t.

Level three is about getting to grips with the different strokes and learning to breathe bilaterally on front crawl. Libby has always had great water confidence and she has a great front crawl stroke and can swim a whole length. But she doesn’t understand how to turn her head to one side to breath and she hasn’t really done the other strokes.

So we’ve decided that she’ll have private lessons for a term. This was preferable to moving her somewhere else for lessons or having a term off. I’m also hoping that with some one-to-one tuition, she’ll manage to pick up bilateral breathing and master the other strokes. She certainly has the necessary determination to learn.

The other clubs

Libby has now started Art club at school, which will do her the world of good. Drawing isn’t her strong point and it wasn’t mine either. But luckily she’s a bit more determined than I ever was, so she’s happy to keep practising and I’m hoping that art club will help.

Lia has started having ballet lessons now, and the first one of the term was yesterday. Apparently it all went well and she loved it. She came home showing us everything that she’d done. Then today, she joined in with Libby’s rhythmic gym class for the first time. She is the youngest in there by a long way but she wanted to go.

Unfortunately within a few minutes, I could hear her crying. I went into the classroom and she came and sat with me for a while before going back to join in again. I’m not sure whether she’ll go back to rhythmic gym next week but I’m glad we she had the opportunity to give it a go. She’s spent a long time waiting for Libby in classes and clubs so I’m glad she knows she’s able to go along too if she wants to.

Our Thursday photo #140

Sometimes, I manage to take fabulous photos of the girls. Looking at the camera, smiling nicely and generally cooperating. This is not one of those times.

Our Thursday photo 140



  1. January 13, 2017 / 1:09 am

    Oh I know the pain of trying to get the kids all looking at the camera at the same time!
    The worst offenders are the smallest and the biggest!

    Sounds like a busy week.

  2. January 13, 2017 / 9:27 am

    What a cute photo! It sounds like Libby is doing brilliantly with her swimming. The breathing in front crawl is so hard! I’ve certainly never mastered it!

  3. January 13, 2017 / 2:50 pm

    Gorgeous photo of your two this week. It’s very frustrating when they are ready to go up to the next level and there is no space. This happened to my niece and they are doing the same as you this term. I’m sure they will benefit from it x

  4. January 15, 2017 / 9:31 pm

    I love this picture of your girls. I need to start Meme swimming again it’s such an important skill!xx

  5. January 16, 2017 / 8:02 am

    Swimming sounds like it’s going well for Lib but I do hope her little trick has put Lia off getting in the pool for too long.
    I don’t swim “properly” and wish I had been taught.
    Who wants posed photos anyway? Haha

  6. January 16, 2017 / 11:04 pm

    I love this photo of your girls – the way Lia is looking up at Libby and the cheeky expression on Libby’s face. Poor Lia getting frightened at the swimming pool though. Glad to hear she is enjoying ballet and hope Libby is enjoying Art Club 🙂

  7. January 17, 2017 / 11:44 am

    Lovely photo of them together 🙂
    We went back to swimming lessons too last week, I think my son struggles a bit with the concentrations after school. But I really want him to learn it’s so important.

  8. January 18, 2017 / 12:11 am

    I always love your Thursday Photos. Ive tried so many times to document each week but struggle as it doesnt seem much has changed but you manage to find it.

    Love that Libby is doing well with swimming still. Shame Lia didnt like the class but maybe she will next time.

  9. January 19, 2017 / 9:53 am

    You are good doing these posts of your week. It is a lovely memory to look back on. Sophia also did art club at school, she did it last term and absolutely loved it. They made some really fab things. After school clubs are so lovely for them. xx

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