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Thursday photo #165

We always tend to be busy doing fun things. Things that the girls want to do. Sport, days out, music and a plethora of other things. But sometimes we end up so busy that it stops being enjoyable, for me at least.

Too much of a good thing

We spent Saturday at a lovely little local music festival called WestFest. It is set near to our favourite park in a beautiful location. They had a bouncy castle and bouncy slide as well as the music tents, bar and market stalls. The girls had a brilliant time and even the dogs were able to come along. But whilst I enjoyed it, I was constantly feeling like I should be somewhere else.

Sunday was even busier with a ballet exam for Lia, followed by a swimming lesson, a birthday party and a school fayre. I’ve ended up fitting in work whenever I could – mostly in the evenings. This means I don’t get as much exercise or sleep as I’d like, which makes me grumpy. I often get to the end of the day and wish I hadn’t snapped at the girls or I’d spent more time with them. July is a fun month, but I’m already looking forward to getting back to normal.

A big decision

When Libby was tiny, she used to do ballet. In fact, I think she was only about 13 months when she started. We’d go together and the parents would join in too so that the children could have one-to-one help. Libby loved it, but the class eventually got moved to a morning we couldn’t make. By then Lia was joining in as well and both girls stopped when the day changed.

Libby was already going to her stage performance class at that point. She decided to continue with that and start up rhythmic gymnastics instead of progressing to the next ballet class. Fast forward a couple of years and Lia started ballet just after Christmas. Lia loves ballet more than anything else. She talks about it all the time and prances around the room showing us what she has learnt.

And this has rubbed off on Libby. So this week, she had a big decision to make. She went to a ballet class to decide whether she’d like to do that instead of rhythmic gym next term. Libby loved the ballet class and has decided that’s what she wants to do. She knows that she can change back to rhythmic gym at a later date if she decides ballet isn’t for her.

So it may be only a minor thing, but I love the fact that it’s a decision she has made herself. Perhaps for the first time ever, she is making a decision that will impact her future, albeit in a small way. How lovely to have reached an age where she can make these decisions herself rather than me beating myself up over them.

Our Thursday photo #165

Unusually for me, I can’t pick a favourite photo this week. I took both of these within a couple of minutes of each other at WestFest on Saturday. The girls look so happy in each other’s company in both photos that I had to post them both.



  1. July 6, 2017 / 8:05 am

    It’s great that you encourage decision making. Too easy to make decisions for them. Ollie’s stuck on his final badge at gymnastics and has decided he doesn’t want to go any more, but I’ve said he has to for another few weeks at least as when he’s there he enjoys himself (certainly better than sweating away in the hot noisy waiting room with me while Toby is in class). Hopefully he’ll get back in the groove

    • July 10, 2017 / 10:45 pm

      I don’t blame you Maz. Lia didn’t like rhythmic gym, we persevered until the end of the half term we’d paid for but she wasn’t having any of it!

  2. July 6, 2017 / 9:53 am

    We have had this decision making dilemma too recently, between theatre school or karate. Like you say it’s great when they’re old enough to talk it through and decide for themselves, I feel so much better about it!

    • July 10, 2017 / 10:43 pm

      Oh gosh, those are very different activities! I’d actually love my girls to do karate one day. Not just yet though thankfully!

  3. July 6, 2017 / 10:05 am

    Gorgeous photos! They really do look very happy. Well done to Libby for taking the decision to do ballet. We have offered my daughter the chance to do drama if she gives up a couple of dance classes, but it’s too big a decision and it stresses her out!
    I know what you mean about busy doing fun stuff. That’s been us for the past couple of weeks and it’s actually quite tiring! X

    • July 10, 2017 / 10:43 pm

      Ahh bless her, I think it’s harder for children to make decisions as they get older. I bet your daughter would be great at drama.

  4. July 6, 2017 / 10:07 am

    My girls are at this stage, they want to do so much all the time. Meme loving dancing but now she has the decision of what kind to do. There are four options and she can choose two. I love that she is old enough to decide what she wants to do. X

    • July 10, 2017 / 10:41 pm

      It’s great when the decision isn’t on your shoulders isn’t it?

  5. July 6, 2017 / 1:13 pm

    I always feels slightly overwhelmed at the end of term, even more so at the end of a school year. A few years ago I vowed not to book a holiday as soon as the kids break up but this year we have and I’m feeling stressed! I totally understand where you’re coming from. Great to encourage children to make choices of their very own. Your girls look so cute in these pics

    • July 10, 2017 / 10:41 pm

      Thank you, I hope you manage to have a relaxing break!

  6. July 8, 2017 / 7:26 am

    Well done for encouraging Libby to make her own choices, it’s great when they can decide for themselves. The West Festival looks great, the girls look so happy too, beautiful photos!

    • July 10, 2017 / 10:40 pm

      Thank you, it’s a relief to be honest!

  7. July 9, 2017 / 11:51 am

    Some gorgeous photos here and ours lovely for them to make decisions at such a young age

  8. July 10, 2017 / 7:19 am

    I think it’s a bigger decision than you think for a small person. Deciding to leave your friends and your comfort zone is quite a big thing (at any age). Also, understanding that she can’t just swap about and that once she changes she can’t go back.
    Go Libby

    • July 10, 2017 / 10:36 pm

      Yes you’re right, she seems quite a strong person when it comes to decisions. Which is good because you know how I feel about dithering!

  9. Bec Webb
    July 10, 2017 / 9:00 am

    What a great time, to be starting to make your own decisions about your life. So much can be learnt from that.
    Looks like they had a ball at the festival!

    • July 10, 2017 / 10:35 pm

      Oh they really did, it was so much fun!

  10. July 10, 2017 / 11:13 am

    Looks fun with the busy though. It is good that she has come to the decision herself. I am looking forward to the quietness of the summer holidays myself.

    • July 10, 2017 / 10:33 pm

      Definitely fun but tiring too!

  11. July 10, 2017 / 12:51 pm

    Oh those are lovely photos of your girls having fun together. Hope Libby enjoys going back to ballet and is happy with her decision. It does make you realise how quickly they are growing up when they are able to make these kinds of decisions themselves, doesn’t it? x

  12. July 10, 2017 / 7:58 pm

    Well done Libby for doing that! It might be minor in some ways but it’s the start of a confident decision making future where they can have a clear mind of what to do.
    Love how playful and happy they are in the photos.

    Also, Bubbles looks cute and quite happy at the top. Does she get her fashion sense from you?

    • July 10, 2017 / 10:30 pm

      Na, Bubbles will never have that much class.

  13. July 10, 2017 / 10:28 pm

    I love these photos, that last one is so lovely and they look really grown up. What a wonderful place to be where they understand and can reach these decisions all on their own x

  14. July 12, 2017 / 6:53 pm

    Hi Nat, it’s crazy trying to juggle family and work, especially when you work from home. It’s great that you are letting Libby make up her own mind about whether she wants to do ballet, it’s not an easy lesson to learn. I love all three of your photos, your girls look well happy and Bubbles looks like she is not amused!


    • July 12, 2017 / 10:26 pm

      Thank you Debbie, you’re probably right, I don’t think it was Bubbles’s finest hour!

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