Saturday, 20 April 2019

My Children // Spring 2019


I have so many photos from recent events that I wanted somewhere to share them. I said previously that I have been getting a lot of work on Instagram and my focus has been over there which has meant the writing side which I love had just slipped by the wayside. I also recognise that often now, as the kids are busy with school and clubs that they just don't feature so much on here and I want to change that and share how our family life is going. They are growing up and having been part of quite a few things over the last month I thought I would share a little photo diary of what we have been up to.



The kids took part in the annual RUN FOR ALL: MINI RUN, a local children's fun race which coincides with the adults' 10K which happens every spring. This whole weekend is focused around running and the top end of Lincoln is closed. We had a great time with friends and family on the Saturday at the kids races and then on the Sunday stood 200m from the finish line and cheered everyone on. Raph was set to get as many high fives from runners that he could!





On Mother's day Raph learned to skate board. I had no idea he was even interested but when we went out for a walk at my mum's he grabbed a board out of the shed and that was it. I am sure the daily scoot to school made this easier for him.









For world book day the kids dressed up as The Mouse King and Clara from The Nutcracker. I have a beautiful version of the original story which Etta "reads" all the time and so that was the theme this year. I love that we can do something together and since Etta went to school have tried to pick a team look. They both really enjoyed this year's outfits!












Last month we spent a bit of time at RAND FARM PARK, a local attraction where we were invited to go after hours to take some pictures with the animals for them to use in promotional work. It was a lovely evening and as the sun set we fed lambs and held chicks!




The kids had their first ever dance exams in March. I was so nervous about them, had real parental anxiety and even nightmares three nights in a row. I think the main reason was because I simply had no idea what to do or expect as it was our first time. I got the results through just two days ago but I am going to keep that information for another post!








Tennis continues for both the kids. We love it and I am just trying to instil a love for sporting activities in the kids. I think it is so important for your physical health but also your mental health. Understanding and being happy with exercise when you're a teenager (I am hoping) will reduce a want to spend time on games and devices. (Again, I am just hoping this will be the case).



Swimming is equally a big thing. I don't want our kids to just be able to swim, I want them to be strong swimmers. This isn't to be competitive this is for them to understand and respect water and feel confident when in it. The younger they start that, the stronger they will become. It makes water holidays that bit easier too, and we can all enjoy swimming together.
This holiday they have had a go at their first long distance swim. They do it within their stages at lessons but there isn't a big focus on that, it's more technique based so each holiday they have a special session where you can just book them in with a teacher who then gets them some distance awards. Let's just say it was a success and Rob is a bit poorer after promising them £££s per length!!



Etta can now ride her bike. She has been on the cusp of wanting to for ages. How did we do it? Well the stabilisers came off and we went on a mile ride to town. It was a very slow ride and she spent the whole time just balancing and pushing herself along but after spending nearly two hours on it and managing a few rounds of pedals we stopped and left it two days before we did the same thing again. On the way home (and down hill) she got it. We made sure to cycle a bit more over the next few days (just locally) but it seems to have had a huge impact on her cycling ability. She is much more nervous than Raph was, still spreading her legs a lot but she will become more confident the more we do.

Life in general with these two is always busy but we have a great time. We keep life simple in all areas and at the moment all these activities just fit in with life in general; for now anyway which is important as we really believe if something is hard we are doing it wrong! This works and feels right and I am really just looking forward to it being warm and light and the time spent outside just increases!


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