Living Arrows 2019 – 2/52

We survived the first week back at school after the complete break from normality that was the Christmas holidays.

There may have been a bit of complaining in the mornings about having to get up and go to school, but for the most part the children settled back into the routine really well.

They did seem tired though by the end of the week, so on Saturday we had a quiet day at home. Well, Rhys and Nerys had a quiet, peaceful day, while Steve and I went on a bit of a clear-out mission in their bedroom.

We’ve got a huge pile of things ready to be passed on to friends or the charity shop and their room feels so much better, with room to actually move and play.

On Sunday we were back at swimming lessons, then took the scenic route home through Singleton park and the uni campus. We wandered round a little garden area on campus that, despite going to the uni and living in Swansea for 18 years, I had never been to before.

It was a really lovely little spot to stop and take some photos for this week’s post.

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I think we walked for a good hour and half, including a stop at the shop for bread, before we made it back home.  And apart from a few whinges now and then about just wanting to be home already the children did really well!

Especially considering they’d both put a lot of energy into their swimming lessons before the walk.

Nerys only started lessons in September and she moved up 2 groups yesterday which she was so excited about.  She has been so bold and brave with her swimming, and so determined to do well with it.  

It took Rhys quite a bit longer to get to grips with it all when he started, mainly because he was so full of energy he couldn’t seem to stay still long enough to listen and learn.

He is doing so well with it now though, and looks so comfortable in the water.  I’m not sure at what point we’ll stop his lessons; I suppose when he tells us that he’s not enjoying them any more.

Would you stop swimming lessons once your child is able to swim, or keep going with them to keep working on technique and improving their skills?


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  1. 14/01/2019 / 10:57 am

    Swimming is something I want to do with BB this year — I couldn’t imagine taking him when he was under one, but now he seems a little more robust. 🤣 xTx #livingarrows

    • This glorious life
      16/01/2019 / 1:45 pm

      I don’t think I took either of mine when they were tiny either! I did take them as toddlers though and they always loved it! x

  2. 14/01/2019 / 10:49 pm

    My eldest has stopped swimming at 10 years old but only because it clashed with guides when she moved up otherwise I would still like her to go. Not to develop her swimming skills as I think she has gone as far as she can go, and she can get herself out of trouble if needed – but to keep exercising.

    • This glorious life
      16/01/2019 / 1:44 pm

      That is a good point, I do like that they both get that extra bit of physical activity each week with the swimming lessons. x

  3. 15/01/2019 / 10:23 pm

    I love their hoods! We had a quiet weekend at home too – the boys definitely needed it after a week back at school. We’ve talked about when to stop swimming lessons (although we’re nowhere near that point yet!) – I think unless they showed a particular aptitude for swimming then lessons aren’t really necessary once they can swim confidently. I think I stopped when I was about 8 – I was going to a lot of dancing classes by that point and swimming was an extra thing to fit in that we didn’t really have time for. We always swam a lot on holiday in the summer though but I can’t remember going swimming at any other times really. I guess like most things it just depends on the child, if he’s still enjoying it then it’s probably worth keeping it up.

    • This glorious life
      16/01/2019 / 1:42 pm

      It really does depend on the child doesn’t it. I think we will stick with the lessons as long as he’s enjoying it and still getting something from it each week. x

  4. 16/01/2019 / 6:54 am

    What great photos, love their furry hoods. So glad that they have settled back into the school routine well. If they are still enjoying the lessons I would keep going with it or at least go together as s family regularly so they can continue to develop their skills.

    • This glorious life
      16/01/2019 / 1:33 pm

      Thank you! I think that’s the way we’ll play it, keep up with the lessons as long as they’re enjoying them and getting something out of them. We went swimming as a family a lot last summer and all really enjoyed it so I think it’s a skill they’ll keep using/improving whatever we choose to do. x

  5. 16/01/2019 / 8:27 pm

    I know someone who would suggest if you don’t practice you lose the ability to do certain things. I’d suggest going along with the kids desire to do swimming until they decided they no longer wished to do it. #livingarrows

  6. 17/01/2019 / 1:24 pm

    Oh I love their hoods – they are just gorgeous!! We survived the first week too but boy was it long! I’m hoping in a few weeks it will get easier x

  7. 17/01/2019 / 8:56 pm

    I love having a good clear out! I need to go through all of our clothes again, as we still have too many! #LivingArrows

  8. 18/01/2019 / 9:33 am

    I love these photos! My girls were tired after that first week, especially Holly. The weeks have felt long x

  9. 19/01/2019 / 3:53 pm

    I’ve really struggled with getting back into the routine let alone the kids!! I’m not sure re swimming as we stopped Monkeys classes and he’s gone backwards. Even though he can still swim he’s nowhere near as good as he use to be. So I’m wishing we had left him in x

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