It may not be immediately obvious from this photo, but this is from Jake & Ellie’s first horse-riding session!
We have been taking them to dance (ballet & tap), gym & music classes. They went over the age limit for Monkey Music, they seemed a bit bored with the gym classes as they didn’t seem challenging enough, & although Ellie enjoyed the dancing Jake seemed less keen.
So when they turned 5 we decided that they were old enough to decide what they wanted to do, rather than what we thought they should do.
Jake chose Tae-Kwon-Do! I’m not sure how we found out about it, but there’s a great session at our local YMCA, & they’re both loving it. (There’s a funny story about that: ask me later…)
Ellie was mad to do horse-riding. So we did.
It was great! Sadly my ‘phone’s battery ran out just before they got on their horses, so I couldn’t get any more photos.
It took a long time to get going, which is OK as you’re dealing with animals & you have to get the health & safety right. Then they all lined up in the field on their magnificent ponies, our 2 first-timers especially looking very pleased with themselves.
We thought they’d just plod around the field, but they took to the streets! They all rode around country lanes for nearly an hour, & even broke into a trot!
Jake & Ellie both loved it; they were so happy when they came back!
We’re definitely planning to it again; the main problem of course is that it’s not cheap. Great fun though 🙂
It was during the recent trauma – and closeness – of our vigil with Ellie during her week in hospital with ‘the pox’.
She slept a lot of the time, day & night, due to her illness & the medication she was taking. She’d just recently awoken, & we were doing ordinary things, like watching children’s TV or videos, & chatting.
We got to talking about our being in hospital when she & Jake were born, when out of the blue she said:
“Doctors make babies, don’t they?”
It was a difficult time, for all of us, when Ellie was so sick & in hospital with her nasty infected chickenpox.
The Mummy was talking to her about it, saying “It was really hard seeing you so sick in hospital, Ellie”
She straight-away replied: “But Mummy, remember the fun we had in the playroom there”.
Such wisdom from a 4-year-old!
We can definitely learn a lot from even very young children 🙂
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