This week I went through my eldest daughter’s wardrobe and found a Beavers outfit that had barely been worn. She has chosen lots of different clubs and extra-curricular activities over the years and we have bought lots of different uniforms and outfits for each of them.
I danced as a child (well until I was 16) and I squeezed my feet into pointe ballet shoes and despite my feet never really recovering from that kind of abuse, I really wanted my daughter to enjoy dancing as much as I did.
So I attempted to convince her that she loved ballet.
I bought all the outfits. The leotards, the leggings and let’s not mention the sequins.
I had her feet measured to make sure those feet were looked after.
Unfortunately for me …… she didn’t love ballet as much as I did.
Brownies / Beavers
Again, I loved being a Brownie as a child but once again, she wasn’t a fan of being a Brownie, opting for the “more adventurous” option of Beavers.
So I bought her the outfit. The modern Beaver doesn’t wear a neckerchief and woggle, opting more for cargo trousers and a polo t-shirt.
Thankfully I didn’t actually need specific shoes this time.
She went on camp but after doing it once, she decided she wasn’t a big fan and the Beavers uniform was relegated to the back of the wardrobe.
One of the things she did love about dancing was the acrobatics, so I relented when she asked to do gymnastics, especially when she could start WITHOUT me having to buy another outfit.
But guess what …… I bought the outfit.
But gymnastics don’t need shoes! (another win for me!)
But the very best activity is ……
….. playing with her little sister. Running through the fields by our house, feeding the horses and generally having fun. I do worry about their little feet though and this is definitely not the place for ballet shoes or bare feet. They frequently wear wellies as they run through the long grass but I recently saw that Tesco Direct do kids walking boots, which would protect their feet more so it maybe another shoe purchase on the cards.
Last time we had all the snow, I bought the girls salopettes and snow boots to wear but I think they have been used more at our local Snowdome than outside but at least they looked good and were safe whilst playing in the snow!
I wasn't sure how to finish this post but having just read it back to myself, I have realised that whilst I always ensure that my girls are wearing the right footwear for the activity they are doing, it seems to me that my favourite activity is shopping for the girls!
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