Jul 22, 2011

Swimming through summer

We have reached the point of summer where most of the calendared adventures we have been looking forward to are finished.  Running camp, Mom camp, baseball, grandparent vacation, and now swimming lessons are a thing of the past.  Although we still have three weeks (from Monday) until school starts, I am looking forward to a little lull in our schedule.

I didn't think it would be so tough to make it to 8:00 a.m. swimming lessons every day.  After all, the kids are up at the crack of dawn, and I totally thought I'd wait to shower until after lessons every day.  However, on nearly every day of swimming lessons, I had an appointment at 9:00 or 10:00 (OT, OB, scripture class, district preschool stuff, etc.), so I had to hit the ground running by 6:30 a.m.  I also didn't anticipate that Gavin would hate swimming lessons and thus have to be corralled on the sidelines for 45 minutes every day.  For these reasons, the boys will not enjoy a second session of swimming lessons this year.

Zach and Ty had a great time in their classes, though, and passed with flying colors.  This is the second or third time Zach has passed Level 5 (Stroke Refinement), but the next level is only offered a couple of times per summer and is never convenient for us.  Tyler passed Level 3 (Stroke Development), which is a great milestone.  It's wonderful to have strong swimmers in the family.

So what will we do for the rest of the summer?  Well, I'm sure water will be popular.  Today the kids ran in the sprinklers, which we haven't run for a while since it has been raining in the afternoons.  The grass was rather parched, so it was a win-win situation.  For the record, Tyler makes the best faces while sprinting through the water.

I mostly sat inside in the recliner by the window, watching the kids play and enjoying my foot rest and a fan in my face.  But I did venture out to take pictures a few times and to cool my hot, fat, miserable feet in the cold water.  Gavin was happy to spray them for me.

Yeah, we'll be doing this a lot.
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