Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Staying Cool in the Pool

We spent a good chunk of the summer at the pool.  We bought a membership at a private pool this summer and I'm so glad we did.  It included swim lessons and the pool was open to free swim all afternoon/evening.  We especially loved the parties they hosted on holidays.  We were able to go swimming on Memorial Day and Fourth of July with daddy.  I really didn't like that the public pools were always closed on holidays.  We were always trying to squeeze in time after work to show daddy all our new swimming tricks. 
The playground
 With four kids taking lessons, it took 1 1/2 hours to get them all done.  So we played on the pool's swing-set while we waited. 

Kiwi  loves to swing
S "swimming"
 S. made the most progress this year.  He went from crying on the side of the pool and refusing to try to swim, to begging mom to let him swim to her. He can kick off and front float about five feet or so.  He's still working on adding arms and legs to propel himself in the water.  He also needs to figure out how to get a breath without sinking. If he tries to swim, he sinks, but if he just put his face in the water and floats, he does great. 
G-man just chillin'
The two older kids can swim without worry.  Kiwi is making progress on freestyle and back-float.  G-man learned breast stroke, elementary backstroke, sidestroke, and butterfly.  We're hoping to do swim team next year now that they've gotten so more experience with the strokes. JW is a crazy daredevil, jumping off the side into mom's arms over and over and over again.  The child has no fear and loves the water.  Good thing we don't have a pool at home, or we might be in trouble. 

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