We are spending as much time as we can at the pool this summer. We joined a nearby neighborhood pool with our good friends, The Harpers, this summer. Connor did not enjoy swimming lessons last summer...actually, I think that they went so poorly that they set him back instead of helping him at all. So, we decided that we would join a pool this summer so that we would be able to go a lot and get him comfortable in the pool before even trying lessons again. We are so glad we did! We are really enjoying our time at the pool.
We have a puddle jumper for Kyle and from day one he has loved swimming all over the pool by himself with the puddle jumper on him. He is really comfortable in the water. Someone suggested trying the inflatable swimmies that go on the child's arms and then deflating them slightly over time to make him work harder and harder and get comfortable swimming. We may try that soon.
Connor had such a poor experience last summer that he was very nervous about the pool. We have a life jacket for him, but he would not trust that the life jacket would hold him up for the first several times that we visited the pool. He wanted to sit on the side or stand on the ledge on the side of the pool or be held by me (or Jeremy when he was with us). Finally, about a week ago, he realized that he really could trust the life jacket to keep him up and that he could swim around with it on just fine. Now, he is having a blast and never wants to get out of the pool! He's not ready to try swimming without the life jacket, but he is so much more comfortable in the water now.
I plan to do swimming lessons next summer for both of them as well as join the pool, but just being at the pool on a regular basis this summer is making a huge difference for them.
We have taken a picnic lunch (or dinner) a few times and Jeremy was able to meet us there during his lunch hour on Thursday. The pool is such a great place to enjoy lunch!
Here are a few pictures from the kiddie pool during the lifeguard break the other day. During the lifeguard break once a hour for ten minutes, the kids have to get out of the pool, but they can go in the kiddie pool. Since I'm in the pool with them in the big pool, I don't have a chance to photograph them there, but I took a few in the little pool. However, the lighting was so bad, nothing much turned out well. Oh well...I'll try again another day.
Here's a random picture of Kyle putting "firemen" on his fire truck.
We had our friend Annette and her girls over for dinner last night. Annette's husband is deployed right now.
The kids played outside, but I didn't get any of my kids. Here are a few of her beautiful girls! Girl #3 is due in October! The pictures are not the best for sure...everyone was too busy playing, sliding, running, digging, and swinging to let this crazy mom take pictures!
This morning, the boys spent time painting in the kitchen.
And, for lunch today, we headed to Cracker Barrel! Of course, they had to play with the checkers outside. They were supposed to try to play a game of checkers, but Kyle just wanted to stack them up. So, they made a tall tower!
We have had a great week! Nothing too exciting, but fun nonetheless! Hope you're having a great week, too!