My kids started swimming lessons!!! Thanks to our two wonderful grandmas (and 50% off plus a $25 coupon...Miami is EXPENSIVE for swimming lessons, I think high demand) we were able to put Ruthie and Will in swimming lessons this summer. I'm very grateful because I feel like they are both on the cusp of learning SOOOO much, they just need the extra attention! Will has been asking to swim without his floatie for a while now, and I started working with him in May before we moved and all we did was swim every morning and afternoon. But he wanted to dive more than swim, which can't really come first, so I'd get tired of helping him so much and make him put his floatie back on. Ruth is swimming like CRAZY but she still does a front crawl/doggy paddle mix and I really wanted to start working on strokes so she could learn those. In only two lessons (they have them every saturday morning) Will has already started swimming without his floatie fairly comfortable (besides almost drowning yesterday when I was taking these pictures, thanks Jeff for saving him, I was about to yell at you---I promise I was watching too!!!) and Sterling couldn't believe how well Will was doing. Ruthie is getting more confident, but I do wish her teacher would push her a little bit more. I can't wait for the next three weeks to be up so I can get in the pool with her and help her out a little bit more one-on-one. All in all, they are both doing great and most of all LOVING IT so it's a win.
|Will who just triumphantly threw those footballs and swam to get them all by himself!|
We LOVE Jeff and Diana! They came over and literally spent the entire hour and a half throwing my kids in the air. They had to be tired and sick of it, but every time Molly said "Again! Again!" they just laughed and kept going! They've joined us on many beach/pool/bbq/park trips and even though they don't have kids they ALWAYS spend all their time entertaining ours. Even just last week we went to a picnic for Sterling's classmates (we NEVER go to his school stuff because it usually involves lots of alcohol and we'd rather pay a babysitter for other activities we enjoy more) but we thought we'd try to start the new school year off with a little bit of socializing. Jeff was flying solo because Diana was working and he spent the ENTIRE time playing with our kids, helping them feed turtles, and then eating extra sandwiches when my kids got tired of feeding them to the turtles. Haha--thanks for taking that one for the team, Jeff! Also, they will always have a special place in my heart because when I was put into a Spanish-only primary, and we were having MAJOR issues with our five 11 yr old boys, they were able to be called and they were MARVELOUS teachers--they kept those boys occupied and took so much stress out of my Sundays! Love you guys!!!!!
|More of Will swimming solo. He had to be exhausted but he was SO PROUD to show his daddy how well he was swimming! It was one of those sweet parenting things to watch. I love my boys!|
|Taking a break. Sterling said it felt like bathwater because its been so hot around here. I haven't noticed too much because we are inside a lot...haha. Best way to spend a Miami summer!|
|Sorry your arms are sore, Diana!|
|More of Will swimming!|
|Ruth thought this was hilarious that it looked like she was that tall on the water.|
|In the meantime we were chilling by his personal fan. We were out for about an hour and a half and he was just starting to look too hot at the end when we called it. That's about his limit.|
|Matchy blue striped pajamas, Will was thrilled.|