This past week the girls had swimming lessons. Staley and Adelie have both had some lessons in the past, but their lessons this week were amazing. They were intense and all-business, but both girls made tremendous progress in their swimming skills...and had a really good time doing it.
Adelie with her swim instructors Miss Gretchen and Miss Lisa
Today we went as a family to State Farm pool. The girls had a great time showing off their new swimming skills. Briggs' favorite activity was jumping off the side of the pool while holding our hands and then swimming back to the side by himself (with his Puddle Jumper on). This was the first time he felt confident enough to "swim" without us holding onto him. He thought he was big stuff!!
In lessons this week, Adelie was learning to float on her back and was starting to swim a few feet underwater from one instructor to the other. At the pool, she loves to swim with her Puddle Jumper on. She has no qualms about swimming off on her own.
Staley was in her element today. Of all my kids, she is the one who LOVES the water. In lessons this week, she went from doing a little underwater swimming to swimming across the pool. She is always so determined child, not giving up until she meets her goal. Today she taught herself to do a front flip under the water AND she jumped off the diving board by herself. She'd jump off, pop up, and swim to the side...again and again and again. She was so proud of herself.
I'm so glad that my kids are comfortable in the water and are learning how to swim. And although it's a long time off before I can sit in a lounge chair and read while they enjoy the pool, I feel like we are one step closer.