Back when it was summer. When our lazy days were spent lallygagging from one activity to the next, Andrew and Sylvia took swimming lessons at the Monona pool. Each morning at 10am, we drove over to Jessica, Eli, and Celia’s house and then walked together to the pool. Eli and Andrew had class in the morning, and the girls had class a couple afternoons a week. On the last day of class, I brought my camera to document some of the fun.
Here are our two five-year-old boys about to head to class. They’re both so cute it makes my teeth hurt.
Guys being goofy in a less-well-lit part of the living room.
Since it was the last day of the session, the teachers got out all the noodles and toys, and the whole crew would jump in together to clean it up.
My Andrew is third from the right.
Here’s where Jessica and I could be found five mornings a week. We often got a baby sitter for the girls so we could enjoy 40 minutes of leisurely pool-side chatting. Ahhh Next summer the girls will get to take their lessons at the same time as the boys!
Andrew’s scooping up toys.
Eli is a ring-retriever extraordinaire.
I love how much these kids love being in the water!
As of this summer, Andrew’s dunking and swimming under water. For a kid who spent the first four years of his life strenuously avoiding getting his ears/face/hair wet under any circumstances, this was a rather titanic shift! He loves it now!
There’s Eli swimming about. He’s getting to be such a great swimmer!
Andrew jumped off the diving board this last session. He told me how he was pretty nervous the first time, but then he just did it. And now, although there was a little hesitation, he seems to love it!
On the last day of class, they got the water slide going, and kids got the opportunity to slide down. It was so cute to see the crowd of life guards at the bottom waiting to catch “their kids.” Andrew went down twice!
Here he is with his end-of-session certificate. In a way, I can’t wait for next year when we can enjoy these hot pool days again!