Tell me what it is you want to do with your one wild and precious life? -mary oliver

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Swimming: Then and Now

Last year, the kids began swimming lessons through the Olentangy Swim Association.  They are not involved in too many activities, but Andy and I want our children to become better swimmers than we are.  They have more opportunities to swim than we did as children, and swimming is a life skill.  As you can see from the clips, Austin wasn't much for swimming.  He preferred to swim in the baby pool, without getting his face wet.  Addyson began teaching  herself to swim underwater.  That girl would swim laps in the medium pool, back and forth, challenging herself farther and farther.  She even was brave enough to jump off the diving board. Once school began, swimming took a back burner, except for when we stayed in hotels.
Here we are in 2010, and what a difference!! Austin is jumping in and out of the pool, practicing swimming, and wearing his goggles.   It may be not the most graceful stroke, but he's trying.  Addy is now swimming laps above the water.  She has a decent butterfly stroke going, and is now swimming in the deep end. (A vacation celebration!!!)   We begin swimming lessons next week and can't wait to see their accomplishments.

It's not necessarily the amount of time you spend at practice that counts; it's what you put into the practice.

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