Posts Tagged ‘swimming’


Saturday, January 28th, 2012 by by

In an attempt to keep the kids active during the winter, we signed them up for parent-child swim lessons. We are very fortunate that the area we moved to has a wonderful recreational department, and we plan to fully take advantage of it!

Swimming started last week, twice a week for forty minutes per session. The lessons were listed as two separate classes, however ages 0-3 were all put into the same group once we got there. This has advantages and disadvantages for our family. I was disappointed at first, because I was hoping that Jonah would learn basic skills such as floating, kicking, and putting his face in the water. I think that the older children in the class are not getting age appropriate water skills. However, since both kids are in the same class, Daryl and I can spend that time with the kids as a family. Although the sessions are basically just water play, the “instructor” goes between each parent-child couple to give suggestions on ways to strengthen certain skills.

Jonah loves to float on his back, hold a “noodle,” and chase balls through the water. Evie is working on building confidence in the water and not being afraid. She loves blowing bubbles and kicking!

These swim lessons are not only a great way for our family to spend evenings exercising together; they are offering a great outlet for the kids’ energies, exposing them to new experiences and providing wonderful sensory activities. I am hoping that these classes will evolve to teach them knowledge of water safety and potentially life saving skills of swimming and floating.

So although the temperatures are still chilly, just look for my family pool side!


Embrace the Camera

Thursday, July 7th, 2011 by by

Here we go again, linking up with Emily
Here’s a shot of me and Haeden from our pool time on Sunday. I’m absolutely loving the fact that he’ll be learning to swim in the same pool that I did. It’s pretty fun having four generations all together each Sunday for “pool day!” I feel truly blessed!
Chillin’ in the floatie.


Embrace the Camera

Thursday, June 30th, 2011 by by

Emily’s blog is up and running again, which means she’s back to embracing the camera. Hopefully she is feeling much, much better these days. Or, at the very least, feeling human again. Sometimes making beautiful babies is hard work, you guys!

There is a tiny little community center in our neighborhood. It was built in the early 1960′s and had been increasingly neglected over the past 10-20 years. Luckily, it seems that recently the neighborhood has had a renewed interest, and the community center has been undergoing some sort of beautification process. The center includes a swimming pool, tennis courts, and a picnic area, and it is located right next to a boat dock and park. Oh, and it overlooks the St. John’s river. It could be quite beautiful, and I’m so glad that the neighborhood is putting for the effort to make it that way.

I recently had an old friend move into a house a couple of streets over. She told me that she and her husband and their baby had been going to the pool every other night. It’s open from 7-8pm for free swim. I’m sure it’s also open during the day, but since we work, the 7-8 time frame is perfect for wearing our little ones out right before bedtime! Haeden has spent a lot of time in the pool the past few weeks, and he really seems to be enjoying the water. He is a little apprehensive at times, but I’m sure that by the end of the season he will be completely comfortable. We’re already working on teaching him how to swim, something I think is very important – especially living in the state of Florida.

The only problem is that Haeden doesn’t want to wear his bathing suit. (more…)

Looking for a Life Jacket? Puddle Jumpers are AMAZING!

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011 by by

Attention all moms: I wish I had always known about Puddle Jumper life jackets! I would have never spent a dime on anything else for swim training, including those famous water-wing thingys. They are seriously the best life jackets on the market. A friend of mine recently introduced me to them when we took all the kids swimming, and I’m convinced they are just the coolest option out there. Not only are they Coast-Guard approved as a PFD, but the kids have amazing mobility in them, they aren’t awkwardly floating from the back, and it’s giving them the confidence to truly practice their swimming skills! I am one happy mama! Don’t spend your money on anything else! Here is the link, check them out! Puddle Jumper Life Jackets


The Most Dreaded Thing….

Thursday, May 19th, 2011 by by

If you did a survey of what people dread the most, I am sure you will get a variety of responses. However, with most women, you will probably hear that these three words are up there on the list if not the most dreaded:

Bathing. Suit. Shopping.

I have never enjoyed this, and you would think that given my weight loss, I would be simply thrilled to go try on bathing suits. Yeah. Not so much. I am dreading this, and when I heard our friends say, “We opened the pool!” I groaned. With those words, it brings excitement, because I love the pool, I love swimming, I love the water… It’s something different to do with the boys. I just hate wearing a bathing suit. Who invented those things anyway? Yeah yeah, I know. I could wear shorts and a t-shirt, but we all know that’s not comfortable at all.

Why would I not be thrilled this year? Because I still see myself the same way. When I was at my heaviest, I didn’t feel that heavy, but I was still uncomfortable with my appearance. Now that I reached my goal weight, I feel no different. I don’t SEE the difference when I look in the mirror. Sure, I can tell by the scale, and I can tell by my clothes, but I just don’t physically see the difference. The thought of being in a suit makes me cringe. Even as a teenager, I hated the way I looked in a suit, and that has not changed at all. Necessary evil, I tell you. Whoever invented the suit must have been a man, and whoever invented the bikini….definitely a man…..

Splishn’ Splashn’ Fun!

Thursday, December 17th, 2009 by by

The past two days I have taken Gaby to QEII swimming pool – and we have had such a GREAT time!!!!!  It’s been awhile since I took her to the pool, and I have to say, it is a lot more enjoyable now!  She is starting to get adventurous in the water, wanting to kick, wanting to play on the floaty toys, and wanting to be carried out to the deep end (which is hard, with me being so short! LOL!)… not to mention going around the river.  Yesterday we spent two hours in the water, and today it was a little under two hours… she probably would have stayed all day if I had let her!

Now I am thinking, it is important for me to get her into some Swimsmart swimming classes.  Ever since I can remember, I have been (more…)

Swim, then run, then bike, then collapse (Life List: an update)

Monday, November 2nd, 2009 by by

As some of you may be aware, number 8 on my life list is to complete an Olympic length triathlon. OLYMPIC length. Meaning, Olympians do this. And before we go any further please let me clarify that I am NOT AN OLYMPIAN.

The full race involves a 1500 meter swim, 40km bike, and 10 km ride. In the USA, this means a 1 mile swim, 25 mile bike, and a 6 mile run. Ridiculousness, I know.

The training schedule is a 12 week program which ramps up the distance and time for each of the 3 activities each week. This means that we do not get a break, we do not get a rest, and (more…)


Hello Sunshine! or A Gentle Approach to Pools

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009 by by

Finally, summer is here in Northwest Ohio! After being thoroughly jealous of everyone else’s warm and sunny weather, we finally got our turn. For one day, anyway. Yes, sandwiched between the cool, rainy, gloomy 50 F weather, we had one sunny day this week that was 75 F! On days like this, a very dear friend comes out to play. I’d like to introduce you to Max:I bought Max last week, on sale at Target. I had originally wanted to get a water table. I had used them at the day care that I worked at, and then saw that Target carried them. I didn’t buy it right away of course; I had to sleep on it before purchasing. Well, it turns out that they are very popular around here. Every Target in the Toledo area is sold out of them! The reason that I was more keen on the idea of the water table rather than the pool, is because this is how Jonah feels about being in water:I decided to turn of the spout squirting (more…)