Friday, May 31, 2013

swim lessons // week 1

we're back at it again. swim lessons!! it's hard to believe this is addison's 3rd year. let's recap on the past 2 years, shall we?

week 1 - part 1 // part 2 // week 2 // week 3

week 1 - part 1 // part 2 // week 2

it's hard to believe that she's the same child as the one from the first year.

day 1:
i'd be lying if i said i wasn't dreading the first day. we had been talking about swim lessons for a few weeks and she was really excited. we went to my dad's pool and tried to practice once, and addison didn't do great at first. but towards the end she got much better. even so, she started to talk about how she didn't want to go to swim lessons. she would randomly bring it up and would say "i think i'm going to be sick for swim lessons."

so day 1 came and off we went. i talked it up the whole morning and ride there. addison didn't seem too scared or anything, but i wasn't sure. we got there and she went right in without fussing. all the teachers remembered her and gave her hugs and kisses.

for the first part of class, ms. carolyn talked with the parents out on the deck so we couldn't see the kids. after she was done, she told some of us we could go in. even though she said i could, i was still hesitant because i didn't know if addison would get upset. i peaked my head in and addison saw me and smiled and waved, so i took that as my cue that i could go in.

i went in and watched the rest of her class and she did great!! it's so amazing how different she is from the past 2 years.

day 2:
chris and i went to her class the next day. she was awesome. it's fun being able to sit by the pool and watch opposed to hiding and trying to see.

they worked on blowing bubbles and being a "sleeping fish" {just blowing bubbles underwater and not moving}. addison kept moving her arms and legs at first, but she caught on and stayed completely still at the end. and then happily jumped off the diving board.

day 3:
it was pretty uneventful. they just continued to practice blowing bubbles, floating on their backs, and flutter kicking.

day 4:
they started off class with laying on their backs for 15 minutes. they did that last year too, and it always amazes me to see the kids just floating there for so long. they'll float into each other and the teachers will move them apart, but they never flinch.

day 5:
last day! addison was excited to be done. which was kind of funny because she loved it while she was there. they got to dive for rings at the end like usual, and all the kids loved that.

and to make this post even longer, here is a SUPER high quality {not} video of some stuff they did!

addison has another week of lessons at the end of the summer. we're going to go to the pool as much as we can and practice with her. she'll be a little fish in no time!