Wednesday, May 25, 2011

We love a good swim

We have taken the swimming lesson plunge here in Happily Ever Johnson Land.  

G-Bear and E-Bear have had two lessons with "Teacher Mike" the past two Saturdays.  The lessons may be more aptly called "therapy lessons near water," as they have mostly involved copious G & E Bear chatterings to Teacher Mike as they dangle their feet in the water on the pool steps.

Their shyness toward the water when their teacher is around stands in stark contrast to their hold-nothing-back attitude when we swim just as a family.  Ah, c'est la vie, at least when it comes to teaching toddlers to swim!  Thank goodness for our teacher's patient, therapeutic nature.

E-Bear loves to talk and splash on the steps.

G-Bear shows off her skills.

The kids love to show off their new suits that they received for the lessons:  Lightning McQueen for E-Bear and Disney Princesses for G-Bear.  They amaze the check-in desk attendants with their enthusiasm as we arrive.  No amount of preparatory coaxing to "walk please, on the deck" can keep them from sprinting toward the water when we enter the pool doors.  E-Bear can hardly contain his excitement on the side of the pool as G-Bear get her lesson time.  They love their teacher's mini kick boards, even if they use them more for splashing each other than for practicing their kicking technique.

Kickin' it poolside.

Showing off the pipes!

So far the kids are doing a great job of blowing bubbles, feeling the water with their hands and kicking with their feet.  Aren't these the same children who were flinging themselves off the edge into the water and doing underwater dips with us last year at the pool?  Yes, we have a long way to go, but it is refreshing to remember where we all start when learning to swim.

Swimming buddies through thick and thin


B-Mama said...

At least you know their potential! We have the opposite situation--our kids do fine at lessons and then clam up when we're on our own. Ugh! :) I'm hoping more and more practice will drill it into them. Good luck! :)

SnoWhite said...

oh, what fun! as a swimming related question... any chance you'll stop by state tomorrow for teams?