Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Swimming and rides

Our busy summer continues and we are enjoying every minute of it! We have been to one of our favorite places this past summer that has a pool, a few rides, batting cages, and a couple of playground areas. The weather has been HOT so swimming is a must and a perfect way to spend the day with three busy boys! Logan and Christian are my amusement park riders. Ethan does not ride any of the rides and says he hates the feeling of his stomach going up and down so he prefers the pool.

This year Logan started going off the diving boards~even the high dive! At first he climbed the high dive and decided it was too high and then got back down. Later in the day after he had built up his confidence by going off the low dive he was ready to try again. I watched him nervously (while holding my breath) walk to the end of the board and saw the scared look on his face. I yelled to him "You can get back down if you need to." He said with his voice cracking "No I am going to do it." Down he went and back up the high dive he climbed! He repeated this process all day. Unfortunately I did not have my camera on this particular day so I do not have any pictures of this milestone.

On another note my fearless six year old decided he wanted to go off the low dive. Against my own instinct I allowed him to climb the low dive and walk to the end. At the last minute I got this horrible feeling in my stomach and made him get off. Of course he was mad at me but I told him he could jump off the side of the pool into the deeper water and that satisfied him for most of the day. I think he would have been okay but I wasn't sure he was quite ready. Christian can do front flips and back flips off the side of the pool. I am not sure how he learned this so I think it was self taught. He wanted to try it off the diving boards but I am not ready for that! Maybe next year with another year under his belt and a few more swimming lessons!


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Karmen said...

I'm with Ethan -- give me the pool! Great pictures! Looks like you're having a FUN summer!!!!


Pamela said...

Looks like alot of fun... VERY similar to our summer thus far! I know what it's like to be a mom of a six year old who thinks he is old enough to do what his 10 and 8 year old brothers are doing!!! I tend to be very protective too. :)