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Wa-Wa…Partyin’ & Learnin’

2012 August 2
by Becky

It is has been a wet and wild two weeks at the Voboril House.

First, we celebrated Ethan’s buddy Quinn’s second birthday. Held on a scorching hot and steamy Saturday, about a dozen half-naked toddlers splashed to their hearts content. At one point, unable to take a running start, Ethan and Quinn commandeered the Slip ‘n Slide, causing quite the line backup as the older kids patiently waited for their turn.

Throw in some blue frosting topped cupcakes, toys, and huge balloons, you’ve got yourself two hours of constant activity. By 6pm Ethan was ready to fall over. My friend Kristan knows how to throw a party!

We’ve also spent the last two weeks in swimming lessons! We had a couple fussy days, but for the most part these lessons went WAYYYYYY better then the last session (what I like to call “Scream Fest 2012”).

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These lessons were held outside at the Charles Houston Recreation Center pool. It’s a practically-brand-new pool designed just for kids. Ethan LOVES playing on the beach-entry shallow area in the bubblers and sprayers. While the water has a slight chill at 10:30am, the sun and humidity make a drastic difference when compared to the indoor-freezing-ness we endured in the spring. Also, these lessons were held Monday – Thursday for two weeks, as opposed to the once a week style of the spring session.

Every morning we’d make 15 minute hike to the rec center, getting nice and hot and ready for a dip. Lessons sometimes started out with collecting diving rings—Ethan’s favorite thing. He would collect as many as he could possibly hold before handing them to me for re-distribution. The kid is a ring-finding fool.

He also learned how to “jump” in…it’s more like an assisted fall, but hey! It counts. Here we are singing “Humpty Dumpty” and the kids are falling off the wall.

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Ethan brushed up his kicking skills and really got good at holding his arms out. We learned “scoops” (doggy paddle) which he’s figuring out pretty fast. Here he is doing scoops and kicks to his duck—all the kids carry a rubber duck throughout class.

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The small group of parents and kids was so nice and fun. The age range was four-ish months to three years old. At three, kids take lessons without a parent…yikes! You can see our teacher, Brit, in the middle. Ethan thought she was pretty darn great, waving and saying “Bye Teach” to her at the end of lessons.

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I think we’re singing “Happy And You Know It” (one of Ethan’s favs) above. His other favorite song was “Tick Tock”, which he sings all the time while swaying back and forth…so cute. The mixture of singing and teaching really made the lessons fun.

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At the end of our last day, Ethan waved “Bye Bye Swim” to swimming lessons. While he’s no Michael Phelps, I think the lessons are worth the time and $$. They ensure 30 minutes of dedicated, minimally distracted time to practice basic swimming skills. Yes, I can do this stuff on my own, but it never hurts to get some socialization in a friendly, structured environment, right?

Now that lessons are over we’ll be back to hitting this pool in the afternoons after nap. It really is an amazing little neighborhood hangout! Oh, and did I mention it’s FREE? Thank you Alexandria for providing such fun and fabulous facilities.

I, on the other hand, have never been to the pool this much in my adult life. When working full time, I never went to the pool! Now I’m about pooled out. But there is no stopping the little man’s “wa-wa” requests.

Do you swim at a community pool? If not, where do you cool off on a hot summer day?

3 Responses leave one →
  1. Kristan permalink
    August 3, 2012

    Sure looks happy in those swimming lesson pics!!

  2. Sandy Schon permalink
    August 3, 2012

    So glad you’re teaching Ethan how to swim as early as possible. One less thing to worry about!!

  3. Grandpa Joe permalink
    August 3, 2012

    Beats the cow-pond I learned to swim in.
    But, come to think of it…………
    I never really learned to swim.
    Just ask Sandy.

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