Monday, September 01, 2014

Lake House: June 2014

Shorty after our summer began, we went out to the lake house for some family time. Of course, a good bit of that time was spent at the pool.

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This was right after we completed swim lessons, so Logan could technically swim. But, we felt better when he had his puddle jumper on since he was a brand new swimmer. 

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My three guys plotting their next jumps off the waterfall...

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Logan still will not jump on his own. But, he loves to jump with daddy.

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Ethan is constantly trying to come up with new and different ways to jump. He's gotten really good at not needing his goggles all the time in the water. 

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I brought the underwater camera along with me and got a few fun shots...along with a lot of terrible ones. I am not an underwater photographer! It's harder than it might seem!

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The boys love to play "submarine" with daddy. 

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Hey, even I put on my goggles and joined in the underwater fun.

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This one cracks me up...

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And here's Ethan just as he jumped off the waterfall...he requested a photo of this. 

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Two goofballs underwater.

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We don't actually spend a lot of time over in the toddler pool anymore, but the boys wanted to take their toys over there and play. 

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I bought some Toy Story dive characters on Ebay this year because they have loved Mrs. Stacy's (swim teacher) set for several years now, but they're not sold in stores anymore. 

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As is usual with kids and water, they started splashing a lot. I was using my brand new camera, so I had to keep a little distance from them, but they wanted me to take photos of their splashing. 

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In the evenings we roasted marshmallows over the fire pit. Always a good idea. 

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But, the boys don't like getting too close to the fire. That's amusing to me since their father is fascinated by fire. 

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Several things about this photo...how far above the flames he's holding his marshmallows. How tired he looks (this was well past bedtime), and how mesmerized he is by the fire. He's a cutie. 

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Similarly, Ethan wouldn't lower his marshmallows to the flames either. But he looks pretty ready to eat them anyway. Love his smirks.

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And it's s'mores time. Logan looks happy. Must be because he's already taken a bite. 

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I wonder what he's thinking here. Maybe he's wondering how it's possible for a s'more to be so good. 

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Ethan's ready too. This year, instead of deconstructing their s'mores and eating them one part at a time, they ate them all together and were so surprised at how good they were. 

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That's a perfect s'more...unless of course you like your marshmallow a little more blackened, which I don't. 

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After s'mores, the boys played a little soccer with a mini-ball. 

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Sunset is my favorite time at the lake. It is beautiful with the setting sun making the cliffs opposite the house light up with red. 

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It really is so peaceful too. You can tell from this photo just how low the lake is right now...usually most of those rocks in the foreground are under water. 

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I didn't take photos on our second day at the lake because I'd done my duty the day before. I just relaxed and played with the boys, which is exactly why we go to the lake house in the first place. It was a great little mini-trip and just what we needed to kick off our summer.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Swim Lessons: 2014

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This year the boys did two weeks of swim lessons again...the first two weeks of June. I feel like we've had a rather mild summer and the beginning of June was just warm...definitely not hot. So we had a few chilly days at swim lessons, but the boys both were troopers. And this year, Logan's lesson was first...

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This was a big year for him in terms of progress. Here he is practicing his "monster arms" (freestyle stroke). 

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He successfully grabbed a toy off the bottom of the pool by himself. Mrs. Stacy celebrated with him.

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This year, he wanted to wear his goggles almost all of the time, which definitely helped him concentrate on the actual swimming. But, he also does really well without them too.

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And of course, while little brother is in his lesson, Ethan swam. It's nice that I didn't have to get in with him because like I said...it was chilly!

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He jumped to his heart's content. So much that I had to tell him to save some energy for his swim lesson. 

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Although there's very little down-time in the class with just three students, Logan would always come over and talk to Ethan and hang on the hand rail.

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I mentioned that this was a big year for Logan...he worked on coming up for a breath...

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...and then going back down to swim.

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And before the two weeks was up, he was swimming on his own! It just clicked for him and he was so proud. We were too. I had a feeling that this would be the year because this was the age that the same happened for Ethan and he just took off. 

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The last part of class is always jumping. Both of my boys love it and look forward to it. 

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A big thumbs up was Logan's rating of his swim lessons this year. I love that he enjoys it and loves to swim.

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After his lessons, sometimes Logan would swim like Ethan did during his lessons, but sometimes he was too cold and just wanted to wrap up in a towel. Then, the sun was too bright so I loaned him my sunglasses since I was taking photos anyway. That, coupled with his lollipop from Mrs. Stacy and he was a happy boy again. 

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Time for Ethan's lesson. Obviously, he knows how to swim. But, his stroke is not refined, although it gets him from point A to point B. He is continuing to take lessons to fine-tune his strokes as well as learn new ones. 

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For this age, Mrs. Stacy will often show the kids how to do the stroke. That's what they are looking at off-camera. 

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Mrs. Stacy's assistant is working with Ethan on making his free-style stroke more pretty and efficient for him. 

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He actually did quite well with it after some practice. It's hard to change the way you've been swimming. 

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He worked on keeping his head down a little more than he is used to as well as the side-breathing that's done with free-style swimming. 

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Then they worked on back stroke (he loves pushing off the wall to start this one), and learned how to do the butterfly (hilarious). Ethan's best/natural stroke is still breast stroke and they worked with him on that one too. 

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Putting on his flippers...

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Ethan worked on some harder strokes this year and really made some improvement in his swimming. He loves lessons too...I am so glad. And I was glad to have our swim lessons out of the way at the very beginning of the summer so we could enjoy the things they had learned for the rest of the summer. 

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