This year’s AGM for the company Tim works for was in Phoenix. The weather was warm, the sun was shining and the whole family (plus Beth) were able to come.
When we left on Thursday morning our plane was on the runway for over an hour waiting to be de-iced. Luckily, de-icing was fascinating to the kids, “IT IS LIKE A CAR WASH!” So the delayed departure and subsequent time sitting in an airplane wasn’t too big a deal.
Just a few hours later and one free beverage-no free pretzels or peanuts on US Airlines- later we landed in Arizona where the sun was shining and my soul sang.
Have I mentioned lately how long and unending this winter has been?!
We hit the ground running and as soon as our bags were delivered to our room we were suited up and in the pool. Swimming is how we spent our days (Tim was in meetings during the morning hours but that didn’t keep the rest of us from the pool) and our evenings were spent enjoying company events. Tim’s company always does a great job making sure the kids have plenty to do so the parents can catch up with friends and colleagues that we haven’t seen since the last AGM.
We just got a back this afternoon. I only pulled out my “big” camera once because I wanted to swim and play too. Yesterday I brought the camera down to the pool and was able to snap a few (ok, a hundred or so) photos of the kids, Tim and Beth swimming in between requests to “GET IN AND SWIM MOM!”
I laugh every time I look at this photo. It makes me think Hasselhoff running across the beach in the opening credit of Baywatch.
This kid loves the water. All my kids love the water but this one… he is always finding a way to be in the water whether it is helping me was dishes, splashing in a puddle or playing in the bath long after the water turns cold. I can’t wait to set up the pool again this summer.
I couldn’t be prouder and more excited about how far the kids have come in the past 15 weeks of swim lessons. Switching to FOSS Swim School was the best we thing have done for them in terms of swimming safety and body awareness. And it is by far the most fun they have had in an extra curricular activity.
Foss stresses backfloating as a life saving skill. I completely agree. They teach the kids to flip from their belly to their back when they get tired or overwhelmed in the water so the kids are able to catch their breath and take a break in a safe way. Check out Michael just floating around the pool. He has pretty much mastered his back float.
Check out the water in the photo. It may be a bit more to carry around but man I love LOVE my camera.
And here he is practicing his freestyle. I wish my Dad would have been there to see it. I can’t help but think about how proud he would be watching his Grandson swim. My Dad was a swim coach, swim teacher and competitive swimmer. He never missed a swim meet or a single event of Beth’s or mine when we were swimming competitively. I know he was proud of how his girls swam, so seeing Michael swim makes me beam with pride on so many levels. That is my boy making my Dad smile with pride. I love you Dad. Check out your grandson. And Michael when you read this years from now make sure to note how much joy you bring your Daddy.
Elise has been taking lessons at Foss too and she is getting so much more comfortable in the water. I think by the end of the next session she will be floating on her own. For her, just like big brother Patrick, everything is more fun when in water. Her giggles and squeals of glee were heard all around the pool when playing a simple game of peek a boo with Beth.
She thinks she can swim on her own. In fact she kind of resents you for helping her. When she “gets it” she is going to take off and become a great swimmer. She paddles/scoops and kicks like there isn’t anyone there holding her up. Its only the ability to keep that toddler belly and bum floating that is keeping her from becoming the next Missy Franklin. Look at the intensity on her face. She is in it to win it.
Elise is a Mommy’s girl, that isn’t a secret but she loves her Daddy. He thinks she can do no wrong and she thinks he hangs the moon.
And then there was jumping. Is there anything more fun, careless, free, uplifting and wonderful then the joy of jumping into a pool?! My boys don’t think so.
Beth and one of Tim’s co-workers wife’s Katie taught the boys how to do cannon balls one morning while I was sleeping off the fun I had the night before.
And tomorrow I will share my two favorite images from the whole weekend.