Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Swimming Lessons in the Freezing Cold and Other Tortures

Ethan and his dear friend Cam have had swim lessons the last two weeks. Before this, Ethan was basically terrified of putting his face in the water, and lo and behold, after 2 weeks and $52, he can grab something off the bottom of the pool with his eyes open! I guess swim lessons are worth the $$.

Both weeks were cool, lots of rain, but we pressed on. Ethan wouldn't dream of missing!

Here's what they teach you at swim lessons when you're 3 1/2:
Keep your bottom glued to the stair (this one was hard!)

Let's blow our bubbles! Get your eyelashes wet!

Seated dives

Doesn't this smile look like my brother Michael?

Jump off the diving board into teacher's arms

Reaching arms

Open your eyes in the water and retrieve plastic animals off the bottom of the pool

...while the teacher pushes you down.


Eryn said...

wow! i am impressed! what wonderful teachers. when patrick did swim lessons at 3, they didnt do any of that. and now they have raised the age limit, so ella wont even get to do it this year :(

Kelly said...

Rachel! Thanks for sharing all those pictures! I've been wondering how those swim lessons were coming and it sounds like it is a success!! yeah!! And, thanks for the fun day a few weeks ago. It was soooo good to see you and the boys! I had a blast! Let's not wait so long next til the next time!! I've been praying for you guys and your VBS planning. Keep up the good work!!

bandanachick said...

Yeah! I am glad that E did so well with the lessons. Sounds like it was worth the money!
He does look like Mike in that picture!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing the pics. E seems so grown up and cute as ever. He is well on his way to becoming as excellent swimmer. Love you Ethan- Grandma Renes

Qtpies7 said...

How fun! I hate how cold the pools are for lessons, but its so important to learn to swim.
I need to get my little 3 1/2 year old in lessons soon.
Cute pictures!