We're back at the swim lessons at Utah Pool in Aurora!
We have started and stopped lessons, see a post before, with both girls on and off over the last year or so. We started Arlo last fall when Remy started pre-K, but we wrapped up a couple sessions and the next round was booked, and I did not want to have to drive to a further pool or do evening classes, and then the holidays happened...so now we come back at it, and this time I have BOTH girls in and they are now at the SAME level which is neat!
Looks like the girls had a private lesson the first day, but since then there is one additional swimmer with them, but still an awesome, SMALL, setting which means more time working with the instructor. The class is only half an hour which seems incredibly short to me, and they switch off with each other and take turns working with the instructor so I feel like each kiddo only gets like seven minutes of actual "swim," time. Husband and I have discussed that if we really want them to forge ahead and feel confident we will most likely need to take them to the pool additionally on our own.
So, this is my favorite time of year to do swim lessons! We have never actually taken them in the summer, but it seems like EVERYONE decides to sign up their kiddos then. I have to disagree. Summer should be the time to be outdoors enjoying the weather and AT the pools and practicing what they learn beforehand. I think fall/winter and early spring are nice because everyone seems to be into a school frame of mind and keeps the classes smaller and more focused. I was skeptical at first when there was snow and wind to compete with getting from the car to the pool last session, but it is actually working out well for us.
My girls have never been afraid of the water or swim lessons, thankfully. They have both had their experiences with "off" days when they first started lessons, but now that they both know the drill and have been in a few sessions, they were so excited to get back in the pool! I actually had to threaten to take them out of lessons and use it as a weapon for misbehavior. They were incredibly happy and READY to get back in the water. They both could not stop smiling and literally RAN into the building, of course first stopping to play in the smallest patch of snow you ever did see.
Don't worry, I don't haul my nice camera to every lesson, but I do LOVE to capture them at activities they do here and there and go back and see the changes. I remember seeing a couple photos of me in swimming lessons when I was about their age, I was looking quite miserable and possibly planning an escape route, I am pretty sure I didn't not even make it to Guppy level, but I am glad I have that to look back on!
We're in mid-February now and Easter seems soooo near, which means SPRING is coming! Spring is probably my second favorite season, next to fall. Well, maybe a toss up between the two, but summer is definitely my least favorite. I like weather that you still can comfortably wear clothing in. Hoping to get a few sessions of swimming in before true swimsuit season strikes. Also hoping for ME to get a LOT more pilates sessions in before then, because when you're a mom, that means YOU have to be swimming now too. I also really want to find a sophisticated and attractive one piece. No strings, no metallics, no crazy cutouts, just a classic and sexy one-er.
Both girls are wearing suits from Target and their slides are from Children's Place.