This was the summer of water. Henry learned to swim. My primary memories of this summer will be playing in the pool with the boys. Watching Henry overcome his fear of water. Sunbathing with the boys at the y pool. It was the very best summer. I come from a long line of water lovers. I'm from Florida. My whole family swims. A lot. Family functions often center around the water. I spent my summers in a bathing suit. I was either in the water or on the water pretty much any chance I got. Jason didn't grow up like this. He just isn't a fan of the water. Sure he played a little in a pool as a kid but it was nothing like my childhood. We knew we wanted to boys to learn to swim and I knew that I wanted to cultivate a love of the water in them. It is hard to explain, but it is important to me. I know that might sound funny but so many of the memories of my mom center around water. Initially Henry approached the water with a level of trepidation. Okay, maybe it was more like full blown fear. Last year was the first year he really got in the water and he refused to let his head go under. Because Henry was nervous I decided to enroll with boys on swim lessons at our YMCA. I never took a swim lesson in my life. My mom taught me to swim and really can't remember a time I couldn't swim. But, with Henry I was hitting a wall I decide to get the help of a professional. Henry was so scared at the beginning of the classes. He begged not to go and informed me would never go under water or swim without his floaty. But, I encouraged him to stay with it and took him to the pool to practice every day. I'm happy to report after a couple weeks this was happening.
Henry has found his love for the water. It fills my heart with joy.
Alex, loves the water so much and has no fear to the point we had to put his floaty back on because I couldn't handle the stress. He tired to drown himself twice. Next year will be Alex's year to master swimming.
Basically we've soaked up a ton of sun kissed fun this summer. Even Jason got swept up in all the fun. I'm pretty sure he swam more this summer than he has in the 10 years we've been married.
PS. Speaking of sun, we went to Florida this summer too! Here are some family photos. Yes, it was a great summer but I'm ready for fall!
We even got in a sunny Florida run while we were there.