Thursday, July 15, 2010


Can I get a C?? An O?? A U???!!!!.... you see where I'm going with this. COURAGE is what I have seen in my kiddos this week during our swimming lessons. Marky and Maddie are doing a diving class, and Meredith and Michael are taking their very first swimming lessons. I have been the mom on the side of the pool, grinning from ear to ear as I have watched my 4 little ones participate in their swimming lessons. I've been smiling because the kids have done such a good job, but I've also been smiling because I know things their teachers don't know!! Things like, Meredith hasn't EVER jumped into the pool. She always tip-toes. TODAY?? Oh yeah! She was jumping in, making the biggest splash ever! Another thing I knew... Maddie was TERRIFIED of trying a front flip. 4 days ago - SHE TRIED IT!!! It was a bit uncoordinated, and it hurt her leg and her pride a little as she smacked the water, but SHE TRIED IT!! Something else that I knew was that it had never crossed Marky's mind that she would be any good at diving. And flipping. Guess what?? SHE IS!!! Like... REALLY!!! She is a natural at it. Graceful, willing to try and keep trying, happy with her success, willing to work on the ones that didn't go so well. Michael has been a joy to watch. He is enthusiastic, and willing to try whatever his teacher asks him to. He is floating on his front and back like he's been doing it for months! All of this took so much COURAGE from the kids. I am so proud of them. I can't wait to see how much they progress over the next few weeks.

our hunky diving  teacher Matt

swimming lessons make Michael very tired

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