Friday, July 24, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
About 4:30 a bunch of teenage instructors came out of the office, got in the water and started teaching. I had no idea where to go or who to talk to. Another mom and I were in the same boat, so we finally flagged somebody down, and she directed us to our instructor who was already working with another kid. When we walked up to the instructor with three more kids, she looked like she was going to lose it. But she asked their names, and they got in with her. The other mom and I sat down nearby.
The little boy in their class was a MUCH better swimmer, so we were wondering if we'd signed up for the wrong level It's 201 - right above infant swimming, so I didn't expect much. The other girl in the class was 5, but she wasn't that comfortable in the water.
They did a bunch of trials on different floats while the instructor held them. They blew bubbles. They went down to the end an jumped to her a bunch (with the boy doing cannonballs). Then they went to the shallow end to dive for rings.
Madeleine got in over her head once. She was on her tiptoes, lost her balance, and kept getting deeper. But she recovered okay.
They didn't go underwater to get any rings, but did good anyway. When the lesson was over, they came to the edge to hop out. Lily lost her balance and went under. The mom in me freaked out, but she recovered on her own and got out, very proud of herself. She told everyone she went under the water.
The instructor told the mom of the boy that he was too advanced for that level and should probably be in another class. She seemed pretty annoyed, but I hope she follows through and gets him in the right level.
The girls are excited to go back on Thursday.
Feeding the ducks
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Lily the American Cutie
Madeleine and the soccer ball.
We went to the celebration at the NC State Fairgrounds. I hadn't been in probably 15 years, so I didn't know what to expect either. We put some food together for a picnic. Back when I was in school, they set off the fireworks from the grandstand, but now they do it out by the lake in back. We turned in by the lake off Youth Center Rd. I would have driven farther down, but Eric pointed out the the further down in we went, the longer it would take to get out.
So we parked across the way from some college-age kids playing drinking games. Excellent. The girls kept asking why one guy didn't have a shirt on and what game were they playing (who could drink the fastest). We played some with the balls we bought and then walked up to the main fairgrounds to see what kind of activities were going on. We took a bathroom break over there and then headed back to our car around 8:30 pm or so.
The fireworks started abruptly at 9:15, and Madeleine just about jumped in my lap. She and Lily cowered at my side. Madeleine asked, "When can we go home?"
But I took her up on my lap and helped cover her ears. She got used to the noise after a while and begain to enjoy herself. Lily sat on Eric's lap, and we started talking about what shapes and colors we saw. It made it bearable, and they were excited about them again.
It took about 40 minutes to get out with the traffic the way it was, so the girls didn't hit bed until almost 11 pm. They were beyond exhausted, but I'm glad the crying didn't start until we got home.