Now that the boys are back in school, I have time to get caught up on blogs. So back in July the boys took swimming lessons from Megan (the one we went to the lake with, the older sister of Spencer's friend Sean). I was so impressed with how good she was with our little kids at the lake, and she had just finished up a great season on the swim team. Plus she has a pool, so we were able to go to their house for the lessons. We went every day for two weeks, and Chloe and I just sat in the shade and visited with her mom Cyndee the whole time. It was lovely.
Levi liked to put his feet in the water, but he refused to do the lessons. Instead of wasting our time trying to convince him otherwise (which is usually futile anyway), we just had her move on to the other boys. I figure he'll be ready by next summer.
Brennan didn't want to do much the first week either. In fact he got in the water less Thursday and Friday than he did the first 3 days. Remember how I said he wouldn't get off the steps of the pool all last summer? Well I was pretty dang frustrated with him for not even trying to learn this year. Then the following Monday was Dallin's birthday, and I told him we could go out for donuts after their lessons. But then I decided to use it as leverage. I told them we would ONLY go out for donuts if Brennan tried to swim and do whatever Megan asked him to do. It worked, and he improved a ton each day from then on. Here he is swimming across the pool with the life jacket on.
He even tried diving.
Dallin was able to get by in the water before lessons, but he really learned a lot with Megan. He was able to master everything she taught him. Megan handed out awards at the end, and he got the award for strongest swimmer.
Spencer was at scout camp the first week, but he came along the second week. He assured me that he didn't need lessons. He was a really good swimmer, after all. But I knew he could use some help on fine-tuning his strokes. She worked with him a little, and he admitted it was helpful. Tyler got the award for best attitude. Not only did he do everything Megan taught him, but he did it cheerfully. Yep, that's Tyler!
By the end of the second week, Brennan was able to swim. I was so proud of his progress, I wanted to cry. He got the award for most improved.
The next time we went to the public pool, he was swimming all over the place. No more staying on the steps!
Success! The boys had so much fun, they didn't want their lessons to come to an end. Maybe we can do it again next summer.