YMCA and Hide-n-Seek
(This is a pictue of the actual pool he had to swim across...it looks small on here but it really is very long!)
We spent the majority of the afternoon at the Barco Newton YMCA swim facility. The kids LOVE this place...but that is not the reason we went today. Shep decided that he was ready to go down the daunting slides...two double swirly water slides that are VERY tall and quite a bit intimidating to a four-year old (unfortunately you can't see the slides in this picture)! He told us he was ready...so we simply encouraged him to follow his instinct! Once we arrived, we were told by the life guard that he would have to take a swim-test and IF he passed, he could then go down the slides. So...with quite a bit of trepidation (literally...his lips were shaking as if he were freezing...BLESS HIS SWEET LIL' HEART!!!!), he dropped in to the Olympic sized pool to ready himself. He had to swim the entire length without any assistance. I stayed in the pool with him and acted like it was just a game...he was the cat...I was the mouse! He did BEAUTIFULLY! Next, it was one minute of treading water...once again...no problem there. Then he had to jump in feet first...to which I looked at the life guard and said -
"seriousely?...you don't think he can do that?!?!" Shep made our point by doing a huge cannon ball in his face. :) Needless to say - he did so good that Chad and I decided we might need to check in to the swim team...after speaking with one of the coaches for Fleming Island, we've decided to go on Monday and let him try it out. :) OH - and he did the water slides about 100x before we left today!
And, poor Rauly! She wanted to go down the slide so much that she asked if she could take a swim test too! I finally gave in and got in the adult portion of the pool and she SHOCKED me by swimming all on her own about 3/4 of the way by herself. A life guard saw her and told me that as far as they were concerned, she had actually passed that portion of the swim test...all she would have to do is tread water for 30 seconds. I didn't feel comfortable with her "passing the test" though simply because I feel like she's still too dependant. But, she really impressed me with her determined spirit!
The next pics are of Chad playing Hide-n-Seek with Shep and Rauly...he hid under Shepherd's bunk bed and the kids looked for about 5 minutes before I finally had to suggest they peek under the bed....they laughed SOOOOOO hard once they found him!