Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Sweating Bullets

Yesterday, Abby began four weeks of swimming lessons. Yes, you heard me right, four weeks. She's going to learn how to swim this year or we're going to die trying. And by we, I totally mean me. Because while Abby is holding onto a kick-board in the pool, blowing bubbles in the water, I'm standing on the edge of the pool, fully clothed, sweating so profusely people are looking at me funny. And y'all, I don't like to sweat.

I never had an issue (Ahem.) with perspiration before having kids, but now, put me out in the sun for 5 minutes and it's flowing like a fountain. I had a feeling this could be a problem for me, so I totally dressed for the occasion. I had on my little cotton dress with my flip flops. But even with that, I had a moment where I was worried about the decency of my attire. Really, how much sweat does it take to render a cotton dress see through? Because I had buckets of it running down my back. It was bad.

And all this in only 25 minutes. Thank God it's only 25 minutes. Any longer and I might have left a puddle where I was standing. And that would have been embarrassing.

The upside: only 3 weeks, 3 days left. The downside: it's not even summer yet.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Summer Fun...or not

After an unusually cool day yesterday, today the June heat kicked back in. So, I thought it was the perfect day to get the kid's new sprinkler out. I had found this really cute sprinkler several months back at a local discount store. It's a huge plastic mat that's shaped like a turtle. You plug the water hose into it, it fills up with water and the water sprays up from the edges of the turtle.

The kids loved it! Abby was running through it, getting soaked. Grayson was a bit apprehensive at first, probably because the water was a wee bit chilly, but he got over it quickly. They were having a grand time! So, why don't I have pictures to show you what a great time they were having?

Once I got everyone situated in the sprinkler, I was headed in to get the camera to catch all this family fun on film. All of a sudden, there was a pop and the water spray started slowly going down. I went to check it out, and the entire bottom of the turtle had blown out! Water was gushing everywhere.

Yep, it lasted all of fifteen minutes. Perhaps the local discount store is not the best place to buy water toys. After all, what can $5 really buy you? Apparently, 15 minutes of water fun and then 2 very disappointed kids.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Baptism - Abby's Way

This past Sunday, Abby's BFF's sister was baptized at our church. I immediately thought, "Oh, teaching moment!" Now, before you think I'm all high and mighty, "teaching moment" is not generally my first thought. Usually, I yell and then I think, "Yeah, that would have been a good teaching opportunity." Oh, well. Parenting is a learning experience too.

Anyway, I did think it might open up some communication about baptism and its meaning if Abby actually saw a baptism. So, she got to go to "big church" Sunday morning, as opposed to staying in the preschool department during the worship service. And she did ask some questions, which I answered to the best of my ability.

And the experience has obviously stuck with her. So far this week, she has baptized all the Little People in the house. Animals included. Perhaps my explanation left out a few things...