Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Water Fun!

For several years now, we have had a fish named Michaela. Actually, she's a girl -- she just swims like a fish! Michaela spends much of her summers at our neighborhood pool as part of the local swim team. She was given the honor of holding the flag for the opening ceremonies of last night's swim meet. She also had great fun giving Mom and Dad a real fright at the meet. She's been wanting to learn to do a flip turn at the halfway point of her 50 meter race but hadn't learned how yet -- or so we thought. So in the midst of her backstroke race, she rolls to her tummy. We thought she was going to be disqualified -- until she proceeded to execute a perfect flip turn! Not only did she conquer the tricky turn, but she managed to shave more than 2 1/2 seconds off her best time ever!
Timmy also has big water news. He's been wanting to learn to swim for a while now, but since he has absolutely refused to let his head get wet (ever!), we've figured it was most likely still a ways off. Then, out of the clear blue, while visiting the cousins on our trip to the 'boro last week, he jumps off the side of the pool, goes all the way under, comes up sputtering, and decides it is great fun! So today we decided it was a perfect pool day (hot and muggy!), so off we went. I had decided to try Timmy with arm floaties instead of his large swim vest. In we jumped, away he swam (with the floats on), and then he declared "I can swim!" Not quite, I replied, you still have arm floats on. But when he insisted that he could, I decided to give him a little taste of swimming by letting some of the air out of the arm floats. When he managed that with no trouble, I thought "Why not? Let's give it a try!" Off came the arm floats, and off he swam. By a stroke of luck, I happened to have my camera in the car and I was able to capture this picture. Fish #2 has arrived!


Blogger Jessi said...

Great job on the flip, Mich! And go Timbo, you can swim =)

Love Aunt Jessi

9:39 AM  
Blogger Chloe said...

Hey, what about the Chloe fish!!!= Chloe

8:48 AM  
Blogger Chloe said...

You need to start writing!

7:46 PM  
Blogger Chloe said...

Please, please, please write!!!

11:41 AM  

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