Monday, July 29, 2013

Summer Fun

I have been so behind in my blog writing this summer.  I feel like this summer has been a whirlwind of activity for us.  It has been one busy activity after another.  We started off the summer with one week off.  The boys quickly went stir crazy, and I knew that they would need something to keep them occupied this summer.  The following two weeks they had swim lessons.  They enjoyed that a lot, and we got some extra swim time over at Grandma & Grandpa Youker's house.  After that, the two younger boys had a summer science class at OMSI.  Sam took a class called Let's Invent, and Daniel took a class called Urban Farming.  They both enjoyed their classes and learning new things.  The week after that it was Camp Meeting out at the Gladstone Camp Grounds.  We put in some long days going to camp meeting from Wednesday to Saturday.  But again, the boys had so much fun, and they got to hang with some great friends!  Which leads to last week, where we just got back from a week long visit to Cd'A to see my family and friends.  The next 2 1/2 weeks will be a bit quieter around here.  We don't have anything scheduled.  But then we will be taking one last trip to Sun River before gearing up for another school year.  What a busy, crazy summer!  I hope yours has been going well too!

Swim Lessons

OMSI Class

Camp Meeting


Friday, July 5, 2013

Swim Lessons 2013

The past 2 weeks the boys have been in swim lessons.  They go every day for 30 minutes each day for 2 weeks.  We've done this for many summers, and they really enjoy it.  This is the first summer I haven't had to be in the pool with one of them, so it was fun for me to sit and watch all of their activity. 

Daniel has really mastered the act of swimming.  This is the first summer that I feel confident that he can swim on his own.  I'm so proud of his progress.  Also I think his form is really good.  These last 2 weeks, he has learned side breathing with the breaststroke and has started to learn the backstroke. 

Practicing his Breaststroke

Sam is like a fish that is almost an independent swimmer.  He loves the water and enjoys splashing and playing.  He has no problem going under water or getting his face wet, etc.  He prefers to stay in the areas where he can touch though.  He also learned side breathing and the breaststroke this summer.  I'm sure by next summer he'll be swimming on his own.

Learning his Side Breathing

I wasn't sure Simon would be ready for a class by himself, but he proved to do just as well as his brothers.  He was so eager to get in the water each day.  He enjoys being in the water and playing, although he still is getting used to having his face all wet.  He learned to blow bubbles this summer.  He is quite comfortable in the water, and I know he'll be swimming too, along with his brothers.

Blowing Bubbles

Strike a Pose

Waiting for Lessons