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L1260063_cropped_2Last Saturday, Iain tested for his Blue Belt. Can’t believe he’s a blue belt already…one more belt (blue belt with black stripe) in Tiny Tigers and then he’s on to Karate for Kids! He’s SUPER excited about moving up since some of his friends moved up without him (of course…they are older but that doesn’t matter to him…he’s really eager to move up!). He’s been doing Taekwondo for almost 2 years (2 years the end of Aug.) and still LOVES it! He practices it at home all the time…even more now that we’ve actually set up his punching bag in the basement. He still has difficulty with jump kicks but he’s working on it and…look how high his kicks are getting?! No more kicking at the ground 🙂

Sporting his new blue belt.

Sporting his new blue belt.

L1260250Tomorrow is his last day of swim lessons for this session…then he has a few weeks off and then another session of lessons mid-July. His instructors let me know today that Iain passed Level 2…he’ll get the paper tomorrow telling him to move on to Level 3 🙂 So…the next session in July, he will be in Level 3. He may struggle a little because he’s little (he’s short for a 5 year old and he’s in classes with 6-10 year olds…so…they go out into deeper water where the other kids can reach but he can’t…he doesn’t really care, though) but he does all of his strokes and floats and everything PERFECT (that’s their word 🙂 ). It really is fun to watch him swim…they do some complex stuff, too I don’t know swimming terms…my kind of “swimming” is being in water I can stand in so I don’t have to swim…I can swim well enough if I have to but I definitely don’t enjoy swimming. I did when I was younger…but even then…I could merely swim well enough to get by)…and he just DOES it. It’s awesome! Considering he hardly ever swims (before last Monday the last time he swam was a year ago and he didn’t learn anything near as complicated as what he’s doing now). The instructors started doing Level 3 stuff with his class…and he can just do it. Pretty cool. Karate has definitely helped with his coordination and his listening!

L1260252His instructors also asked if he would want to join the Swim Team next year (he’s not old enough this year) so…Iain’s bouncing off the walls to join! He only has to wait a year…which is like…a decade to a 5-year-old. Haha. So…next year…he’s going to be joining the Swim Team. That’s definitely NOT something I thought I’d ever say. Talk about activities unlike any Jim and I did when we were little! But…he’s only 5 and REALLY good…and he just LOVES it. I got him his first pair of goggles Tuesday (they are SUPER goggles…sunglasses, flex fit, anti-fog and they actually WORK…no water gets in them…they have come a long way since I was little) and he LOVES them. He was slightly disappointed that he has to come up for air still so now he wants a snorkel so he can “live underwater” haha.

Doing a back float :-)

Doing a back float 🙂

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Swim Lessons

Today was the first day of swim lessons…he moved up to Level 2 this year, which I was kind of concerned about since he only swims like 4 weeks out of the entire year but he did really well! He’s eager to learn and do things “all by himself”. His only issue is that he gets a little too eager sometimes and forgets that he needs to LISTEN. All too common but it only lasts a second so…that’s ok. Like his instructor said after his “test”…”he’s short…but he’s doing very well”. That he is…he’s the shortest in the group by a lot…which doesn’t sound like it would be an issue with swimming except he can’t reach the bottom and all the other kids can…so it’s definitely tough sometimes. But he’s a trooper.

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So much fun…and he still has two more weeks in this session 🙂

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I’m not going to even pretend I’m good at blogging any more. So…if I write here from time to time…I see that as a success.

These past couple weeks, Iain has had swim lessons. His first time in the water by himself. Not that you’d know. At all. He got right in and acted like he’d always been swimming. Funny. He LOVES to dunk and spent about 90% of his lessons underwater…dunking and swimming underwater. He figured out how to swim underwater by himself…that’s not something they teach in the preschool class…but he figured out it could be done and he loves it. We’d only signed him up for one two-week session…because honestly…he’s BUSY this summer but…after the awesome time he had the past two weeks…we decided to sign him up for another two-week session…in Level 1 instead of preschool. He’s such a good little swimmer and has sooooo much fun…how could we not squeeze in another couple weeks of lessons?

He also started his camo belt classes a couple weeks ago. Now…he loved his karate classes before…but now…he has a whole new LOVE for them. He totally enjoys sparring (the little kids are pretty funny to watch, too)…and he has fun learning his nunchucks, too (though he’s only had that a couple times…he’ll have more this week). He spars against his little friends…and hasn’t quite gotten the idea of it…but he’s just starting and he’s 4 so…that’s ok…he’s having fun with it and that’s great 🙂 The rest will come with time and age.

We decided to sign him up for karate camp, after all. At first we weren’t going to…we put quite a bit of time and money into his karate as it is…between monthly fees, gear and tournaments…but…we just couldn’t NOT let him go. He’s going to have so much fun! Three days…three hours each…of just karate? Awesome.

He’s also going to Vacation Bible School at the end of July…so…between that…karate camp (and classes)…more swim lessons…car shows…Medieval Faire…etc…we are BUSY this summer…but that’s how summers are supposed to be.

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Karate School!!!

Iain’s last parent/child swim lesson was this morning 😦 He did so beyond well that I’m not even almost tentative to put him into the preschool swim class next year (he really should have been in it this year…but by the time I found that out at the beginning of the summer…all the preschool classes were full…ah well). He even jumps correctly now (without me holding his hands or anything)…not surprising…I was the one holding him back and as soon as I stepped back and asked him to jump…he did all by himself no problem so…I’m thinking it will be WAY better for him to go in by himself next year…so I don’t hold him back. I’m trying not to be sad about not having swim lessons with him anymore…it’s not like we’ll never go swimming together again…haha…just will have to make a point to actually go to the beach. You know…we still haven’t been this year…and summer is almost over!!

Well…I finally called the karate school this afternoon and made an introductory appt!!! So beyond psyched. It’s on Tuesday because Jim has the day off and he just couldn’t miss this appointment. If we like it and think it’s something he will like (which I’m pretty confident about! since he already does fake karate around the house and LOVES teachers and follow direction and excelling at such things)…the classes are twice a week, 30 minutes each…awesome 🙂

I will let you know how the appointment goes on Tuesday. Right now…I’m off to get my haircut.

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Swim Lessons

I just realized this morning that we had 3 more lessons this year and that we’re down to the last few lessons I’ll have with him…next year he goes in by himself. It’s kind of bittersweet. This is our third year of doing swim lessons together and it’s SOOOOO much fun…he’s such a little fish (“BIG fish, mom…I’m a BIG fish”…I guess he would be big for a fish…haha)…but at the same time…I’m so excited he’s getting to do things by himself slowly but surely. He’s getting to be such a big boy…and a FANTASTIC kid. It’s a lot of fun to stand back and see how far he’s come… Even now…though I’m in the water with him…he does a lot by himself. He can swim by himself…but only for a few and then he gets too tired…it’s draining! And today he started dunking by himself again (he did that last year…but he wouldn’t do it this year). During the last 10 minutes of class, we go to the shallow end so the kids can play with toys. Iain found a toy that sunk…and just started throwing it around and dunking under the water to get it…like it was something he’s done for a long time. He’d throw it…dunk and get it…come up just long enough to throw it and right back under he went. Awesome! Kind of freaked me out how long he’d stay under there just to get the toy! but he never came up coughing! and he loved it…and spent the entire 10 minutes throwing and dunking…and then I had to ensure him that he’d get to do it again tomorrow before he’d actually get out of the pool. Quite the change from the past couple days where he was the first one out of the pool ’cause he was COLD (he’s usually way more into the swimming than the playing with toys…yay for finding a sinking toy 🙂 ). Today he didn’t care…he was dunking! Helped that the instructor kept praising him…he’s BIG on teacher praise! Haha.

Well…two more lessons…

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Swim Lessons

Another two week session of swim lessons started yesterday. We were the only ones in the class so…they cancelled our class and we are going to the 10:30 class instead of the 11:50…whatever. Doesn’t really matter either way…way better to be in a class with others than by ourselves…nothing like singing those silly songs all by ourselves…haha. Had fun at yesterday’s lesson all the same…still had the lesson…just got to do whatever we/Iain wanted.

Today we were rained/thundered/lightninged out so…tomorrow we will go to our new class. Can’t wait!

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We have had a week of swim lessons now…every morning for 35 minutes. Lots of fun but kind of exhausting. We are doing the parent/child class again…like last year. He could have (age-wise) gone into the pre-school class, which is 3-5…but I wasn’t comfortable signing him up for that this year. I mean…it’s not like we live in the water…he hasn’t been swimming since last August…so I just wasn’t comfortable just sending him in on his “own” (yeah…they have an instructor…but still). So…he’ll do that next year…and the year after (still 2 years before level 1).

Anyway…that said…it’s amazing the difference a year can make! Last year…he’d kick…and he’d paddle his arms if I asked…and he’d blow bubbles and all that…but this year…he just does it…no prompting necessary. And…last year…I was totally holding him up in the water…and luckily this year…it’s pretty much 50/50 (sometimes even less on my part). Yesterday, he started doing a kind of scary thing and trying to jump away from me in the water saying “let go, mommy! Let me go!” (yeah…he’s a little bossy) The scary part? He’s pretty strong…and almost 40 lbs…and there is the potential of him actually succeeding. AHHHHH! And…trying to explain to him that he can’t quite swim on his own yet…isn’t really working…because he can keep his head above water most of the time without my help…but we are in 4′ of water so when he gets tired (which happens quite quickly) he can’t just stand up. He doesn’t believe me on that one, either…he tries telling me he can walk…and then pretends to walk in the water…yeah…pretend and reality…are two different things, kid. At the same time…when he realizes that I am walking on the “ground”…he says “wow mom…you’re walking? you’re big mommy!” The number of times he calls me “big” is ridiculous…it’s a good thing I know “big” usually means “tall” and not “fat”…at least in this case…it means “tall”…haha…because I’d seriously stop eating if I was anywhere as “big” as he says I am…haha. He also whines about being “little”…he does that a lot…he whines about being “too little”…”too small” and does his whimpering/not-completely-serious cry…a LOT. The funniest is when he holds out his hands…looks down at them and says (in his cry-y/pity-me voice)…”my hands are too small…they are too little”. And if I hold out my hand…he says “wow…you’re hand is BIG mom!”…there will be a time when he learns the truth about that one…haha…

Anyway…so he’s under the impression that he can swim all by himself…and walk in 4′ of water…haha…which tells me 1) he will be ok by himself next year… and 2) we are definitely waiting till next year when he will hopefully listen about the “NO YOU CAN’T!” a little better.

He’s pretty funny…I wish I could get the face he makes when he can ACTUALLY walk in the water…when we go down to the shallow end at the end of class to play with toys…he looks like he thinks he’s the coolest thing EVER. It’s hilarious!!! And he makes it every time. He did that last year, too. Too funny!!!

Picture time! These were taken on Monday (first day) when Jim came with us. He promises to get better pictures this Monday…haha…I’d settle for closer (as these were from very far away – I cropped them so you could see us! – because he didn’t want to get too close to the pool/come out of the shade) and more consistent wouldn’t be bad, either. Like…maybe auto setting would be good…just to get decent pictures…or he could use the settings I told him…but he LOVES playing with settings on cameras! Yes…I should be happy we have pictures at all rather than complaining about the quality of the ones he got…but that wouldn’t be very me…haha…and he knows it. Sorry! I did thank him for taking them, though…because they are, in fact, better than nothing 🙂 I can be such a ***** sometimes. Ah well…that’s not news to anyone!

I do have to say…I LOVE the waterpark we take swim lessons at! Sure…there’s the whole chance of getting “rained out” but…honestly…they have swim lessons still if it’s raining (did that last year…you’re already going to get wet!)…and they have safety lessons inside if there’s thunder/lightning so…it’s all good. Plus…it’s worth having the chance of being “rained out”…for the absolutely gorgeous mornings in the sun like today!

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