Well day one of swimming was almost a bust. My hubby works at the local university so Mini and I suited up to hit the pool. Got over there, swiped my ID (dressed in my suit with mini in her water wings), and cross over to the big closed sign on the pool. Um, what?!? No mention of this on the website, nothing on the door, the girl at the desk didn't mention it as we water winged our way into the building. But alas, there will be no swimming in the dark, empty pool. not only is it closed, its closed for the next MONTH! The tears start up as Mini is devastated by this news. I walk back to Susie Oblivious at the desk and was like, "so, I guess no swimming." She looks up from her magazine and responds, "oh, us that why she is wearing those. yeah,. sorry. Pool is closed. There is a paper somewhere." Then she shuffles through the stack of print outs on her counter until she finds something about the pool closure. Great. Tears still coming from Mini.
Think! Ok, so I call the city rec to see if they have open swim now. Hallelujah they do, so we get back in the car and drive to the city rec. Once we arrive and walk in, Mini remembers our scout trip here. The girls learned about healthy eating and fitness and got to do some exercises. She seems happy to be here and asks why we don't come more. Well, we don't have memberships anymore. This answer seems SUPER lame though, especially now with our Family Challenge. What to do? Easy, renew! So I renew the family membership and we are off to the pool.
The water actually feels glorious. We have opted for the actual rec and not the outdoor pool too so we have the pool pretty much to ourselves. Mini doesn't really know how to swim (yet) so this is a 2 fold victory. We get some kick boards and set to it. Before I now it, we have been floating and paddling around for an hour! We still have to hit the grocery store though so I pull a very reluctant and unhappy girl out of the water with a promise to return the next day.
Now, I don't know of it was the swimming, the hike she took with dad and dog earlier...or just natural inclination but she loaded our cart with fresh fruit and veggies. I LOVED it!
Today at work I get a text, "when will you be home?" Someone wanted the family to swim together. So i finish up my day and head home and this is what I am greeted with
In her suit ready to go back to the pool. I have to say here in all honesty, the hubs was already in his suit too. :)
I hurry upstairs to get my suit on to and we head off. For day 2 since there were 2 grown ups in the pool, we were ab;e to take turns doing laps while the other played with Mini. Another fine hour of swimming in for the day, and later this evening we are heading out on a family hike! Look out world, here we come.
If it were up to Mini, we would be swimming everyday. And while I do like love the full body, non-impact work outs we get in the pool...I need a little variety in my workouts. We girls may try and squeeze in a short bike ride before the hike. We are just on fire. Hopefully we are going just as strong in 40 more days!