Spring Break Spectacular

We are wrapping up an unusually adventurous spring break for us. We even started early, by taking the kids out of school a day early so we could get a head start.

Our first stop? SPACE CAMP. I lived my best 1986 life, and I think the kids had fun too. We attended a three day Pathfinder program with Scouts, and I cannot say enough good things about it. It was action-packed, it was exhausting, and it was amazing. More on that in a different post.

 

Sunday we parted ways with our group and headed south to the BEACH.

Everything in Gulf Shores and the Florida/Alabama coast revolves around water. The islands are narrow enough you can see both sides at once- the Gulf of Mexico as well as the channel. Every building has a pool, boats rides are on every corner, and there’s even fishing while you wait at restaurants.

Water is everywhere. It made me very glad the kids are old enough to be cautious, and that they have a good foundation in water safety thanks to Goldfish Swim school. They respected the rules and taught me some things about riptides.

I was seriously hoping for a week of sunshine and beaches, but the forecast did not cooperate. Instead of a week of swimming in the gulf, we got lessons in the warning flags and riptide safety. On double red flag days,  we walked the beach and played in the sand.  After three days of double red flags, we were relieved to have just a single red flag on Wednesday. Yes, that was our standard – “at least it’s not illegal to get in the water  today.” it was one amazing day in the sand and surf, complete with wave jumping and jellyfish catching.

Water was everywhere on this vacation . It made me very glad the kids are old enough to be cautious, and that they have a good foundation in water safety thanks to Goldfish Swim school. They respected the rules and taught me some things about riptides.

We had an amazing week and can’t wait to return!

Disclosure: Thanks to Goldfish Swim School for partnering with us  to build my school-age swimmers’ confidence in exchange for my honest review of their programs! 

Progress -Looking Back on a Year of Year Round Swimming

There’s a saying that goes something like, “A year from now, you’ll be glad you started today.” There are plenty of things I could start, but one thing I’m glad we started a year ago was classes at Goldfish Swim School.

The Fox has been swimming now, weekly, for a year and a month, and the word that comes to mind is Progress. He started in a midlevel class – comfortable in the water, but not able to swim for much distance, and his strokes were limited.

Now he swims for an hour at time at Swim Force, and can complete lengths of the pool easily. His strokes are fluid, and he takes any critique seriously.

What he’s learned by sticking with swimming also applies outside the pool – when he starts to lose patience, I remind him that it took weeks for him to coordinate his butterfly, and now he’s really good at it.

Goldfish has been great not only for his technique, but his confidence. A year from now, I can’t imagine how far he’ll be able to swim!

Disclosure: Thanks to Goldfish Swim School for partnering with us  to build my school-age swimmers’ confidence in exchange for my honest review of their programs! 

Burning Off Energy During the Winter Months

We’re buying lotion and chapstick by the vat, my nine year old has proposed we get a whole house humidifier and we have one more built in snow day left before the district resorts to an undetermined plan B.

It is winter in Indiana, and it’s been a cold couple of weeks. Not only are we all dehydrated from the cold, dry air, we fluctuate from being in catatonic nap state to stir crazy.

How do you keep school age kids active during the winter months? Fast food play places don’t cut it any more, it’s too cold for most parks, and they’ve outgrown the little trampoline I bought during the Polar Vortex.

I understand now why basketball is a winter sport. Not only do the kids get to run around, it’s a reason for parents to get out and socialize. Every Thursday and Saturday, we bundle up and head to the basketball league. Some blustery weekends, it’s the only time we leave the house. It’s great exercise for the kids, and it’s a great time to catch up with friends on the sidelines.

Swimming is his other regular outlet this winter. Tuesday night is Swim Force practice at Goldfish Swim School, and the whole team keeps moving the entire hour.  He comes out warm and tired and ready for a sound sound sleep. Also, everyone goes home wearing their pajamas, and it’s the cutest thing.

Other active things we try to get to during the winter:

Nerf Gun Events! The local community center hosts a Friday night nerf party where kids can run around and play with each other.

Unlimited Laser Tag! A couple of places have specials where it’s all you can play laser tag for one low price. It’s completely worth the price of admission.

The Wii! We have an original Wii, and a couple editions of Just Dance. When we are snowed in and restless, we start the music and take turns shaking our tail feathers. It’s always fun, and heart rates are always raised!

Open Swim! Goldfish has weekday open swims (handy for the random day off) and Friday night family swims.  We also visit other pools, and since the kids are confident swimmers (thanks to Goldfish), they always have a great time.

I know winter doesn’t last forever, it only feels like it. Until it’s over, look for me at the pool or on the basketball court -I’ll probably be there!

Disclosure: Thanks to Goldfish Swim School for partnering with us  to build my school-age swimmers’ confidence in exchange for my honest review of their programs!