Firsts, thirteenths, one-hundred-fifths and more

We knew going into it August was going to be a whirlwind. We wren’t wrong.

First day of school – eighth grade and fifth grade.. MaM’s thirteenth birthday and her first rated PG-13 movie at the theater.  It was the first time I attended the Family of Farmers  State Fair day by myself. Trip one to Chicago to celebrate my sil’s fortieth birthday with our first taste of Korean BBQ and first time at family karaoke. Celebrating my grandma’s ONE-HUNDRED-FIFTH birthday, which was special and incredible and a day we’ll always remember. Our second trip north on for the month was our first visit to family in Wisconsin.

The Fox completed his twentieth month of consecutive swim lessons  at Goldfish Swim School, and held his own when kids challenged him to swim at the Y.  It was our third month of enjoying the neighborhood pool.

It was the first time for me to present at a digital marketing conference. I really enjoyed the experience, even though it was kind of all consuming the week of the conference.

And that was August. You understand if I don’t surface again til October, right?



Goodbye, July

We spent more time at home in July, and the amount of day camp laundry and Costco snacks we’ve plowed through shows it. Since the Fox has taken an interest in money, I’ve been using it to my advantage. Now he gets $2 for every load of laundry he does and $1 for having his day camp act together on time every morning.

July 4th was spent swimming and watching fireworks with friends, and many summer nights were spend walking the dog. I snuck away for a weekend with my oldest friends (I met them in 1987. I’m not kidding when I say oldest), MaM got some one on one time with grandparents, and the Fox and Leilan went on their first backpacking campout together.














Friday was the event the Fox has been waiting for – his second Swim Force swim meet. He signed up for two events, and despite having swum 2x that day at day camp (this was swimming week!), he gave it his all and was rewarded with two blue ribbons. And, more importantly to him, PIZZA. It was  fun night to cheer all the kids on and see how much they’ve all progressed. Swim Force continues to be a great way for him to keep developing his technique and build endurance. If your kids have passed out of lessons this summer, consider having them join Swim Force. It’s a great way to insure they’ll retain everything they’ve worked on!

I’m glad we kind of chilled out in July, because August is almost already completely booked. School starts August 2nd. August 3rd MaM will officially be a teenager. August 10th we’ll celebrate Catherine with a “C” turning 105. There’s also the State Fair, the Indy Fringe Festival and other family fun scheduled. And our pool doesn’t close til Labor Day

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! 

June is in the Rearview

Oh June, you were good to us.

There was road tripping, hotel living, swimming, sightseeing, family visits, friends visits, toes in the ocean and more. There’s also been a couple of weeks of summer camp, and some glorious “at home” days where no one goes anywhere.

The Fox turned TEN, which is surreal. He’s made his first major spending decision and purchased an XBox with his own money, He’s completed his first stint at Webelos overnight (!!!) camp, and well, I expect him to start shaving soon. 

Between the both kids, they’ve taken approximately 87 swim tests to swim at assorted pools and I’ve cut off just as many wristbands. As much as they roll their eyes to take yet ANOTHER swim test, I’m so glad that pools do this. No one wants to think about accidents and water rescues, but they happen every year.  Last year in Indiana alone, there were 114 drownings, 29 of which where children. Goldfish Swim School (our go-to place for swim lessons that include water safety) has joined the Indiana Drowning Prevention Coalition .

This coalition exists simply to prevent the unthinkable from happening, and teaching water safety is a huge component of that.

Yes, kids, you’re going to take another swim test before the lifeguards let you in the deep end. Again.

Yes, kids, you’re going to take a swim break as dictated by pool policy to give yourselves a break and for the staff to clear the pool.

No, kids, you can’t swim in the hotel pool unless Dad or I are in the room watching you. Yes, you’ll have to get out if we, even if only to go to the front desk for something.

No, kids, we’re not getting in the water if there’s a double red flag. Or if it’s thundering. Or if there’s anything that makes it unsafe.

Summer is more fun anyway when everyone’s being safe. Here’s to July being just as much fun and waterlogged as June!

(Haven’t signed up for swim lessons yet? It’s not too late to register for a July Jump-Start clinic – 5 lessons in 5 days and you’re done!)