The last two weeks were filled with some tears and apprehension, but many triumphs and celebrations!
The girls had swimming lessons for the last two weeks with the best swimming teacher ever...Ms. Joanie! She was absolutely wonderful with the girls. She was tough, firm, and stuck to her guns while still being very patient and nurturing. She pushed the girls beyond their limits of what they thought they could do and they achieved so much!
Aubrey learned how to swim! She can now swim the length of the pool, do different strokes and kicks (of which we're still working on!), she can make a pillow and lay on her back to float, get her face wet without making a fuss, and dives under water to get objects on the bottom of the shallow end. We were so impressed and proud of her growth in such a short time! She was and eager little girl and wasn't afraid, she just needed to skills to help her actually swim and move along and she's got it now!
Lucy was a little more apprehensive in the water. She was afraid to get her face wet and go under water, but after the third of lesson she was able to get her face wet and put her face under water!! Lucy can now float on her back and do a 'pillow', kick with a kick board, go under water and pick up objects from the steps, crawl along the side of the pool, and most of all she's not scared and as apprehensive in the water! Amazing! Lucy made tremendous growth and we are also so very proud of her!
Lucy, when she was really concentrating, would stick her tongue out which was pretty amusing to us :).
Most of the lessons we did in Nana and Papa's pool, so the girls (especially Lucy) enjoyed time with their little dog Murphy while waiting for her lesson :)
And Lucy really liked to watch Aubrey swim :). She sat so quietly and still as she waited.
Ms. Joanie had such a special way of making Lucy smile throughout the weeks :).
What a great experience we had these last two weeks to actually see growth in our kids with their swimming skills. Now we can really enjoy the pool and water the rest of the summer and practice all the skills the girls learned! Thank you Joanie for teaching our girls so well!