Saturday, July 20, 2013
Bob has wanted the kids to do swim team for, well, forever. He and his family are all total fishes in the water, and they did swim team, diving, lifeguarding, the whole water thing, while they were growing up. I, on the other hand, greatly dislike water. I don't like water on my face, in my hair, anywhere, really, and I despise being in a swimsuit, especially after having so many kids. So swim team was never my priority, certainly not in the early summer mornings!
When we moved here to VA back in 2004, we didn't realize that pretty much every neighborhood around here has their own pool and swim team. That was not even on our radar screen as something to look for, so we landed in a small neighborhood, one of the only ones without a pool. I was never bothered, but the kids and Bob do enjoy swimming in the summer, so we would pay to join pools around us, but either not really close enough to do swim team, or one without a team. But this year the mom of one of Nathan's football teammates emailed to say a friend was selling her membership to their pool, and it was really cheap. I also happened to know this friend from homeschooling, so I contacted her right away, and we bought her membership. The pool is still not right in our neighborhood, but it is an easy drive--about 10 minutes away--and not fighting traffic. It's really nice, and it was so nice to already know Leanne and her family. They are bigwigs in the whole swim scene, so she was able to help us know what to do.
Once practices moved to the mornings, Caleb and Jonathan had practice from 8:30-9:15. So I would nurse Drew at 7:45, leave him and everyone else with the older boys, drop off Caleb and Jonathan at the pool, and then I would walk for 45 minutes in the neighborhoods all around the pool! It was so fun to walk around new neighborhoods! I have walked around our neighborhood sooooo many times, with all these pregnancies and the gestational diabetes especially. Nothing new to see there!