We are in the throes of swim team. 7:30am practice almost every morning. Saturday meets. Lots of hard work going on.
The girls didn't really want to do swim team this summer. They would have preferred to take ballet. But the ballet summer classes were long and expensive and on different days for each girl. Swim team is a great sport for a large family. They can all go together to practice and to the meets.
They can cheer each other on. They can set their own goals. They get a great workout. They're tired at night. (It's just the rest of the livelong day I have to figure out how in the world to keep them entertained on summer weekdays!)
And as their daddy says, swimming is a skill that could save a life one day, theirs or someone else's. It's so great to have confident swimmers, especially when we've got other small children who need a lot of supervision around the water.
One of our kids tried to quit, but Daddy was encouraging and helped changed her mind. Now they're all enjoying themselves, meeting new friends, enjoying some fellow homeschooling friends, and working on a sport that's different from what they usually do.
Swim team here in south Texas is so very different from the Houston suburbs! It's laid back, and it's actually SUMMER swim league. In Houston the meets start in early May and are pretty much finished by mid-June. Here we will continue through the end of July. There are only 40 kids on the team as opposed to the 100+ on our team in Houston. The meets are slow, disorganized, and there's lots of space for everyone to pitch tents and roam around. In Houston you are packed like sardines, it runs smoothly, but it runs LONG, and those hot Saturday mornings are rough!
Also, in Houston the kids compete against many children who swim year-round. They don't have much of a chance at making it to any special meets, or even to be on a relay team at their basic meets. Our kids are not the fastest swimmers, but they are determined, and they enjoy themselves.
Steven Joseph may be the most determined swimmer on the team. This was his only race at his first meet, and it was his first time to make it across the pool without grabbing the rope. It was also the first time he'd ever done side breathing. All the kids cheered him on from the side; he's like the team's mascot!
And the most amazing thing of all was that the kids finally convinced him to try jumping in the water and putting his face in. He'd never done it before and was so proud of himself!
Swimming is one of my favorite summer time memories. I'm glad we can enjoy swim team, hotel pools, the club with my parents, and next year...the pool two blocks away! Can't wait! Where do you enjoy swimming in the summer?