Since moving to the US, I’m often asked what my favourite things are about living here. And well, the weather has to come near the top of that list!
Kicking off the summer with a fun afternoon in the pool with friends is simply not something I could have imagined us doing before we moved here. And knowing that a long hot summer stretches ahead of us, with plenty of time for beach and pool trips is still enough of a novelty to make me excited.
After a fairly mixed May and a cool start to June the weather finally picked up. Just in time for an invitation to a BBQ with the added bonus of a pool :)
I’m conscious that our lifestyle here means that the kids will spend a huge amount of time around water. Making sure that they are comfortable and confident in the water is therefore incredibly important. As is keeping a close eye on them at all times, of course. But ultimately, they will spend time away from us with their friends, so teaching them to be careful, independent and respectful around water is vital.
Afternoons like this one where we were right next to them, sitting on the side of the pool watching closely, are ideal to give them a little more freedom in the water.
My eldest is on the swim team, so is a very strong swimmer. My younger son passed the deep end test at the outdoor pool this year (meaning that he is now allowed to swim anywhere in the pool on his own), and is very comfortable in the water. My daughter is also coming on leaps and bounds and is confident and capable, although must wear her puddle jumper at all times. She knows this and will make sure that she has it on whenever she is near the water.
Seeing the kids in the water, having fun together is wonderful. It still makes me a little nervous, though I don’t think that’s a bad thing (careful and respectful!), but watching them become such confident swimmers is fantastic.
The wee girl had the best time! Playing with her brothers, showing off her ‘scooping’ and kicking, and swimming back and forth across the pool. She absolutely loves being in the water, and I’m so pleased to see her swimming so well.
A summer full of time in the pool will stand her in good stead when swim classes start again in the autumn :)
So, here’s to plenty of sunshine for the rest of the summer and lots more afternoons like this one!