Monday, June 30, 2008

water weenies

We had our first day of swimming lessons today. I decided to go ahead and start Mamie with Lilly this summer even though she's still pretty little. Lilly has been so excited that she has talked about swimming lessons, Miss Erin (her teacher), and being a guppy (from "Little Bill") for weeks now. She asks me every day, "When it goin be swimming lessons?" So, with all the excitement, combined with their love of the water and swimming pools, I was extremely optimistic that this would be a huge success. Not exactly. Lilly wailed pretty much the entire time about not wanting to go underwater, and screamed in sheer panic when the teacher would put Mamie under the water. I'm sure it will get better--it has to. Lilly had a few moments of calm where she seemed to enjoy herself, but mostly just obsessed over not wanting to go under the water. Mamie did pretty well, especially when Miss Erin put her underwater. I'll post again at the end of this little 2 week experiment and let you know if we're swimming or not! Just arrived--excited to get in the pool and learn to swim!
Mamie was not so fond of being put on her back.

Lilly did pretty well at this part--notice the choke-hold she has on her teacher


Mamie coming up from under the water--big girl!


One hilarious thing that I forgot to mention... The swimming teacher was asking Lilly, "What do you do if you are walking or playing by the pool and you fall in?" (looking for an answer here like, "kick to the side" or "float on your back") Lilly looked at her very seriously and said, "You Die."

8 comments:

kma said...

We are doing the sames things this summer with our kids..just posted swim lessons, too! Hang in there...they'll catch on! Good Luck! At least they look cute in their suits! :) Kelly

Courtney said...

Cute pics! I am sure Lilly will come around...

Angie said...

That's too funny. Maybe after swim lessons are finished, Mamie won't have anymore near-drownings in the wading pool. :-)

Anonymous said...

Lyla, We loved Lilly's song especially with the "cheese" chorus. Mamie is the loudest child in the world--she will be heard! Swimming lessons were interesting to say the least! Especially after Lilly's bragging to me about holding her breath--pretty funny. But we are very glad they are getting lessons and will learn and both will love it.Love y'all, Mom and Pop

Dee-Dee said...

Abby screamed and cried last summer about going under water too. This too, shall pass - she swims like a little fish now...
"You die."!!! That is hilarious!

thesemanchiks said...

That is so funny! But let me say...it will get better. Lauryn cried the whole lesson of her first three days of swim lessons :( But now she LOVES it! They are too cute!

April said...

You die??!!??! No wonder she doesn't want to go under water! That's too funny!! The girls are too cute in their matching suits!

chesley said...

Lilly's comment totally cracked me up! I guess you don't have to worry about wondering into some pool alone!