This past week the kids had their last week of swim lessons. Neither of them had any experience swimming prior to these lessons and they both progressed a ton. Abigail even got to the point where she didn’t want to leave the pool at the end of her lesson (when she started, it was reversed) and Joseph finished strong with swimming across the pool unassisted. We’re super proud of them! I didn’t get many pictures this week, but I do have some videos to share to make up for it. 🙂
This past week held a few sort of spontaneous situations:
Situation #1: The kids started swimming lessons. I’ve been saying that we needed to get them into lessons, but the situation never felt right. Then a friend of mine, who does one-on-one lessons, opened up another session. I signed the kids up with her and it’s been so great! We’re only one week in (they have one more week to go) and they are both doing…swimmingly. 😉 Joseph has gone from being only comfortable with standing in the water (he has never liked putting his face in the water) to swimming with a bit of help across the pool. Abigail has gone from screeching like a banshee to being more comfortable in the pool.
Situation #2: since we finished paying off the car that Paul primarily drives, we have been researching vehicles to replace the family car, since it was starting to get up there in age (we didn’t want to miss the window for still getting a decent trade-in value). The problems we were running into were lack of inventory and higher APR rates. Paul watched the rates and when they started getting better, we started looking for cars. There were a couple that we thought we might get, but with one, we found out that it was pre-sold (the salesperson we were dealing with didn’t realize it). With the other, it ended up getting sold because of a miscommunication between two salespeople. Another one popped up and we talked about it briefly and then hurried down to the dealership to buy it before it got sold. It was stressful for a bit (is it ever not?), but we got it accomplished!
Situation #3: We decided to take the kids out to the Hill Country for a kind of quirky family field trip. Out in kind of the middle of nowhere is a replica of Stonehenge…along with a couple of replicas of the Easter Island stone heads. We took the kids out there to check it out. It was rather hot, so we didn’t stay long, but we did tell the kids that we might go back another time when it wasn’t so hot (there’s no admission fee, so we didn’t lose out anything there…and the drive through the Hill Country is almost always pleasant).
The beginning of the week pretty much started off normally. Friday, I decided we needed to get out of the house and have some fun. We drove out to the zoo and looked at a few of the animals before it got too hot (thank goodness for zoo passes). We then got onto the zoo train for a ride. One of the stops along the trip is the Witte Museum, which is primarily a natural history museum. We got off at the stop for the Witte and explored the museum for a couple of hours. Then we walked back to where the train had dropped us off and waited for the next train (trains pass by roughly every 20-30 minutes). We just had to show them our tickets and we were able to ride it back to the depot. It was a fun time!