If you have read here before you know my sons swim competitively. This will be their third winter season, and this summer was their third summer season. They love to swim, it is an amazing way for them to get their intense energy out while participating in a sport that is mostly solo, it is still part of a team. From August 1st till the first week of October we get the longest break of the year. It’s nice we can pursue other friends and activities, but after a while I can tell it is time for swimming to start.
I am here to say, it is time for swimming to start. The boys swim three to four nights a week and have one or two meets on the weekend. It is a commitment but one I do happily for them. Every September when it is time to sign up for swimming I ask them if I should sign them up. I ALWAYS get the same reaction, duhhhhh Mom why would you even ask, of course we want to swim. Both of us. Having them love the same sport is just too easy.
Tonight in prep of swim season the boys got the traditional bi-annual shave down. Of course we coupled it with our nightly dance party. Hair shaving and dance party had us having one wild, grooming time. I love when the head shave happens. No reminding them to condition their hair in the shower, no hair sticking up in the morning that needs to be
tamed, and sometimes they go to school smelling of chlorine from the night before.
I really hope Ryan brings the idea of the team from the summer swim team to the winter. The winter team is harder for Ryan. The sound bounces off the walls of the indoor pool and he has a very hard time waiting his turn to race on winter team. Indoor team swim meets are chaotic affairs. The last few season my job on the team was to keep Ryan in line waiting for his events, make sure he knew his stroke, and make sure he got up on the block on time. This was because he would become super agitated and would not be able to focus with all the sound bouncing around. After the amazing summer season I am thinking positive that things will be easier for him.
Aaron has been eating a ton in advance of the swim season and after he lost four pounds over the summer he gained it back and four more pounds which for him is HUGE. When he was last weighed he was in the 35% for weight for his age. He has come so far on the weight gain front.
I am pretty damm hopeful for this swim season. It really does not matter if they ever win, it is all about the fun, being part of the team, and the amazing drain to their energy.
Wish us luck.
(I tried to take a pic of the boys and I together but it came out too dark. The soundtrack to the hair cut party was LMFAO Party Rock Anthem. No laughing or making fun of me allowed)