Today we decided to take the children swimming. I’d found out that a local pool had one of those giant inflatable obstacle courses which sounded like a lot of fun. I knew R would definitely enjoy it. So we headed out a bit after 11am with four very excited children.
Once we had changed, we all made our way to the beach pool and the kids played on the little slide. It’s a perfect size for small children, even little S can use it unaided. Then R spotted the giant inflatable, and dragged me off to go on with her.
You had to leap on from the side of the pool, which was fun in itself. Trying to land safely on a slippery, wet bouncy castle, floating on top of a swimming pool, whilst trying not to fall off and to maintain some dignity was not easy. Then I had to make my way through the course whilst a life guard at the side of the pool threw water at me, and eventually climb a slippery ladder and slide down into the pool.
It was fun, but I was quite conscious of the fact that I was slipping and sliding all over the place whilst in just my swimming costume with a large portion of my (very white) derrière on show!
R of course, thought it was fantastic and made me go on another 3 more times. She also managed to convince Daddy to have a go.
E asked if he could have a go, but one of the safety rules stipulated that you had to be able to swim 25 metres unaided. So I said to him that once he was able to swim I would take him on, but that it might be a while as he would need practice. With that he ran off to grab a woggle (also known in our house as a noodle) and asked me to teach him to swim!
He held the woggle under his arms and swam about the pool kicking his legs, a grin like the Cheshire cat on his face. He was so proud of himself.
Little S also showed off her skills, I pulled her around the pool as she held onto to a large float and kicked her legs.
It was really lovely to see the children happy and wanting to learn to swim. E hasn’t shown any interest in wanting to swim for a long time.
After swimming we popped to the shops, and the girls chose some new slippers to keep their toes warm though the winter. E got a new football and I picked up some new trainers in the sale and Daddy, well Daddy went home empty handed!