Thursday, June 26, 2008

Swim lessons-check.

The kids finished their swim lessons last week and they both improved SO much! We are so proud of them. Ella went from not wanting her face to get wet to putting her face in the water. And Aubrey went from a level 1 swimmer to level 3. She can now do the front AND the backstroke and she does it so well! She also learned to tread water and lots of other important stuff I don't know the names of:) I don't know if you remember last years posts about Aubrey's swim lessons last year, but the beginning of last summer(at the age of 5) she was still afraid to put her face in the water. She had been afraid since birth basically. Bathtime was always a struggle-she would totally freak if water even got close to her eyes. Last years swim lessons helped her to put her face in and begin swimming and now this year, theres no stopping her! To see her out there swimming like a fish this year is just a sight! She is even talking about wanting to join swim team(its a miracle I tell ya!). She loves to swim now, LOVES, LOVES it. Its amazing to watch your children learn and grow. It brings a satisfaction like no other.

Ready to swim!


If you look closely, you can see Ella winking at me. It made me laugh:) She is so cute.

Kick, kick, kick. Look at Ella's perfectly pointed toes. She was a great listener and always followed the directions to a tee. See how those other kids feet are like totally flyin' everywhere! Ella rocked them! I'm mean:) But you know I'm kidding.(Do I really have to clarify when I'm kidding anymore? Or can I just joke meanly and leave it at that?)


Aubrey jumping in! (She would NOT have done this last month!)


Cali and my friends daughter, Naomi, just chillin out. It was fun to have my friend, Sarah, there to chat with while our kids were in lessons.

Swim pro, Aubrey


Ella, Aubrey and their little friend, Christopher(Naomi's big bro)

Here's video of Ella jumping into the deep end in her lifejacket. The child before her jumped in and then started to cry. After that, I saw quite the panicked look on Ella's face and thought, great, now shes not going to do it. But then the teacher said, "Your turn Ella!" and Ella just did it. You can't tell in the video how big she was smiling, but she was beaming! She was so proud of herself! If you can't see the video on the blog(which I can't, darnit, whats up photobucket?), click here to view it. Also I need to give this warning: I sound like a lunatic on this video.








In this clip, you can see Aubrey doing her frontstroke and then her backstroke(or frontcrawl/backcrawl, I'm not savy on the swim terminology:) I think it helped that her goal was the muscley lifeguard she had a leetle crush on:) He really inspired her(I'm not kidding actually). If the video isn't working, click here to view.



Great job girls!

14 comments:

cyndi/mom/nana said...

YEAH!! Go Aubrey, Go Ella. I can attest that they definitely have come a good ways on their swimming. They showed us this past week and we are most definitely impressed. You can really see their form. Woo hoo. Not too much longer and they'll probably be surfing with daddy. Cali your turn will be soon.

The Kahumokus said...

Yeah for swim lessons! My boys start next month. I hope they will swim with such form!!

Jessica said...

Where do your girls take swim lessons at? They are so cute! About the Hirschi thing...that is my maiden name. It is not a common name especially if it is spelled this way. I'm sure we are related some how. It's probably distant though. How funny.

Jan said...

Yay for your girls! I love seeing them learn and get brave and progress like that. The look on their faces is precious.

Zim Family said...

Way to go Aubrey and Ella! You girls are awesome!!

Zim Family said...

Way to go Aubrey and Ella! You girls are awesome!!

hoLLy said...

jess-its the city's program. only $30 bucks for 8 sessions and the kids love it. check out the city's website and click on parks/rec then aquatics. there are still some openings for the end of july and beginning of august i think-if you are interested in putting sydney in.

Suzie said...

you girls are such cutie pies!
and that skin-gorgeous!

Jori said...

Whoa! they are pro's! I love it when you don't feel like your kids are going to sink like a stone if they get in water. Oh and you do kinda sound like a lunatic.;);)

Tara D said...

WOW! I'm so impressed with Aubrey. Her form is amazing! Way to go, girl!!! And Ella, you're doing so good. Way to jump into the deep end. :)

HIRSCHI FAMILY said...

It's so great that your girls are so comfortable with the water. Pools can be scary if your kids are not comfortable and good swimmers! Savy is still a crazy freak in the water, I guess she needs some lessons!

mamapickle said...

I have never had a problem with photobucket. Once you uploaded your video to the site, just click on share and then click on blogger. It has you log in and then will post it to your site. I don't mess with trying to do the html on my own in my own post. I don't think it will work that way. Good luck and let me know if you have any other questions :)

Patty said...

Good job girls!! Hopefully you will be better swimmers than your Grandma. I still have to plug my nose when I go under!

Tara D said...

I wish I'd paid more attention in swimming lessons as a child, maybe I wouldn't have to plug my nose everytime I go under. Poo