I have become a happier parent!! I'ris has been in swim lessons since May '07. Yesterday in swim class she completed a very important goal in swim lessons. Here's the story:
"I'ris has been learning how to float (air-plane)for the longest time. She is being taught that when you fall in water, whether it be off of a step, in a pool or lake, if you can breath and don't know how to swim than you float until someone comes to help you. Well, during swim lessons she stepped off of the step without being told to, and couldn't reach her teacher. So she hurried up and turned back to the step. Luckily she wasn't that far. When the instructor seen what she was doing she pulled her back and reminded her "if you cant breath, then you air-plane". The instructor then took her back to the step and gave her direction. "I'ris, I want you to swim out again and if you cant breath roll to your air-plane, ok?" So, I'ris smiled and jumped out in the water and immediately rolled to her air-plane!!! This moment actually brought a tear to my eye. I felt as if I had learned how to float. I was so excited! She was now able to do what she had been trying to do for quite some time now. And she/we got to experience this fun exciting moment with her father who was visiting."
To add to that exciting moment, Nathan (my nephew) gradiated (as he and I'ris would say!) his level! But some little snot nosed kid killed his glory and punched him in the nose and gave him a bloody nose. And that is the day in the life of US! :)