Friday, January 11, 2008

My position may be softening ... slightly

I posted whinily about extracurricular activities a few months ago, but I confess that the last two days have me considering a change of heart.

Yesterday, Opie started swimming. It's been months since I've enrolled him in a class because he was very iffy about participating before (unlike big sister, who's always been a happy little goldfish/kipper/shrimp). This time, he loved it. I felt a little weird with this nearly 3-year-old in a pool full of infants, but he had a blast. He sang, he blew bubbles, he kicked, he scooped his little hands, he counted "one ... two ... FREE!" and jumped in fearlessly. Sometimes he even counted "onetwofreefourfivesissebbenainineten" and then jumped. The first thing he said to his teacher this morning, just before regaling her with the Motorboat song, was "I went swimming!"

It's allllmost worth having to shower him in the squicky locker room afterward.

Then today, Jo had a 90-minute art class and I spent the whole time reading magazines and drinking tea (Opie was still at school). Tomorrow's her turn for swimming, and since I don't have to go in the pool with her, I'm counting on more tea and more magazines. Now that's what I had in mind when I shelled out for these activities.

Of course, after I got home today (with both kids in tow and hours of child-juggling and dinner-preparing ahead of me) I realized I had intended to devote the afternoon to some research for a freelance job. Oops. Monday it is, then.

(Mostly unrelated photo: from the Georgia Aquarium last spring.)


mothergoosemouse said...

We're trying to use swimming lessons as potty training motivation for CJ. She loooooves swimming. And if I'm going to haul one kid in and out of the locker room, I might as well haul two.

BlondeMomBlog (Jamie) said...

I love soccer for Miss C but I can't read magazines on the sidelines. :(

I'm kind of looking forward to dance lessons in the summer...maybe I can sneak in a little mom time?

I have to admit I loathe the whole drag the kids to the indoor pool thing although they absolutely love it. Miss A is still in swim diapers, too. Ugh!

BlondeMomBlog (Jamie) said...

p.s. I was "supposed" to dedicate yesterday to setting up some interviews for a freelance project and waited until 5 p.m. to do it (got distracted by our dirty house and my shiny laptop)

Aimee Greeblemonkey said...

I actually need to get my butt in gear and get Declan into something.

Magpie said...

"Squicky" - great word!!

Lady M said...

Music and gymnastics classes have gone well, but we haven't gone to swimming lessons yet. Maybe I can convince SwingDaddy to take Q instead of me!

Karianna said...

I like out of the house activities because then the house is not further messed-up while we are gone!

Julie Pippert said...

I need to do that for my kids.

And I also got derailed from freelance endeavors on Friday.