The First Swim

I’m a warm weather girl.

I always want to vacation somewhere warm. I get sick of the snow after 3 hours. I’d rather surf than snowboard. So, when the weather turns from “not too cold” to “warm”…it makes me happy.

And when Dan pops open his roof top tent…

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…you know it’s almost summertime.

And even though it’s only April 22nd and summer is still 2 months away, the 83 degree weather we had today (sunny, not windy, beautiful) gave us a summer sneak-peek.

And what is our most favorite thing to do in the summer? Spend our days at the pool.

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It was calling our name. So after a morning of skateboarding with friends, playing outside, and doing some work around the house, we packed up for an evening of swimming and delicious bbq.

Pasta salad with tomatoes and cucumbers.

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Strawberries and grapes.

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Burgers and chips.

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Mike’s Hard Lemonade

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And a side of adorable.

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Charlotte wasn’t sure at first. And I don’t blame her. Almost exactly one year ago, she looked like this:

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{Yep.  I was huge.  I have enough stretch marks to cover Texas, and a bikini may not have been the most flattering choice.  But I’m so happy I have this picture}

 

And today she was toddling around…on her adorably almost-chubby legs.

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We watched the big kids swim like fish.

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[and jump like dolphins]

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They were so happy. And when I look at my kittens’ faces like this…

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…my heart does flip flops. I said probably 15 times, “Look how happy they are!” because they smiled and laughed and jumped and squealed for hours. And this mama’s favorite sound is the sound of her laughing kids.

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After a few hours of swimming, they changed from wet swimsuits to dry jammers.

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[this embrace was not staged]

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And even though Charlotte would rather be anywhere but hauled around, this picture makes me smile.

SO does this one.

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And this one.

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I could go on and one. But don’t worry, I won’t.

Today was beautiful. The weather was perfect. The kids were delightful. We hung out with each other and friends all day long and we were happy and healthy and smiling and laughing. It was summer.

Even though it’s Spring.

But, as my kids like to remind me, after Spring comes Summer. And that’s not too far away.

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One thought on “The First Swim

  1. Danielle Bradshaw

    I LOVE that last picture of Jamie. It reminds me so much of Pat. Look at old pictures. I am positive that there is a picture of Patty making that same face. So cute!

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