Last night, we did our first family swimming outing… and it was grand. Sure, there aren’t any local outdoor pools (which I know, climate… but still weird!), but the nearest to us is a ‘play pool’, and very attractive. Firstly, it’s in a pyramid, which is just completely wild. Secondly, it’s a ‘beach pool’, or what those of us growing up in Dallas or near Garland would call a wave pool, which is a blast.
We figured that as much as our little one loves bathtimes and splashing in little pool, she’d like the big pool too. And she did, after an initial few minutes of being scared of all the noise and vastness of the water. Okay, she remained clung onto the straps of my bathing suit as if her tiny life depended on it, but she enjoyed being swooped around and splashing, and even made a friend of someone elses’ daddy (his kids weren’t the right size for throwing around, so we let him borrow her briefly – all were pleased with the outcome). We are definitely looking forward to going again, but I suspect that will be sometime next week at the earliest. With the schools out for holidays, the prices are higher for weekends and daytime, so we have to pick and choose around the evenings that have exercise classes on them.
And speaking of exercise – what a workout! I’ve given up worrying about calorie counting, but I did look up how many calories a bit of pool play burns off. We ended up stopping off at the grocery store next door to pick up some dinner, and never has lasagna and garlic bread been wolfed down so quickly. There was a lot of body fuel that needed replacing, hee hee! But yes, even if I wasn’t doing laps or diving, I did have a baby clinging on to me for dear life, and when I did hand her off to her father, I definitely did a few trial strokes to make sure my body remembered how to do it all in spite of years of not swimming. We’ve pencilled in to go to the ‘real’ pool without the kiddo sometime, so… we shall see!
For now, I’m going to go back to enjoying a genuinely pleasant day, and continue my introspection on yesterday’s subject matter. I hope that your weekend is grand and enjoyable.