First Swim Lesson & First Ballet Lesson

We’ve recently started two new things in our house after school.   Soren started swim lessons and Maebh started Ballet class.

I’ve been wanting to get Soren in swim lessons for a long while but have been hesitant.  Mainly because he still has one grommet (ear tube), from his second set, in his ear due to major ear infections as a little one.  The few times he has gone swimming in a pool, he developed an ear infection within the next couple days.  But so far so good – it’s now Saturday and his swim was on Tuesday.

A friend from his class attends the lessons too, so I thought it would be fun to have him join too, as long as he didn’t goof off with him during the lesson.   He was very excited and eager to learn to swim. Here he posed for a photo and of course, Maebh joined in the photo.

When we arrived he told me (very seriously I might add) that he already knows how to swim.  I immediately replied NO you don’t!  A quick battle of the minds – yes I do, no you don’t back and forth. When it was time for all the kids to line up along the pool and jump in the 3 feet section one at a time, he did… and immediately he sank to the bottom.  Later when we were at home, he confessed that he doesn’t really know how to swim, and proceeded to say that the first time he jumped in, he sank and drank a lot of the pool water.  Pff, oh really! 🙂 Naturally, I acted a little surprised.  He then said same thing when the teacher asked them to put their faces in the water and blow bubbles as they move their arms to come from the other side of the pool to her.  Well at least he finally admits that he really cannot swim!   I hate that false sense of security he had – but happy he is learning to swim.   I also liked that there was a swim helper in the class who stuck with him the whole time.   He loved it and keeps asking when will it be Tuesday, so he can go again.

The second lesson is that Maebh attends a weekly ballet class.  Last week, we attended the class and she refused to get off my lap!  She wanted to watch but not participate.  So this week we went again and not sure what to expect.  Thankfully the teacher asked for her hand and she went off.  She had been talking about it all week, showing me the moves which the girls did, so I was hopeful.  We’re going to try one more class next week and if she participates and does it, than I’ll sign her up and we’ll get her some ballet shoes, which she’s looking forward to having.    I realize with some kids it takes a long while for them to warm up.

Author: Stars Stripes and Mayonnaise

I am an American currently living in the Netherlands. I enjoy snapping photos and blogging along the way about our family’s journey as we moved from USA to the UK for a couple years then onto Ireland for three & half years and now in our next adventure in the Netherlands where the kids and are are learning Dutch. As you can probably tell by the name of the blog “Stars, Stripes & Mayonnaise” our family is half American & half Dutch and if you know one thing about the Dutch is that they LOVE their mayonnaise! I seen ’em do it man, they fuckin‘ drown ’em in it. When I started this blog way when it was to capturing memories of our family – essentially a journal of our family adventures, their love of mayonnaise, my love of photography, D.I.Y., crafting, sea glass hunting and exploring with our two amazing kids.

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