Happy Monday! I’m heading back to work this morning for my first full five day work week in quite some time. Boo. Ya gotta love those long summer weekends!
Our weekend was pretty low key this weekend. Friday I took off since Jacob’s camp was closed all of last week for the July 4th holiday. He and I got up early, went to Panera for breakfast, and then ran some errands. I bought a few more things for his bedroom, including another new lamp since I had accidentally messed up the first one that I had bought. Thank you to everyone for your suggestions for fixing the original one. I tried scraping the spray paint off of the plug and I also tried nail polish remover, neither of which would remove it from the plug totally, so I just decided that since it was only $10, I would just scrap it and move on. It’s not worth the possible hazard… or the worry that would swirl in my head until the end of time. If you missed my post and have no clue what I’m talking about, you can read it here.
Friday afternoon Jacob had swimming lessons again, so we headed that way after a quick lunch at home. He started whining and telling me that he didn’t like swimming lessons when we pulled up, and he was full-on crying by the time we got to the pool. Mrs. Joni, his swimming instructor, doesn’t mess around, though. She’s been teaching kids to swim for literally decades, so she is hard core. That meant that he was in the water and dunked within five minutes. She usually takes between 12 and 15 kids per session so she also has 3 other girls who help out, one of whom is my cousin, Shelby. Once Jacob was dunked, they practiced paddling and then Jacob swam from Shelby to one of the other girls.
In between each traumatic event he would cry a little bit and say, “I want my mommy!” It was brutal having to stand by and watch him be so scared and upset. All I can say is thank goodness for big sunglasses because I may or may not have teared up a few times.
Fortunately about halfway through, something clicked and he completely stopped crying and just started doing everything they were asking with not much fear at all! They chunked him off of the big rock by the deep end (which serves as the diving board) and he went under, floated up, and swam almost halfway across the pool to Mrs. Joni! At the very end of the lesson, Mrs. Joni threw a bunch of nickels on the bottom of the pool in the shallow end, and each kid had to go under and pick up some nickels off of the bottom. She would tell each kid to hold their breath, and then she would push their backs down in the water and hold them underwater for a good 6-7 seconds and then when she pulled them up they had to show how much money they had gotten.
I was so worried when it was Jacob’s turn because I thought for sure he would freak out and I also thought that he wouldn’t really know what to do when he got to the bottom of the pool, but he completely surprised me. He went right under and came back up with two shiny nickels! #BossStatus
I don’t think I have ever been more proud in my entire life. I thought my heart was going to burst.
At the end of the session, Mrs. Joni gave all of the kids their choice of Bomb Pops or ice cream sandwiches for a job well done this week. Jacob chose a Bomb Pop and then we headed back to the car. On the way, Jacob said, “I love swimming lessons! I love going under water!”
My how much can change in an hour.
We spent the rest of the afternoon working on his room, and when Brian and Olivia got home we all went out for dinner at Five Guys. After the kiddos went to bed, B and I watched Jurassic World (which I thought was just OK) and then we called it a night.
Saturday Jacob had a birthday party to go to, which also happened to be a swim party, and he had a blast. He wouldn’t put his face underwater, but he did go in all the way to his neck and he looked totally comfortable the entire time. He didn’t even want to wear his water wings, so I didn’t make him because I knew that he would be cautious without them and I knew that I would be watching him like a hawk anyway.
The kids ate, played in the pool, hit a piñata, watched the birthday boy open his gifts, and then we were on our way home.
Saturday evening was spent churching and going to dinner at one of our favorite local pubs with my parents and uncle, and then B and I watched How to be Single to end the night. I loved it. I thought it was so much better than the previews made it look.
Sunday was pretty low-key… we did some laundry, went to lunch at Jason’s Deli, ran a couple of errands, and then took the kids grocery shopping (which we never do). It was a three-ring circus with the monkeys as it always is, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
I tried to get a couple of pictures of the kids in the car in between errands and this is how they looked at me. How dare we make them run errands with us! Lol.
We capped off the weekend with dinner with my family. Not too much going on this weekend, but a good weekend indeed.
*Linking up with B Loved Boston for Weekending,