If you are going to try to make a summer the best summer ever, one of the absolutely essential things that summer must have is swimming. A lot of swimming.
My original plan had been to enroll the boys in swimming lessons, but due to a lack of planning on my part and the overwhelming popularity of swimming lessons, the lessons were booked by the time I thought to sign them up.
I knew that this summer, Hubster would be home with the boys quite a bit. I wanted to do everything I could to encourage them to do activities together, and, yes, to swim. So, for Father's Day, I bought Hubster/all of us a swimming pass to the local pool.
This may have been the best thing I have ever purchased. Not having to think about paying every time we went swimming, we found ourselves poolside at least every other day nearly all summer. There were weeks that Hubster took the boys swimming every day.
I watched my boys turn from scared, pale little things, to tan-lined brave fish. Granted, Monkey still needs arm floats and Bug still hates getting water in his eyes/ears/nose and insists on wearing ear plugs and a full snorkel mask. But none of us cared.
Nearly half the days this summer were spent applying sunscreen and then splashing, diving, racing around the pool.
This is definitely how summer should be.