Wednesday, July 19, 2006

The Box

Paul and I were really happy to see the package on our front porch when we arrived home from work. Paul's brother, John, sent us a new (his old) computer. Aidan was excited with the content, as well. However, his excitment was with.....THE BOX and THE FOAM PEANUTS!!!!

Thank you, John, for the computer and the wonderful, boy-sized box!!

Monday, July 17, 2006

Just keep swimming!!

I was so proud of Aidan this past Sunday....he learned to swim!! He started swimming with a life vest last summer and has continued this summer. I was in the pool with him on Sunday, trying to convince him to take the life vest off. I tried explaining that it would be much easier to use his new spongebob kickboard because the life vest was a little bulky with the kickboard. He refused. So, I tried his technique of pestering away until he finally gave in. About every two minutes I would say, "how about now? Now? How about now?" After what seemed like a million times of asking he finally got frustrated with me and gave in. Off came the life vest and he clung to me for dear life. Then he got the brilliant idea to jump into the pool and try landing on the kickboard. I don't know how he went from refusing to take off the life vest to a daring thing like that, but he did. I knew he was going to miss that kickboard at one point and I didn't want that to be the end of our day at the pool. I kept warning him that if he got into a situation that he didn't have anything to hold on to that he should not panic. "Just keep moving your arms and legs and you'll be fine" I kept telling him. "I know mom, I won't panic" he would say. As soon as he got a little too comfortable, it happened. He jumped off of the deck and right OVER the kickboard. My dad and I had already discussed that when the moment came, we were not going to rescue him immediately. We would give him a chance and see what he would do. I just KNEW he would panic. That little rugrat started kicking and swam right to the ladder. He was as calm as ever. I wish you could of all seen the look in his eyes. Triumph!! He climbed up the ladder and started showing off his muscles, proclaiming, "I did it, I did it. I told you I could do it mom." I don't know who was more proud....him or me. That was the end of the life vest. After that, he was swimming all over the place.

I can't believe my little boy is growing up so fast. Next stop....kindergarten!! That evening we were giving him a bath. I couldn't believe how dirty he was. Afterall, we had spent all day in clorinated water.

After a good scrub, I realized it was not dirt afterall. This kid is TAN!!