This is Mitchell's third year of lessons and Ellie's first. Mitchell is ecstatic to be back. He has a smile so big that his cheeks hurt after his lesson! Miss Ellie is a bit apprehensive...as was Mitchell when he first started. I think the photos below are so funny...
This is Mitchell after his first swim lesson in 2006. Poor guy looks traumatized!
This is Ellie after her first lessons just last week. She doesn't look traumatized so much as she looks plain mad!
Mitchell was excited about swimming after his fourth lesson that first summer. Hopefully, Ellie will get more excited too. She has only had two lessons so far. They each get ten lessons over five weeks. The lessons are one-on-one. The instructors are adorable. Mitchell already has a crush on his instructor...readily running to her arms when it is time to start his lesson. While Ellie likes her instructor she does try to make that one last mad dash before conceding that she must get in the pool. Her instructor gives her lots of hugs and kisses and Ellie clings to her like a baby monkey.
This is such a fun time to be a parent. We struggle daily in this terrible economy, but at the end of the day it is the little things we do with our children that really matter.