Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Who Wants to Swim?

Charlie tried out for Parker's swim team.

Not because he's an amazing swimmer, but because he has such a 'go get em' spirit'. I thought that maybe he would surprise us and do really well.

He was the one who while taking swim lessons at two years old was so advanced that the teaher moved him up to the 3-5 year old class. He was a natural fish. So why not give it a try?

Our good soldier friend Glen took him to try out and when he didn't make the team, he felt so badly for Charlie that he offered to be his personal swim coach.

He'd take Parker to his practice and during that time, work with Charlie to get him ready for the next swim team season. Charlie loves it and not only is he swimming, he's also doing sit-ups, push-ups and whatever else the 'work out' for the day is.

All on the military base. A boy's dream.

Well-- here's how some of those family dynamics work: after Charlie's first week in 'training', we started telling Charlie how big his muscles were getting.

Charlie loved it.

But while our compliments helped Charlie get over not making the swim team, they began to get under Ethan's skin. He wanted to be told he had big muscles too.

So Ethan decided not to do flag football and try out for the swim team as well.

Just between you and I, I really didn't think he was going to make it.

When he did, we were all like, "Are you sure you want to do that much swimming?". Because after his first practice, he looked dog tired.

But he's decided to stick with it and it's been great to have the three oldest boys all goin' swimmin' with good 'ole Uncle Glen.

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