I "hired" Pacie, to come on over, since she's 9 years old and all, and "watch" the kids for me.
Really, I had a fundraising deal this morning and it required me to take my attention from them for short bouts. The event was in the park, and I didn't want them to miss it. So, Pacie's job was to help them in and out of the jumpers and just keep an eye on them. They were never more than 25 yards from me anyway.
Just so you know, I don't typically hire 9 year olds as sitters. But, Pacie, you did GREAT!
And then the day led to this! We were hot and sweaty from the park, and the girls had maintained a pretty good attitude despite the heat, so we went for a dip!
Ellie in her ring. And Gabbi, my waterbug, in her floaties!
They loved having Pacie play with them in the pool. And I loved making jewelry poolside for another charity event coming up. I seriously need to get OFF boards,(board of directors), at least while I have toddlers. It seriously spreads me very thin!
Ok, back to the pool. Gabbi Girl just LOVES the water. Ellie has a healthy fear of it.
Ellie took swimming lessons last year, but Gabbi was too young. This year, they can both partake!
I wish we could have them prior to our annual beach trip, but I don't think that's gonna be the case.
Ellie acted all preoccupied with her hair situation to avoid going in the water with her floaties on!
Meanwhile, back in the pool....
Gabbi is wishing she didn't have hers on at all!
Look at that little squirt. She doesn't even get rattled by her head being under.
In fact, she practiced it over and over all by herself.
And ta da. Happy as a lark!
I'm so proud of you, Gabbi Lou. Know what else? She's the one who seems interested in ball... basketballs, soccer balls, whatever. NOT Ellie. She only talks about dancing and recently, pageants. Because I told her she could walk on the stage by herself. She LOVED that idea! Ham!
I would've never pegged Gabbi Lou as the athlete. But lo and behold, she just may be!
And my swimmer!!
Oh, and don't let me forget this....
This brave girl jumped off the diving board!
And then, as I am clicking my camera, I almost fainted. One of her floaties fell off!! Pacie was in the pool, so I started screaming at her to make sure she was ok.
And like that, she bobbed right up and started swimming with one arm, like a wounded chicken. It wasn't pretty, but she didn't panic either!
And this one....
Not sure WHAT you call all this! Sunbathing?!
WHAT?! Get yo clothes on, Ethel! Actually, this is where I stopped taking photos. Ellie spent about an hour or so butt naked! I tried, but it really wasn't worth the fight. I am sooooo getting my payback! Since none of you knew me "younger", well... I was the crazy one. The one who also didn't mind the freedom of being a little nude-ish. I missed my time in the 70's I think.