Tuesday, July 26, 2016
At the Heritage Lakes Recreation Center pool with the Rawlings family, we played several games including but not limited to Marco Polo, Blob Tag, and Statues. There was one specific round of Marco Polo when Abi was dead set on getting me tagged. She followed me around the pool like a shark before locking me in her arms. Haydn, Ansa, and I have always played by a “no sacrificing” rule, so several times during my struggle to free myself from Abi I exclaimed, “Surely there is a rule somewhere against this!” Abi and Noah, both very entertained by my struggle, were each faithful to give me a “no” in reply. 🙄 😂 😂
As the gap between Joshua (who was “Marco”) and I rapidly shrunk, I realized talking Abi out of sacrificing was getting me nowhere, so I turned things up a few notches. I began to squirm, kick, and wiggle which, for the first couple of times, allowed me to successfully free myself and swim away before Abi was able to catch me again. However, the third or fourth time she ensnared me, Haydn joined in.
With Abi immobilizing my arms, and Haydn a hold of my legs, I gave up. I was already breathless and the energy it would have taken to shake off Haydn (who is much stronger than me) in addition to Abi would have taken much more vigor than I was already using. Still, when captors approached Joshua I gave one last kick so that Haydn ended up being the closest to Joshua and more likely to get tagged. Although it would have been cool if my brother had been the next swimmer to be identified as “Marco”, Joshua had already tagged another swimmer. So the game continued.
Wednesday, August 3, 2016
At my neighborhood pool, Hunter broke our “how long a human tower can stay standing” record. This is not something we time, we just knew.
Thursday, August 4, 2016
Toward the end of the week, the Heffernan family (the youngest Uncle, Aunt, and cousins on my mom’s side) were in town so we spent the day with them. I had a lot of fun with John and Joel. They are six now so the usual simple answers and exaggerated facial expressions one puts on when talking to little kids no longer convinces them. I’m sure their IQ has shot up since we last saw them.
We spent the afternoon with them at the pool. John spent most of his time atop a human tower before plunging back into the water. Joel was usually found in the corner testing the limits of his breath-holding abilities. I was very impressed by how brave John-John was and by how long Joel could stay under the surface. These boys are going places! 😂 😂
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