Saturday Morning Swims
There wasn’t an official post about this – mostly because of my computer dilemma while we were in South Africa – but Justin has a new job!! If this is news to you, we are sorry! We have been terrible at keeping up with stories lately. We have officially left the world of “English Teachers”, and our family is now part of an International School. I know this might not seem like a big change to many of you, but in the realm of teaching: IT IS A PRETTY BIG DEAL! I am very proud of my husband, and we are all very happy with this change. After almost eight years of living in Asia, we have finally joined a new league, and we are very excited about the possibilities that this recent change will provide for our family.
On Saturday mornings we have been taking advantage of the swimming pool at Justin’s new school. This indoor pool is exactly what we have been needing – the perfect Saturday morning fun. We have always known that Eli loves water, so we knew that he would be thrilled with this weekly activity.
This is Justin’s new school: QISS
In anticipation of our first Saturday swimming adventure, Eli and I made a weekday trip to Decathelon. There we shopped for floaties, swimming caps, and other necessary pool supplies. I have only been to this store during the weekend with Justin, and it s always quite packed. This mid-week visit was really quite pleasant! My boy and I had quite a good time, and we stayed there for a couple of hours.
Eli chose this shark swimming cap. He is currently obsessed with a super simple song that sings through each family member. He has been singing it since we were on the flight to South Africa. It is very catchy (and sometimes highly annoying), so it is hard t get out of your head once you hear it. “Sharkie shark, doo doo, do do do do, sharkie shark…. Daddy Shark doo do dooo do do” – There you go, it will be in my head for the next hour or two!
Ready to Dive in
On a Saturday morning, bright and early, we made our way to QISS to try out the pool. Eli was pretty darn excited…
But truthfully, I don’t think he had ANY idea what we were about to do. He simply gets this excited about life!! haha
Armed with floaties and new swimsuits, we climbed into the pool for a couple of hours. It was so much fun to swim around with Eli. There are boards, balls, and noodles so we had lots to play with. Our boy was loving every second of this experience, and right off the bat, we knew that we would be making a habit of this.
Eli has absolutely no fear in the water. This is a blessing and a curse. He is willing and eager to swim alone, but he also doesn’t realize the dangers of the water. We have the same problem when we are at the beach. Nevertheless, we stay close and we are teaching him how to keep his mouth closed, tread water, and swim between us. When he is happy, he opens his mouth really wide. As you can imagine, this isn’t a great idea in a pool.
The swimming pool is not freezing, but it definitely isn’t heated. After some time in the pool, we had to get out because Eli’s lips were going a little blue. We couldn’t stop laughing at how his swimming cap pushes down his brow area, and completely changes the whole look of his face! His eyes look deep-set, and he sort of looks angry. hahaha
We loved this experience so much that we took some friends along the following week. They love swimming as much as us, so we all had a really good time. Isn’t it amazing how much fun kids have in water?!
After Our Swim
We went on a little family date after our first swim at QISS. It was the most perfect family day. Swimming, some shopping, and then a late lunch at DejaVu. Yup, this is the restaurant where we have celebrated all three of Elijah’s birthdays. It is a very special place to our little family! The waitresses all gush when Eli walks through the door. They feed him peanut butter cookies, and freshly squeezed orange juice.
We LOVE LOVE LOVE being able to swim on Saturday mornings at QISS. This is definitely a new and unique experience for us in China. Before, if we wanted to swim, we would have to pay quite a bit of money to use a hotel pool. This is a really wonderful family activity for us, and we are very grateful.