The pool has been lovely the last couple of days! It's warm enough that getting in isn't painful and cool enough that getting in feels refreshing, so it's just about perfect. The little ones have been making great improvements with their swimming skills.
Here's a few pictures of Benjamin lounging around like a lazy bum (on a little raft we found floating in the pool; it's not ours), but really he's been working hard on both his front crawl and backstroke:
Zoë has been working on both remembering to swim horizontally and, ironically, proper treading water techniques. She really is quite good at front crawl these days and is an excellent back floater, but remember when I said the kids like to play "interpretive diving"? I'm not sure I ever fully explained that. They choose a theme and then see who can come up with the most creative "dive" on that theme. On this particular day, the theme was Harry Potter and Zoë, who had previously executed a beautiful jump and then swam to the side with excellent form, went screaming off the diving board and then instead of swimming to the side spent a considerable amount of time punching herself in the head.
She was very proud of her "Dobby" impersonation (though the rest of us were simply concerned that she was drowning). Now that I know she's not drowning, it's really quite a humorous jump...
Zoë and Alexander spent a lot of time jumping into the shallow end as well. They jump in and then either fetch a diving stick or flip onto their backs and float. It's great practice for in-water recoveries.
Alexander hasn't quite warmed up to the idea of going off the diving board yet (and the diving board is broken or something right now, anyway), but he loves jumping off of the diving blocks (as do Zoë and Benjamin).