I bought Zoë's swim suit before I saw this little safety colour chart floating around the interwebs. It's probably not the best colour, so...I'll just have to keep a close eye on her all summer (or find her a brighter suit, which she probably won't like because it likely won't be "mermaid-y" enough).
The kids know that the best (ie. fastest) way to get into the pool when it's cold is to jump straight in, so they did! Here's Zoë jumping in the first time:
And here are the kids warming up:
It's got big googly eyes like a frog does, rather than little beady lizard eyes.
Benjamin had a blast letting it climb all over him.
But once Benjamin managed to catch it again, it decided that Benjamin was as good of a place to rest as any and fell asleep in the palm of his hand.
He carried it around for a long time, even bringing it into the pool with him (though he didn't submerge it because clearly this froggy was trying to get warm):
Here's Alexander splashing around:
And here we are starting a round of "Motorboat, Motorboat":
But we couldn't go home yet because the big kids were still playing!
She didn't want to get back in the pool, and I don't blame her! It was cold!
The kids accused me of having "become southern," but I told them no. When I was a little girl I was on a swim team that practiced at an outdoor pool. This was in Port Coquitlam, where the average high for July is 24°C (75°F), and I would reach a point at every practice where I would just break down and cry until the coach let me get out and hit the hot, hot shower. I would just be shaking uncontrollably, my little lips turning blue. It was always so cold!
"How old were you?" Rachel asked, disgusted by my behaviour.
"Like seven," I said.
"Oh, well, that's okay then. I was picturing you doing this as a twelve-year-old."
For contrast, the average high for Atlanta in July is 32°C (about 90°F). When it's that warm every day the pool feels lovely! I wouldn't have cried about the pool temperature had I been on a swim team here!
Anyway, Zoë didn't want to get back in all the way and that was fine. She'll get in later.