The babe started walking this summer and has been running at full speed since his first steps. His latest summer obsession is WATER! Cason’s passion to play in all water just scares this crazy mama to death. Our ranch has a year-round creek bed that runs throughout the property, with a few ponds on either end. Furthermore, with our hot summer nights in the cattle barns, Cason has discovered the cattle troughs. Without any fear of the nearby 1,200 pound cattle divas, which are calmly taking a sip from their cow slobbered water troughs, Cason just climbs right into the troughs and begins splashing the cows, PJ’s and all.
Therefore, we enrolled Cason into parent-child swim lesson at our local aquatics center. Currently, he is the youngest in his class at 15 months, but absolutely loves his half hour swim sessions twice a week. As soon as we enter the pool platform his eyes light up with excitement and he begins clapping as we eagerly wait for the class to start. This class is designed to demonstrate the basics of Swim Survival Safety, which teaches infants and toddlers to turn over and float independently in case of an accidental fall into water. They also encourage the kiddos to blow bubbles in the pool, rather than instantly inhaling the water when their faces meet the water. An extra bonus to this swim class is the one-on-one time for us proud parents to spend with our sweet baby boy. We are very busy working parents, both in our careers and on the cattle ranch, this class allows us 30 minutes of pure joy and quality time with our Lil’ Guppy Fish. The daddy and I, have been splitting up the weeks on who gets to be in the pool with Cason…it has pretty much been a battle over who has to sit out on the sidelines and watch because we are having way too much fun in the pool. While it was my turn to sit in the waiting area, I snapped a few photos of my hunky men. I think a few of the other parents sitting on the sidelines may have thought I was the paparazzi snapping so many photos, but I just couldn’t resist all the new faces and sheer exhilaration in my baby boy’s eyes.
The importance of knowing how to swim and how to survive in the water is crucial to our family beliefs and way of life. Therefore, this is just the tip of the iceberg on swim lessons and Cason will be enrolled in many more swim classes as the years go on.