Summer is here! I didn’t think I was ready for school to end, but so far, it has been fabulous. My daughter (6) just started swim lessons at the Carpinteria pool with three friends and loves it! Our last experience was traumatic for us both, so having her eager for lessons makes me happy. I signed her up for two weeks of 30 minute small group lessons and for only $80 it couldn’t be better. She has always loved the water but the last lessons took place in a huge pool (UCSB) and they were on a wobbly platform in the deep end. After the first lesson, she was terrified (3 ½ at the time) and didn’t want to go back. I endured two weeks of her misery and decided to wait until she was ready before trying again.
At the Carpinteria Pool, they start them on the steps in the shallow end and work their way to the deep end. The instructors are kind and challenge the children at the same time. Kaila was very close to swimming on her own when she started (she could swim to me in the middle of the pool) but lacked confidence and the skills to jump in and swim. With these lessons and a week of practice when we are dog/house sitting with a pool at the end of the month, I think she’ll have it down!
Last night was our first trip to the Drive- In and it was so much fun! With the kids in jammies and the back of the car filled with blankets, pillows, popcorn and drinks we backed into our spot and watched the sky turn dark as the movie began. Parked right next to our wonderful friends visiting from out of town, we had a fun little tail gate party. Tuesdays are family night and it is $5 for adults, $1 for kids and free for those under five! Taking my kids to see a new release for $6 in the comfort of our car can’t be beat! On our way home we sang Polka Dot Polka Dot Afro Circus and they said they like the Drive-In better than the theater. Win-win for us all!