Monday, May 25, 2009


We're considering a few things this summer:

1. Some sort of sports lessons for Anna. This is very important. Anna is extremely active. She usually out maneuvers boys who are twice her age. She as dragging around a three year old the other day on the playground, trying to get him to climb things, swing, take risks.... almost felt bad for the mother of the kid. Anna is fearless. She is a climber. She's also pretty strong for her age. We need a physical outlet for her. SERIOUSLY. I've looked around at nearby places.
a. Swim lessons at the YMCA will cost 84 dollars for about two months. We can apply for scholarship, but really what a mess that would be. Plus there are certain requirements as far as uniform go (specific swimwear, etc.) that would need to be considered, bought, researched...
b. Soccer lessons would be 100 dollars. This would be through the Sounders foundation (Seattle's soccer team). That would be pretty cool. It sounds quite interactive and fun, but a HUNDRED bucks to teach a two year old to kick a ball???
c. Gymnastics. This is seeming much more likely than the other options. It's fifty dollars for a 'session'. A session includes 10 lessons. We could easily get her a leotard at Walmart for very little money. She would get to climb and tumble to her heart's content. And the price is right.

Something else we've been considering: A FAMILY CAMPOUT. Just Paul, Anna, and me. Doesn't that sound nice? No computers, no fans, no internet, no television, no SpongeBob. Just US. We havet o book a place, though. Last year when we tried to find a place over our anniverary, we realized that we got married over FATHER'S DAY WEEKEND (not too smart of an idea looking back on it... should've gotten married in August!) and there are no places open without prior reservation. So hopefully that will work out. We haven't gotten a chance to do something like that EVER. Not once in our five years of marriage (five years June 19th!!!) have we been camping. And we certainly haven't done something like this with just the three of us. It sounds special and very, very relaxing. I'm going to go do a little research now. ;)


Violet said...

Swimming would be SO good for Anna! She is at a perfect age to start, and you would be surprised how much she could do. THe pricing at the YMCA is rediculous. Look into programs at the local high schools with pools, or the out door pool in Kirkland. I wish you lived closer to Marsyille. We offer 10 half hour lessons for $3, and I teach there!!!! Usually kids under 3 have to have an adult in the water BUT, since Anna is so tall and she is 2 1/2, as long as she would do decently listening and being in with a teacher, she probably could do one of the other classes. The first several levels are held in our wading pool that starts at just under a foot deep and goes to 2.5 feet deep.
Maybe you could sign up for one session (4 or 5 weeks depending) of the 2 day a week classes, in the evening. Seriously, 45 minutes isn't too far....hahahaha.

Thanks for all your sweet comments on my pictures!

Zackery was just evaluated again, and has begun therapy. He is not mentally delayed. His fine motorskills are inbetween the 5th and 60th percentile for his age group, and they are not concerned about that. He has the pincer grasp and things like that down.
Zack's main issue is his gross motor skills, especially regarding his core strength. He is just shy of 22 months but with gross motor skill development he is hitting the 11 month mark. He is pulling up, cruising furniture a little bit, and can stand for about 5-10 second unassisted (I think he COULD do more but for him, it's this hilarious game to throw him self forward/backward so you catch him. He does it and then just starts giggling hysterically, lol). He doesn't seem to be at a stand still or regressing though, he is on his own developmental curve. We will see if he improves faster with therapy.

He just had surgery to remove his adnoids which were abnormally large. THis has given him many respitory and ear infections as well as sleep apnea and wheezy breathing. It is possible he has been dizzy and has had poor equilibrium and sense of balance due to all those inner ear infections and sinus infections, so, with that taken care of, he may catch up! We pray so! I wouldn't change him though, he is smart, loving, fun, and so much more. Sometimes I wish he could walk just so he could keep up with his little buddies, have more fun at parks, etc. but, it's kind of nice having and extended "baby" stage too. He is SOOOO busy just crawling, I am sure he will have us constantly out of breath once he IS walking.... lol.

Violet said...

Marysville Pilchuck High School Pool 360 653 5108

usually about $35 for 10 lessons (I know for SURE it is under $40, something like $3.24 or $3.50 a lesson. I can get the info. for you for sure.

Lessons run either m/w starting at 5pm... the last lesson is at 7:00pm. (so 5, 5:30, 6...and so on) or T/TH (same hours over the summer, in the fall/winter/spring it starts at 6pm on Tues/Thurs.

In summer we also have the option of doign lessons betwee 9am and Noon but those are EVERY day for 2 weeks.

You can request me as the teacher but, no 100% gaurantees (in part because I am a highly requested instructor... i say that in the most humble of ways) I have taught for 4 years, love kids, love swimming/the water, swam competitively in highschool and it comes naturally to me. After yo do one session you will be eligible to to what we call preregistration. This means you are allowed to register for the next session 3 days before the genreal public, so then you will have a better chance of getting the time slot you desrire and the instructor you prefer. There are some other very good instructors too however.