At The Pool (Swim Team & Our Family)

swim team

If you need us, we’ll be at the pool.

The kids (minus Nate) have decided to do swim team. Actually, decided is probably too strong of a word. Catie loves swim team so she was eager for another year.

Since we had already signed up for the insane schedule of everyday practices, I thought, “Why not two more?” and also signed up Sam and Elisabeth.

This was also the moment our family said goodbye to our evenings. Sam and Elisabeth practice at 4:30. We’re back at the pool at 6 for Catie’s practice.

I’m still trying to figure out a dinner strategy. Right now our two best options are to eat at 3:45 or 7:30.

Both of these options are, of course, crazy. But signing up for swim team means agreeing to all kinds of craziness. Practices start in April, which means the pool is still really cold.  Frigid, actually. The kids’ teeth chatters while they wait for their turn to do laps.

Actually, the kids hardly seem to notice since they are swimming laps like absolute lunatics. Back and forth, back and forth, they swim freestyle, breaststroke, and back stroke. All those little swimmers criss-crossing the pool is a sight to behold.

Like I’ve written before, swim meets are also crazy. Parents are required to volunteer so it’s a real grass-roots effort to make the whole event a success. It’s also complete chaos. All those families and swimmers and judges swarming around the pool, trying to get the kids to the right event at the right time makes for an exhausting day. Think track meet, but seven thousand degrees hotter.

Our first meet is at the end of May. I’ll let you know how that goes.

Until then, you can find us at the pool.


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