Monday, April 23, 2012

A Warm Sunday at the Pool

Yep, jumping in the pool is a ton of fun

For the past several months Ronan and Nieve have been enjoying the SCRA pool in our neighborhood, even more so now that the weather is getting warm. Ronan has taken to swimming thanks to lessons from his great-aunt Nancy - his form is coming along nicely and he's certainly comfortable being in the water.

The launch... with a big grin on his face

Ronan takes flight. I wish I had that kind of style when I am airborne.

What Ronan enjoys most, though, is not technique or hydrodynamic optimizations - he just loves big jumps into the water that generate the maximum splash. He'll jump it from the edge, the diving board, or even the starting blocks for the swim lanes; if he can make a splash, he'll try it.

I think Ronan has what it takes to be a human cannonball

Diving boards are no problem either

Yesterday Ronan was able to show off some of his newfound skills to Bhavesh Kaka who stopped by for a visit (thanks Bhav for taking some photos!) I think Bhavesh was impressed with Ronan's cavalier attitude and broad smile; if Ronan is in the air he's sure to be wearing a broad grin.

Pool time is made better by adding 'purple noodles'

Nieve is not quite so enthusiastic about big splashes as her brother. She prefers to hang out in the shallow pool, playing with toys and other floating devices, and making sure not to get her face wet. If forced she'll demonstrate that she knows how to hold her breath (and even paddle a bit), but she'll also respond with a vocal and unpleasant protest. Her favorite time at the pool is the hot shower afterwards - she's been known to spend more than twenty minutes 'cleaning off' after a swim.

Nieve shows her affection for Bhavesh Kaka by squirting him with her bath toy

We're lucky to have a great pool so easily accessible to our home. Hopefully within the next year both Ronan and Nieve will be water safe, allowing Mom and I to be less paranoid when the kids are near water. In the mean time Ronan will be working on his aerial skills, most likely mastering a front flip before his fifth birthday.

Me hanging with 'big air' Ronan and his flotation device


CalBadger said...

Ah, the joys of a swimming pool on a hot day. Heaven on Earth!

Holly Teetzel said...

What fun - I love how Ronan tucks his legs up behind him when airborne. Can't imagine hot sunny weather, either. It's cold, cloudy & gloomy down here! That's a pretty awesome pool, by the way!

Todd said...

So Cute! Ronan looks very flexible with those knees bent. Has he been doing yoga:-)

Erik said...

Nieve's the yogi... she can fold herself in half without even noticing it. Ronan's just a pre-schooler - they all have bendy, flexible limbs!