I am home with four kids - two girls, two boys - ages 14, 6, 5 and 3 (and when I started this blog, just a little over two years ago, I had an infant, a 2yr old, 3yr old and 12yr old - feels like a lifetime ago, but it wasn't ;-). Until about four or five years ago, I worked in marketing. I have been and done many things - dancer, magazine "multi-tasker", advertising copywriter, gymnastics coach, resort town waitress, grad student, etc. Now my areas of expertise are different and diverse. I am savvy, efficient, patient and earthy (like it or not). I am a better cook, an Ok herb gardener, an impressive artist to my kids, an active and prolific photographer, a childrens' clothing stylist (in my head), a manager of all things "household" and a news enthusiast (from politics to celebrity). I am more cynical though less of a worrier / hypochondriac than I used to be. I am increasingly proud of what I do with kids, family and home, but I do still present myself as a "freelance writer".
I INSIST that my kids learn to swim. I don't even care how they learn. I gave Olivia intense, constant swimming classes - dunked her underwater myself - took the opportunity every vacation, every visit to the pool - to TEACH her myself if necessary (after all, I swam on team, took diving, passed lifesaving, can still do butterfly if pressed :-). As a result, she took her deep water test at age 5 or 6 - began swimming on a team at 7 - and has enjoyed her water time ever since. I see other kids who can only swim around underwater with big goggles on - or doggy paddle - or hang on the side of the pool, and I feel sorry for them.... and I worry about them. I mean, I'm sure they're learning, so I guess I should say.... I hope they're progressing. Kids need to learn to swim!
So.... off we went this morning - me and Enzo (he is taking a class - since he responds to a group - Milo will take private because he kinda dunks himself anyway and I can supplement instruction to that - and Lil shows interest so we'll take a class together this year - or I'll give her private lessons). So... Enzo was in Level 1 today at the famed Woodland Hills Aquatic Team (WHAT) headquarters (WHHS). He did well - floated on his back - kicked while being held - jumped in - cheered his classmates on. We did have a few tentative weepy / clingy moments that passed, but... all in all - good. We are on our way!
Planting a cherry tree today (hello sour cherry pie, choc /cherry bread, cherries with walnuts - in salads - I LOVE cherries). I know it will drop fruit, and I know it will attract some bees, but... I have such great memories of our cherry trees in Michigan (and our apple tress in Ohio - maybe another summer for apple :-).... helping my mom bake and cook - the pretty flowers, etc. I don't know... something about finally having a fruit tree in my yard again makes me happy (and Milo, too - who had come home from school on Earth Day and announced that we needed to plant a tree). In fact.... we are planting a lot today - digging, digging... Bubbles and water table for kids .... big pile o 'dirt for us :-).
Photo: Enzo and Milo on the way to swimming class end of summer last year. Silly boys. We'll see what this year brings ;-).