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I put soap in my boots, rubbed it around, buckled them up, and jumped in the water like I was some kind of pro. I just knew today was going to be the day. The day I would clear my first wake. The boat took off. I pulled myself up out of the water. The boat gained speed. The rope tightened, and I cut for the wake. Yes, today was going to be the day. My speed increased as I got closer to the wake. I prepared myself for the jump, and I hit the water. Hard.

I am sure I was quite the sight EVERY time I did these massive cartwheels in the water. I would come home from every lake trip with at least one good bruise, usually multiple. I never was able to jump the wake. I am okay with that. I was just happy to be out on the lake. I loved that summer. Every weekend out on a boat. My friends doing some crazy tricks, and me doing crazy cartwheels. I made falling look good, or maybe I just made falling look like it hurt.

The dirty, creature filled (and who knows what else filled) lake water never even phased me, but put me in a swimming pool, and I am one unhappy girl. Pretty, clear, sparkling, cold water. . . can't do it. I have never been a big fan of swimming pools. I am the girl that still has to plug her nose to go under water. You won't find me jumping off a diving board. Terrifies me. I took swim lessons. I know how to swim. I learned how to do pretty swan dives. I just don't enjoy it.

My kids on the other hand LOVE the swimming pool. Me being the wonderful mother I am, take them. Unfortunately, I don't have a swim suit yet this year, so Mike has had to take the kids when he gets home from work. Bummer for me. Actually I am more than thrilled to sit on the sidelines and take pictures, and shout out words of encouragement to the rest of the clan.

We have gone twice to the pool so far this summer. I will hold out as long as I can, not taking the kids by myself, during the day. The water is too cold for me still. The kiddo's don't last very long either. Like I said the water is cold. They live it up though, even if it is only for five minutes.

They hold out as long as they can, teeth chattering and all. Then we spend the next 30 minutes wrapped in towels, or lying in the sun warming up, watching everyone else play in the pool.

People watching can amuse me for hours. My children are the same way. For now I am fine with "people watching" from the side of the pool. Soon enough I know it's going to be too hot for watching from the sidelines. Like I said earlier I am a "good" mom, so I will break down and buy myself a suit, but for the next few weeks I am more than happy to be the cheerleader on the side.


Amber Hooten said...

So did you find wristbands? If they sent them to you I am NOT going to be happy with the HOA. Let me know so I can give them a call if you did get a hold of some! Hope you are having a great summer! It was nice talking to you yesterday!

BandHGardner said...

Such a great, descriptive post!

I, too, LOVE the lake and seriously miss wakeboarding. It's so fun.

Lacey said...

That's impressive that you've held out this long! We are at the pool every day for swim lessons, 3 times a week with friends and now that we have a pool in our backyard it looks like we will be living in our swimsuits!!!

It's surprising that even with 100 degree temps the water is really cold here too. Just give it a few minutes though and you get use to it. Other than the time that Addysen's lips turned purple! No joke!

Tiffini said...

They're so cute. I love the picture of them wrapped in towels. I'm not much of a fan for swimming either...and I'm from AZ - only the hottest place ever! Go figure. :)

mck said...

The only water I'll swim in is pool water! I am so afraid of water animals (snakes, sharks, jellyfish, any fish!) I will swim in ocean water that is perfectly see-through though! :) Those pictures look refreshing to me! :)

Lindsey said...

Ahhh, people watching...the other favorite American past-time! Must be genetic. Love Ainsley's swim suit butt.

Lara said...

You made me want to waterski again! I haven't been in YEARS, and while I could jump the wake then, I'm sure I couldn't now.

Great pictures. I hope we can get to the pool sometime this summer. You're a better mom than I am. :)

Deanna Semendoff said...

Water or not, glad you guys are enjoying a little fun in the sun.

debrajo said...

Your kids are so cute! I love going swimming w/the babies in the summer time! They love it!

The Nelsons said...

Thanks Brooke! Fruit is a much better idea. And I will check that book out. You have been an inspiration for me during this process! Keep up the advice! I could use it!

TheReadFam said...

Hey Brooke,

Thanks for fessing up and admitting to your stalker habits. I'm guilty myself.

Hey, if you could mail me some pics and let me know your kids sizes I will forward them on to the clothing designer that will be choosing the models.

Thanks for entering.

It's nice to meet you. ha ha, via internet anyway.

The Schneider Family said...

Yep! Thats me! I am also the one that has to hold my nose when I go under the water. SO SAD!

TheReadFam said...

Nicholas sparks, i'm on a roll. I read one of his a month ago and I just keep reading them.
they are good. nice, easy, fast.