Yesterday was a big day! We went to the neighborhood pool, which has been a staple of our days in summer's past, and Joanne got int he water! Now, this may seem like a minor deal but for Joanne to go in the pool is a big accomplishment. First of all she had to overcome the embarrassment of being carried into the water. As you can imagine it makes her feel a little weird to have me scoop her up and get her in the pool. But she did it. And what a great time she had. First, she walked around the edge of the pool and then one of the lifeguards grabbed her a noodle and she floated around for the better part of an hour.
I can't image what it must have felt like for her to be weightless after having so much stress on her body for so long. And I know it felt good on her left leg-ankle-foot to be in the cool water. After she was done I scooped her back up and we got her back on her lounge chair. She really enjoyed herself, and that's not an everyday occurrence around here. Most days it's survival mode, but yesterday was fun! We will definitely be back at the pool again many times this summer.
The downside of the whole thing, if there is any, is that I didn't use sunscreen. I sprayed down Emma and Joanne and thought "I'll just stay in the shade." But apparently when you sit under a pergola you only get the "illusion" of being in the shade. I have a striped sunburn. And it hurts. Alot. Next time I will be wiser and get that sunscreen going no matter what.
It was hot here yesterday getting into the low 90s but today it is a much cooler 70 degree day so we are all out on the deck enjoying the nice weather and a cool breeze.
One last thing: May dad turned 70 yesterday. He and my mom went to Aspen for a few days to celebrate but we will get to celebrate with them on their way back through town tomorrow. My dad is a good man and is entering a great stage of life where he will be able to enjoy his hobbies (biking, photography and hiking) and his family and friends. I am so excited to see what fun he can have and our family is lucky to have him in our lives.
1. Praise for Joanne's new-found love of the pool! You could pray that we find a better way to get her in and out rather than me just scopping her up and walking her in. The pool director said they are getting a lift, but not sure if it will happen this summer.
2. Praise for my dad's new adventure as a retired person! Please pray that he has a good, long healthy life ahead of him to enjoy.