Our club swim season is now in high gear. Between the three girls we are at the pool five days a week. I was excited to have Sarah and Sophie in the same group this year. That excitement was short lived, Grace is now in two groups!
That being said, I made a commitment to spending less time at the pool this year. I worked out some carpools that I call “nice to have”. I don’t like carpools where I am dependent on someone, or that someone is dependent on me. With three kids I have enough to worry about. I am very fortunate to have a friend who feels the same way. We have been taking turns driving – both of us are totally flexible which keeps the peace.
This has given me some new found freedom in the evenings. I haven’t found proper use for the time though. I am actually a little bored.
I’m not embarrassed to admit it. I like hanging out at the pool. Most of the people there are pretty cool. I’m able to avoid those who aren’t.
Two years ago in November we lost our family dog MoJo. He was a 15 year old Rhodesian Ridgeback. Cancer and old age got the best of him. Losing a family pet is devastating and we spent the last two years in the “we are never getting another dog” stage. The grown ups did. The kids, they wanted one right away.
After some family negotiations, we were able to convince dad that a new dog was just what we needed. On Sunday we adopted Teddie. He is a one year old Shishon (Bichon/Shih Tzu Mix). He is absolutely adorable and is the perfect fit for our family. He needed us. And I realize now that I needed him. He makes me laugh and is great company. He loves to ride in the car and keeps me company on the rides to and from the pool.
The kids are thrilled to have them. In the past, my girls were very slow to come upstairs after swim practice. Little did I know a white fluffy puppy was all I needed to motivate them to hurry.
Our first meet is next weekend. I actually miss swim meets. I have two days of triple sessions. Remind me next Sunday night that I said that.