Monday, August 22, 2011

Fun with Water!

The Ladybug and Daddy spent the day at the county fair. So, that left the Butterfly and I to enjoy a Mommy-Daughter day together. When I asked her last night what she wanted to do, without hesitation she replied, "Swim!" I was actually a bit surprised with her response since we hadn't talked about swimming for a few days, but apparently she had been wanting play in the water again for quite some time.

As you can imagine, she had a BLAST! Watching her in the water you would think that she knows how to swim, but believe it or not, she has not been taught yet. Hmmmm... That does not keep her from bounding forward and pushing herself to the limit. Trust me, I get a little nervous watching her, but I am always very close, and I know that letting her explore is great for her confidence. I did work with her a bit on floating, kicking, and arm work, but in the end she is a kid... she just wanted to play! Below are a couple pics and some videos of the Baby Bug "getting her water on!"

Time for lots of fun on the dinosaur slide.

Without any prompting from me, and believe it or not no other kids were doing this either, she decided to go down the slide head first! The Butterfly totally caught me off guard with this move, but she LOVED it!

Lots of fun, fun, fun!


Monday, August 8, 2011

Training Wheels

The Ladybug decided that it was time to learn to ride her bike without training wheels. Yup, my girl was ready to rip off those training wheels and ride like the wind! Some of you may remember going through this process as a kid and recall numerous spills, scraped knees, and lots of trying again and again and again before finally riding your bike smoothly, like a pro. Well, that is exactly what the Ladybug experienced. Except, rather than it taking this "little go-getter" weeks or even days to master this process, it only took two afternoons and one very dedicated daddy.

The Ladybug started to process yesterday. She was barely able to keep the bike upright. When she did and was finally able to get it going, she totally forgot how to turn, and thus she crashed continuously. She crashed into the curb, a car, the grass, etc. She kept trying, but didn't improve much.

Today, daddy and the Bug tried again. Here is footage from her first attempt today.

And, of course there were some spills:

And finally, this is how the Ladybug ended the day.  I am telling you, if this girl continues to learn things this quickly, she will be in graduate school by the time she is 10!

Way to go girl!!!