Saturday, August 21, 2010

Houston, we have a rhythmic breather

Last year at swimming lesson during homeschool gym at the YMCA, Spark was unable to pass his level because of rhythmic breathing.  We decided to pull him out of swim lessons because there is no where to practice rhythmic breathing in the winter.  Our thought was we could work on it this summer and he could try again in the fall.  Well, fall is fast approaching and we hadn't done any work this area, so the last couple of days we have been hitting the beach for him to get some practice in.

We went early this morning, 9:30 a.m. but that's early enough, and this was the beautiful scene we saw when we pulled up in the car.   It was so humid the sun hadn't burned through the fog from the night yet.  We were the only ones there so it was like our own private beach.  A lot of times if we go before noon we have the place to ourselves.

As we were swimming this loon came about 20 feet from us and put on a little show flexing his wings and just being graciously stunning and beautiful.  Of course, by the time I tried to inconspicuously wade back to shore the get the camera with the hopes of getting some close up shots of him, he dove back down under the water.  Dad was able to get this one from shore to show how close he was to us.

And then the real reason we were there, Spark made some serious progress on learning how to rhythmic breath!    A few more times and he should be good to go for lessons this fall.