are you ready???

Jay is turning into quite the little fish and while he isn’t really swimming on his own I wouldn’t doubt if he was by the end of the summer.  Jay loves to…

-jump off the side of the pool to people

-do “penguin” dives from the spa into the pool (it’s a little dive on his belly)

-stiff stiff (where Jamie, in the pool, holds his ankles and lifts Jay over his head until he drops him and Jay makes a huge splash)

-fly in the pool (think this but imagine a water landing)

-jump into the deep end while people are holding him (tandem jump)

-swim from person to person, which he can do if the people are about 6 feet apart

-hang from the edge of the pool by his arms and go all of the way around

-do “cannon-bobs” (a cannonball backflip launched by Jamie)

-take submarine rides (swimming underwater while riding piggy back on someone)

-have splashing wars with his brother (which makes Charlie laugh and squeal with delight)

However, my favorite part of it all is probably the super cute “ARRRRE you READY!!!” announcement every time he does a trick, especially if it is accompanied with the fist pump. Honestly, he is so fearless in the pool that it is a little unnerving.  So in an effort to prevent him from just leaping in without anyone knowing we make him ask before he does anything if the person he is going to jump/ swim/ dive to is ready.

All of it is precious and makes my heart full when I watch him enjoying every minute.  Fortunately for us we have a great pool within walking distance of the house- thanks Mimi and Pepere for making sure the admittance fee is reasonable ;)

I know that we will have plenty more underwater photos before the summer is through but here are a few that we took a couple weekends ago that I really like.  Enjoy!

this one isn’t actually underwater but Charlie is watching Jay swim and jump

stiff stiff - Jay has gotten stronger and Jamie can hold his ankes instead of his knees now which is harder

I LOVE this next one- they are like two peas in a pod, even their hair matches :)

"cannon-bob" pre-flight

"cannon-bob" landing

We did take some video too… although I am surely not together enough to get that up for you. Maybe I can get that up soon- subtle hint to my video guy ;)

late sunday swim

Most of our Sunday was spent cleaning up from the shrimp boil on Saturday (many thanks to all who stuck around Saturday to help pick up; many hands made light work).  However, when the majority of the cleaning and packing up was done Jamie headed over to help his Dad build a trellis for a new bougainvillaea plant they added during his parents re-landscaping project.  I stayed back while the boys napped but joined him after they woke up.  Charlie got to take his first turn in the porch swing, or any swing for that matter, and both boys along with me, Jamie and Mimi took a dip in the pool- which was also Charlie’s first swim.  It’s still a little bit chilly, Jay’s teeth start chattering pretty soon after getting wet, but it didn’t stop either of them from enjoying the water.  Charlie splashed and giggled the whole time and Jay went non-stop regardless of the shivering.  The swimming from last year is starting to come back to Jay and right now he adores jumping in and taking submarine rides on Daddy’s back.  I am pretty sure by the end of the summer we will have made a full blown fish out of him… gills here we come!

it’s been a while…

Honestly, I feel like it has been so long since I have sat down to write a proper blog post and it probably has been.  However, don’t get your hopes up too much- I am not writing one today either… Just wanted to check in, say that we are still here and that I promise after I get my act together, rap up some of the projects that I have been working on and possibly finish going through some of the dozens of photos that I have been neglecting we will be back.

Until then, enjoy this photo of Jay Bird at the splash pad a few weeks ago.  Doesn’t he look like such a big boy??  He has so many “tricks” up his sleeves these days and has been such a ham!  Love that kid :)

splashin’ in the waves

When we were at the beach we spent a good portion of the time splashing in the relaxing waves, floating on Maggie’s endless supply of floats or playing Frisbee.  All of which I caught on camera- again, yahoo for the water camera!!

Mimi and Jay
Uncle Bob and Aunt Nancy

Kenny, Aunt Holly and Maggie
love this one of Nicole!

a family shot!

this may not look like that great of a photo BUT there is a dolphin fin in the top left corner (yes, it is really small and hard to see but it's there)!!! That's what everyone was looking at...

Jay loved the Frisbee games.  He watched the first couple of games and then later on in the week he joined in with a little help from Jamie.  I wish you all could have seen his face and heard the squeals; he was having a grand time playing with everyone!

Jay's first toss
so excited to be included

Jay would get so sleepy after being out in the ocean for a while; with the rolling waves can you really blame him?  His eyes would start to get heavy and then he would rest his head on the shoulder of whomever was holding him.  One morning, mid-Frisbee game, he couldn’t resist actually falling asleep and crashed on Jamie for about 40 minutes.

getting sleepy
passed out
really, really passed out cold!

A few photos from after his nap; he woke up rather refreshed…

wearing Pepere's hat

Last but not least photos by Jay… the water camera is the only one that we really let Jay “play” with- it’s a whole lot more indestructible and far less expensive.  That being said here are a few of his masterpieces- I think we might have a budding photographer on our hands!

pool time at blue waters

Aside from lounging on the beach I am pretty sure that we spent the majority of our time hanging pool side while at Blue Waters. I think that by the end of the summer Jay might actually grow gills- seriously this little guys loves to swim! He hasn’t finished his swim lessons yet (we actually have quite a few more weeks left) but he can kick his little feet with the best of them.  Luckily Jamie thought to bring his underwater housing for our point and shoot camera so I was able to have a camera with me at all times- yea! Here are a handful of the photos that I got of people enjoying the pool.

our little fish- love how he you can see his smile in this one!
swimming to Mama
more swimming smiles
Maggie and Josh- posing underwater
even Grandpa took a dip in the pool!
Mimi and Grandpa
Maggie again :)
the steps of the pool were great for Jay; they had a big handrail and were really wide. He loved climbing in and out of the pool while we were swimming.


Jay "wearing" Daddy's sunglasses
more underwater posing
our fish swimming to the steps- and yes he actually would swim 2 or 3 feet on his own to the steps!

Jay really loved to hang out in the showers at Blue Waters, especially after he figured out how to use the foot sprayer all on his own.

shower fun

working the foot sprayer

love this one!


Jamie and I had a wonderful long weekend; I hated to see him leave for work this morning!  Granted I usually don’t like when he has to leave in the morning regardless of how long the weekend was.  We enjoyed some wonderful time as a family and also some wonderful time with family.  Jay also had his first dip in the pool this weekend!  I have many more pictures to share from his swim but I am busily trying to hack away at some of my work this week so I’ll tease you with just one from the day.

Jay and Jamie in the pool