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British Summer


School doesn’t get out until July 6th.  The temperature here hovers in the high 60s, maybe low 70s.  The sun makes rare appearances, but we’ve had at least a little bit of rain most days.  And I have yet to don a pair of shorts, not even once.  Beach weather, this is not.

The term “British Summer” seems to be an oxymoron.  It doesn’t feel like summer here.

Living in D.C., you get hot and humid summers, the kind that make me retreat into the air conditioned house and peruse real estate listings in cooler climates.  I don’t miss the 90+ degree temps or the 80% humidity that made the air feel thick and heavy.

But it doesn’t feel like summer here, no matter what the calendar says.

I’ll take 68 degrees over 98 degrees every day of the week, every month of the year.  But I’d love just one 80-degree day with the sun shining, if only to finally break out a pair of shorts and get some color on my pasty white legs.

I’m holding out hope that when July arrives, some warm and sunny days arrive with it.  But I’m definitely not complaining — British summer is vastly better than D.C. summer, and God knows I’ve spent the last decade loudly announcing my hatred for the heat of July and August in D.C.

I just want a tan on my legs. 

Also, we did find a beach in England last summer, and the biggest thing we’re missing about summer at home.



Gabe on the wall

photo credit: Leslie Sallberg

At the beginning of the swim season, Gabe set a goal to make All-Stars this year.  At eight years old, he’s at the older end of his age group, and he’s been swimming with 8-unders since he was five. 

This, he said, was his year.

He worked hard this season.  He improved his times, he improved his starts, he improved his finishes.  And it all paid off: in the Divisional meet, he came in 2nd in back stroke, 1st in breast stroke, and 1st in 100M IM (a 25-meter lap of each of the 4 strokes).  He killed it. 

Despite the fact that we don’t swim in the fastest division in the league, his times were good enough to get him into All-Stars, not in just one, but in two strokes. 

This past weekend, he swam in his first All-Star meet. 

We are so proud of him.  And, even better, he’s so proud of himself.

Sometimes, the universe hands you a perfect teaching moment all wrapped up with a bow on top.  Look, my son:  HARD WORK PAYS OFF!

Just Keep Swimming

O goggles

My favorite thing about summer vacation is swim team.  It’s just FUN.

My kids have swim practice every morning for a few hours.  I hang out with other parents from the neighborhood while all our kids run and play and swim.  Occasionally I’ll swim laps while the kids practice and then I marvel at how much better than me my kids are at swimming.  Like, WAY, WAY better.

O vs. Q

We have meets one weeknight evening and every Saturday morning and it’s fun and competitive.  My kids love it and so do Matt and I.B and G

We’ve been swimming on this team for six summers now — since B was just 5 years old — and all my kids are FINALLY old enough to actually participate in the meets every week.  Q could NOT be more excited that he gets to swim FOR REAL.  He’s only been waiting his whole entire life for this.

Q first official A meetSo even if we struggle to get into a good rhythm at home, at the pool, we’re always happy.

The Unofficial Start of Summer

1st day of summerThe first day at the pool marks the unofficial start of summer.  This is where we would normally spend most of our waking hours as soon as school ends.

This year will be a little different though — our current plan is to leave from here on the last day of school, head to Boston to say good-bye up there, and fly to England the last week of June.

Since we’re missing most of the swim season, we’re taking full advantage of the time we have.  Well, the crazy children are, anyway.  That water was COLD.  I enjoyed it all from the comfort of my lounge chair.

summah timeWelcome summer!  We missed you.

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