*A* is on swim team this summer and she totally rocks. I absolutely love the coach (who happens to be the coach for the university as well) and love that she enjoys swimming so much. When she first started going to conditioning for swim team, she wanted to play around, like you usually do when you go to a pool, but she quickly realized swim team is not about playing. It's work! They make it fun but they are teaching specific skills that will improve their strokes.
It really is amazing to me to watch how he teaches 5 to 18 year olds some of the same techniques, and how everything *A* learns has a purpose as I watch kids three times her age using those same skills. Swim team in Sewanee is one of those things I am going to hate to leave behind. We love to go watch her master new things everyday and I just know her first meet is going to be so fun!
We've also been spending a big hunk of our time these days at our new garden spot. Sewanee has a large Community Garden which we've learned rarely has openings. However, a friend's neighbor had extra space in her plot and offered it to them. They asked if we'd be interested and we've since asked a few other families. I think all together now we have 6 families contributing. It's a huge area and if it all works out, we're going to have so much food this summer! We went out there today and transplanted our strawberries from last year's failed garden spot at our house. So far we have tomatoes, peppers, basil, squash, cucumber, brocoli, carrots, radishes, beans, lettuce, strawberries, blackberries, and cilantro. We plan to add melons and pumpkins too.
The kids love going out there too and finding worms and eating any strawberries that may be ripe. I'm hoping to start a blog about the garden for all the families to contribute and share their experiences with it. I'll post a link here when it's up and running.