This week I could really see growth and maturity in Emily and it has made me LOVE having older kids. This is what we did. Emily is very familiar with the swim center having taken lessons there for three summers. I let Emily out of the van at the front entrance so she could check-in and get a head start on changing. Meanwhile, I parked the van. (It's always a bit of a walk to the entrance.) I unloaded Anna, Caleb, our stroller, and our swim bag. By the time I had done all of that, Emily was already in the pool and on time for class. She even had folded her change of clothes neatly where we sit to watch her. Amazing. I love having an older kid. I don't know if I would have done that last year or if Emily would have been mature enough to trust. Honestly, I might not have let her have this tiny bit of extra responsibility had it not been more or less necessary for us to be on time. I've been reminded how much growth and maturity takes place in just one year. It's mostly wonderful, but I can't help but think how quickly they are all going to grow up.
|Caleb's first year of lessons.|