Don't you hate when you are at the table next to the table of giggling, loud-talking women but love when you are a part of that table? Well, on Friday I was part of that table as the women of 1017 Washington Blvd. had their yearly reunion. No, 1017 Washington Blvd isn't a new reality show airing after 8th and Ocean on MTV. 1017 Washington was where I lived in college with my four roomies. Every year we get together and tell the same stories and laugh about the same old jokes (click here if you would like to read 17 inside jokes from my college days). This year, Kara was able to join us because she has finally taken up residence in Texas. We decided to throw in three kiddos (and one on the way--NOT me!) to the mix to make things more interesting.
God blessed me with amazing friends growing up and then blessed me again with more amazing friends when I went to college. These four women and I have shared many late nights of laughing hysterically, crying, complaining, rejoicing, and maturing. I can remember times standing in our plaid kitchen, in a circle, praying for each other. We have experienced many highs together and walked hand-in-hand through some tough times. We have stood up for each other at weddings, waited in delivery rooms for babies, and now share the trials of motherhood with each other. What a blessing! Being the faithful ACU alumni that we are, we attempted to take a picture of the children for the critically acclaimed ACU Today. Attempting to get a 10 month old, 11 month old, and 18 month old all seated, looking in the same direction, and smiling without eating their neighbor's hair or snatchsomeonemone's sippy cup is near to impossible. Don't look for any of these shots in the upcoming edition of ACU Today.
Saturday Tobe and I took Isaac for his first swimming experience. Being a water baby my own self, I figured Isaac would love the pool immediately. Wrong. Tobe and I lugged our stuff in and proudly made our way to the kiddie area as opposed to our normal spot (far, far away from the kiddie area). We claimed our spot and then smeared Isaac with SPF 200 and adorned him with a sun hat (despite the fact that neither Tobe nor I look good in hats, a trait we figure will be passed down to our children). We then proceed to the kiddie pool, so happy to have a baby to frolic in this special area. Isaac then proceeded to cry the moment his feet touched the water. The lady sitting on the edge of the kiddie pool then proceeded to glare at us. Out of the water we went, back to the safety of our towels. Isaac sat on his towel, eating some snacks, and looking upon the whole pool scene with disdain.
We let him rest about ten minutes, then we decided to take him to the big pool and test the waters over there. I sat on the side with him and let both our feet dangle in the water. Isaac kept his stuck out above the water for about five minutes before he finally relaxed and let them drop in to the cool aqua pool. It was then that he decided he loved the pool. He let Tobe walk him around the shallow end and swim him around on his tummy. He laughed and smiled the whole time. The original plan was to dunk him during this first swimming experience (Sounds cruel, but you are supposed to do it early on in a child's swimming career or they will be one of those kids who refuses to go underwater out of fear), but held off this week due to Isaac's slow start. We decided that he loved the pool after all, but was just taken back by the idea that we expected him to swim in the kiddie pool. Apparently, he's too cool for that.