One of the things we love about this time of year is that our summer activities include things we don't get to otherwise do all year. This past week included a couple of summer "firsts" for us, and we had a lot of fun!
The girls got to go on their first boat ride of the year - and are already asking when we can go again :) They especially like helping Grandpa steer the boat (like Amaya below:)
To keep busy while preschool is out, we signed the girls up for summer dance lessons again. Last year, Liana wasn't so sure what to make of it. This year, she couldn't wait! Watching them have a total blast as they skip and hop across the dance floor and practice their little routine with such enthusiasm and joy is seriously one of my favorite Mommy-moments :)
Ready for dance class! (Liana left)
I also had my first triathlon of the season last Sunday. I was a little nervous as the extremely long winter and cold spring had left Minnesota lake temperatures well below norm; and a few days before the race we received notice that (for the first time ever!) race officials were letting athletes opt out of the swim if they were concerned for their "personal safety!" That didn't sound good! But I suffered through a brutally cold practice swim earlier last week and was therefore confident that I could at least survive the 1/4 mile swim in the water. Much to everyone's relief and surprise, the lake did heat up a little during the days leading up to the event, and I found it quite manageable (even though we were still watching other swimmers being pulled out of the water!). The rest of the race was absolutely gorgeous and a lot of fun - my favorite triathlon to date! It helped that I've been training for my first Olympic distance race coming up later this summer, which made the shorter distances feel a lot more manageable than I remembered them from last year. I was pleased with my time - and most importantly, had a lot of fun!
At the race, we also helped set a new Guiness Book of World Record for the most people treading water in a single location. Apparently, the old record was 305, and set in Finland in 2002. After Sunday's event, a new record of 469 Water "Treaders" will be sent in to Guinness World Records. So there you have it - I guess I'm now a world record holder :)