Almost a week since my last post...yikes! Between orders, getting ready for market and 3 business trips in the next few weeks time escaped me. Monday Madness will be delayed by a day so I can photograph all of the fabulous that will be Monday Madness, but here is a hint, Lilly P stationery clearance ...25% off friends.
Mr. Grove, Mini K and I spent a long weekend at the fabulous Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Pennsylvania. It was actually a work trip, but we managed to squeeze in A LOT of time for FUN. Mini K spent Saturday at Kids Camp and I did a 6 mile hike, a lunch with friends and some pool time. Mr. Grove was all fired up, literally, at the shooting school. We booked, Jordan, the worlds BEST babysitter both nights, seriously she was so amazing I want her to move in with us and be Mini K's summer nanny next year.
But the best part of the trip was the pool. I have to give you the background first...Mini K feel into my in-laws pool last summer. Falling into a pool as a toddler when you can swim might not be scary, when you cannot swim, which was the case, can create lasting fear. For the past year we have tried every swimming lesson under the sun, group, mommy and me, private, you name it. NOTHING worked, Mini K insisted on being held and/or touching the bottom of the pool, and even then cried. I was just about to think I would be the only mom of a 16 year old at the baby pool, when a friend told me about ISR. Those 3 little letters now roughly translate to MIRACLES HAPPEN in our household. Now it is a commitment. Five days a week for 10 minutes a day, but it works. Sarah, Mini K's instructor, took her from screaming in fear to squealing in delight in 4 days...I AM SERIOUS. Five weeks later, she could swim the length of the pool and would turn over and float on her back when she was tired. She could also get to the surface of the water and float fully clothed: in both winter and summer clothing.
I can tell you all of that, but a picture is worth a thousand words. This is Mini K, fearless, hands in the air, going down a water slide by herself at the age of 3. You cannot see her fabulous Lilly P swimsuit, but trust me, she was rocking her favorite lime green monkey print.
There has been a lot of mom chatter on twitter lately about teaching toddlers various things. So for those of you struggling with swimming, you might want to check out ISR. Mr. Grove and I are so thankful to Sarah and this amazing program.
I am now trying to get the house in order and catch up on all of your blogs, before I catch my next flight out of town on Wednesday....oh yeah and how exactly it is already the middle of July.