Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Swim Swam Swum

In our household, it's no secret that everything revolves around swimming. 

We are THAT family. 

If you have a kid on a swim team, then you know the amount of commitment it takes on a daily basis, not only from your athlete, but from the rest of the family as well. Every member of the family has to constantly make sacrifices to meet the demands of a grueling practice schedule, day in and day out, for hours on end. Not to mention the three-day swim meets all over the state where you sit ALL. DAY. LONG. to watch a one-minute race. 

What started as a fun summer past-time grew and developed into a passion and a calling. Swimming is not just a sport. It's a lifestyle, and you have to just give yourself over to it. There is no doing it halfway if you want to compete.

I never thought I'd be a swim mom. Never even crossed my brain. But when you find something that your child loves and you recognize a gifting in that area, you just go with it. Now, my car is packed to the brim with swim gear and I find myself doing way too many laundry loads of towels to feed this ravenous swim monster. 

My kids always smell like chlorine and I have to invest in conditioner so their hair doesn't feel like it was transplanted from bales of hay, but that's just the nature of the beast. It commandeers every aspect of our lives from what kinds of food we eat and when we eat it to where we go on vacation (because the only time we travel is for swim meets, of course). Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining. We are doing what we love and that makes it all worth it.

In February, we got to travel to Corpus Christi for STAGS Short-Course, which is the championship swim meet for South Texas. It just so happened to fall on Valentine's Day Weekend, and as luck would have it, the weather was so nice we were able to go to the beach. 

We spent last weekend in Dallas at TAGS Short-Course, which is the championship meet for the whole state of Texas. Chad came in 2nd for 9 year-old boys in 100 IM and 200 IM and he came in 3rd for 100 back. We were all so happy to see Chad rewarded for the hours he devotes to practicing each and every day, 6 days a week. 

Now, we have just 17 more weeks until TAGS Long-Course Championships in San Antonio! 

Time to start practicing...

Chad in Dallas at TAGS
Chad and Sarah in Corpus Christi for STAGS
My squad at the hotel in Dallas

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