Since my side of the family is rather large (although, not as big as Ben's) most of us were staying at a hotel. Which was super awesome because we had a pool and spa just down the stairs from our room. We hadn't taken the boys swimming in over 2 years, and even then Nephi was just a baby and can't remember anyway -- so we thought it would be great to reintroduce the little guys to the joys of swimming.
I remembered to pack all the swimming suits, but we stopped at Target and bought the boys some "water wings" or "arm floaties" (whichever term you prefer), so they would have a little confidence in the water, we didn't have to spend a fortune on a life vest, and we felt a little safer having them strapped to the boys skinny little arms. The boys were thrilled when we told them we would go swimming and they gladly donned the floaties along with their Thomas the Tank Engine swimming trunks I bought them last year on clearance.
But all the excitement was quickly snuffed when we got out to the pool and little feet got burnt on the hot cement.
Then they didn't trust the "water wings" and wouldn't leave the stairs...
They were hard-pressed to let go of the railing, even.
Not to mention the other kids splashing around and freaking my boys out by splashing water in their eyes. Sam and Nephi had little if any fun that first day and after about 30 minutes asked to go back inside.
But I knew that the boys would love swimming if they just had the proper equipment. So the next day we convinced the boys to give it another try. But this time, we went to Walmart and bought a few supplies...
1. Water in the eyes: Solved with goggles.
2. Not enough float: Solved with blow up tubes.
3. Hot cement: Solved with Buzz Light-Year water shoes.