June 22, 2010

Swim, Baby, Swim (Revisited)

Allow me once again to be a boastful, bragging father. On Saturday Mia had her first ever swim meet. Sure, she came in last in both races she swam but to me she completely kicked ass. Luckily for you I had my camera with me so you can see just how awesome she was.

Owen held a competition of his own, taking on a donut the size of his head. He got so into it, he attracted quite a crowd of onlookers. Owen 0, donut 1.

Mia got a little last-minute coaching.


And she's off.


When she comes up for air, she really comes up for air.


If you look closely, she's totally got her tongue hanging out.


The next race was the backstroke. We think this is her I'm gonna kick your ass face.


Off she goes!


Hi dad! Yeah, I had a long lens on the camera but perhaps I got a little distractingly close.


and that, my friends, is my awesome little girl.

Posted by Chris at June 22, 2010 7:00 AM

so freaking cute.

Posted by: meanie at June 22, 2010 7:47 AM

My goodness she looks so serious...

Love the last shot. Congrats to her.

Posted by: Nat at June 22, 2010 8:34 AM

She is so dang cute. And definitely Awesome. Go Mia go!
(Of course, Owen's accomplishment is nothing to sniff at heh.)

Posted by: Heather at June 22, 2010 8:46 AM

OMG, your baby girl is all grown up! I can't stand it! I remember, just yesterday wasn't it, she was a baby! Now a big girl and a swimmer to boot!

Posted by: Maribeth at June 22, 2010 9:00 AM

Oh man, she looks so cute and grown-up. I love her "game face."

Posted by: Fraulein N at June 22, 2010 9:18 AM

She is amazing! Go Mia go!

Posted by: Heather at June 22, 2010 9:58 AM

Way to go Mia! She is so awesome, no wonder you are so proud. Love the photos.

Owen, good job takin on that huge donut, dude!


Posted by: debb at June 22, 2010 10:52 AM

I concur. She is awesome.

Posted by: Sabrina at June 22, 2010 10:56 AM

Awesome, Chris! These are the things that help you over the "Oh, my God, my kids are growing up, make it stop!" phase and make you eager for the Next Thing.

Posted by: Brooke at June 22, 2010 11:43 AM

Oh My Goodness!! Clap Clap Clap Mia you go girl!! I have been reading your blog since both babies were in utero :) I love it when you share pics. You have every reason to be proud of your awesome family Chris!

Posted by: Trish V at June 22, 2010 12:03 PM

Definitely awesome.

Posted by: Katherine at June 22, 2010 3:11 PM

She is all business...so awesome! This might sound strange but I kind of feel proud of her and I don't even know you guys in 'real' life!! Fantastic pics :)

Posted by: Jane in Pa at June 23, 2010 12:10 AM

She IS awesome!!
At her age I was still vaguely afraid of the water!

Mia - you go girl!!

Posted by: Rose @Dozenroses13 at June 23, 2010 1:19 AM

these pictures are so heart-MELTING. love them. she is a GEM. (owen and his sprinkle donut are pretty adorable, too).

Posted by: kati at June 23, 2010 1:28 AM

Oh man, how cute. The smile says it all.

Posted by: Brad at June 24, 2010 11:14 AM

Great photos Chris! She looks so freaking determined!

Posted by: Debra at June 25, 2010 3:46 AM

wow! amazing!! ok, i have to ask - I was at an August birthday party at your pool (our monsters went to the same preschool the last 2 years, so I'm not stalking you, you're just locals to me) & I swear, your little girl was just learning to swim. What did you do in the off-season?? I'm dying to know, as whatever it was worked wonders. Did you send her to that 'costs more than a year of preschool per month' swimschool, or did you do twice a week lessons at the community center all year; whatever you did, I'm dying to know your secret to independence at the pool (as a mom of a 2 1/2 year age spread of 2 monkeys!!). Last year was the year where I still had to have my hands on 2 kids; this year (at another local pool, not yours, just in case you wondered if I was really stalking), I'm truly envious of the moms who can read magazines & am trying to become one before all of my subscriptions run out :) (ok, kidding, sort of)

Posted by: emma at June 26, 2010 8:34 PM

Those photos nearly brought tears to my eyes....you can so SEE the happiness in her eyes! Makes me think of the amazing things my little girl will do in her life! Great job, Mia!!!

Posted by: Jenn at July 7, 2010 10:35 PM