Thursday, October 20, 2011

Three Things Thursday for real

1. Swimming!
It is great to do a sport you are so bad at because it is so easy to improve which makes you feel like a rock star.  Today I doubled my free style distance. If I did that running I would probably injure myself but not in swimming.  I did 4 sets of 2 laps each of free style!  Yes, that is a big deal! Two laps in a row my friends!  No drowning involved. And get this!  I used rhythmic breathing for half a lap!  Baby steps, baby steps!  Again, I enjoyed it a ton and I am sure everyone there was glad they looked good in comparison.  I was glad I was in a pool next to the wall for those two laps.  Swimming in a lake can't happen for quite some time thank goodness!

2. A Great Field Trip
We went on our first field trip of the year. The forecast was terrible and we almost cancelled it. It turned out to be truly gorgeous most of the day with a few rain showers.  The trip involved being in the woods all day, lots of trails and lots of water.  That is a sure hit with 3rd and 4th graders!  It was nice to be outside and not to be constantly telling kids to use their inside voices and stop tipping in your chairs and please stop the noises.   Here are a few of the 1000 pics I took.
A running relay game to start the day

Hiking to the next station

Meeting a tree

Measuring the circumference

"We're not tipping in our chairs today."

3. I found out that bike jacking is a real problem. When I mentioned it in my last post I thought it was a strange occurrence but apparently it really happens with some frequency.  In some places children can't ride bikes to school because of it. THAT IS HORRIBLE! What is wrong with people!!! 


Michael said...

I can't even imagine being knocked off my bike and having it stolen. Crazy.

Love the field trip pics. I'm jealous...looks like a blast.

Richelle said...

That field trip looks like so much fun! I loved class field trips as a kid!

Congrats on the swimming improvement! I'm tempted to take a master's class so I can become a better swimmer myself.

Liz said...

I really like your take on doing a sport that you're bad at! You are motivating me to do more swimming becuase I am so bad, I should be able to improve dramatically!

Teamarcia said...

I love your perspective on swimming. But will it inspire me to take the plunge??
Love the field trip pics!

Johann said...

Well done with the swimming! That field trip looks like a place I would love to visit. Yes, the bike jackings really suck! Have a great weekend!

Christi said...

Great job on the swimming! I love being a rock star in the water as well.

Can I go on a field trip with you? That looks like a lot more fun than being at my office.

Bike jacking just plain sucks!

Kandi said...

Glad you are still enjoying swimming.
That field trip looks like fun.
I've never heard of Bike Jacking but it sounds crazy! Nobody should have to feel afraid to ride a bike. So sad.

Darlene said...

I'm impressed with your swimming progress. No races yet on your schedule?

Molly said...

I've never heard of bike jacking until just now! That's horrible!

Giorgio said...

Glad you're improving your swimming :)
Have a nice weekend!

misszippy said...

On number one--sign up for the bay swim with me! Lottery begins Nov. could visit Emily and swim the bay all in one weekend. Sold? ; )

Char said...

What a fun learning day you had with your class. The excursions I had way back in primary school were the days that I best remember - even now. And I'll bet it's the same for your kids.

The Jesse said...

that field trip looks like a lot of fun. i took two big field trips during my school years --- a wilderness week long trip in 6th grade and a week long trip in 8th grade to washington d.c. :)

Fran said...

The field trip looks like so much fun. I remember we did that too when I was a kid. Always the best days because we didn't have to sit all day and could go outside.

Black Knight said...

Glad you are improving in your swimming. I am sure you will cover soon 1500 meters in about 45 minutes (you can do it because you are a runner).
The field trip looks fun, my wife will do the same with her students on monday (she is an elementary school teacher).

Marlene said...

That field trip looks & sounds like so much fun!

Congrats on your swimming improvements, keep it up!!!