Once Zech finally realized he couldn't play on the slide, he was determined to have his own afternoon of swimming bliss. He loved that he could just walk into the water, splash and kick his feet, and just about do whatever he wanted there.
The swimming beach is quite large, and we were able to spread out as much as we needed to. This spot was fun for Gabriel because of the overhead sprinkler. You can't really see it very well in a picture, but it's a lot of fun to run under or just play in.
After Gabe realized Zech really wasn't too interested in playing with him, he figured he was off the hook and could run back over to the slides. They were definitely the highlight of his experience at the beach.
My mother and I switched kids for the day, so I had Mikaela in place of Ariel. She was not feeling like take a swim, but seemed to enjoy just sun bathing. I thought she might be getting hot and need a little cool off.
One of the great aspects of swimming in the lake is the MUD! You can get as dirty as you want, and then just run over and wash yourself off. There's no need to try to keep everything clean. Mikaela started a mud fight with Zechariah, and he thoroughly enjoyed himself.
As our afternoon was coming to a close, Zechariah discovered his freedom in the water. He was thrilled to find that he could just walk and walk and walk. He didn't have any fear of the water getting deeper or covering his head, he just thought the ground would always be there for him to walk along. I had to rescue him a few times and every time he would just go back and do the same thing. I was amazed at how little he feared the water. Normally he is so timid, but this time he was like a little warrior going out to fight with the water.
Life is so good, and I love what we are making of it!