Monday, January 17, 2011


We went to the Leisure Centre on Friday evening with my brother and sister-in-law.  Both of my kids love to swim, especially at the Leisure centre.  Unfortunately the waterslide was closed due to the cold (it goes outside), but we enjoyed the waves and lazy river and then relaxed in the warm toddler pool while the kids played with toys.  My youngest kept asking to go, "around and around and around" in the lazy river.  The only thing I didn't like was how trashed my hair was after, due to the chlorine, and the fact that I was in public in a swimsuit.  I'm know I'm not the only woman to feel self-conscious in a swimsuit, but if I followed my natural inclination to wait until I had the perfect body to go swimming, my children would never know what a pool was!

I briefly worked at the Leisure Centre many years ago and I'll let you in on a little secret: the best time to go swimming is on a weekday morning.  The place is practically deserted and it's clean, especially as the water has been filtering all night and the change rooms have been cleaned and hosed down.  There are virtually no kids there, unless they are little and accompanied by parents.  Of course it has to be a weekday when school is in session, otherwise you get all the middle school aged children that have been dropped off for the day by their parents and are unsupervised.  I think this holds true for most public use facilities.  It gives home-school families a distinct advantage over those of us that have to adhere to a school calendar and only have weekends, evenings and school holidays for family outings.

On Saturday we went out to the farm for supper and enjoyed an amazing chocolate fondue, thanks to my brother & sister-in-law's 10 lb. Bernard Callebaut chocolate Santa.  (Which didn't help the body/swimsuit situation).  It was very quiet at our house this weekend since our oldest stayed overnight two nights at the farm with her grandparents and aunties & uncle.  The girls had a tearful goodbye on Saturday night when the older one decided to stay another night.  Of course, they are the best of friends when apart, and fight like cats and dogs when they're together.

Here's a completely unrelated, but amazing link.  If you ever wondered what you should be doing with your empty toilet paper rolls, you can give this a try!

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