Sunday, July 04, 2010


Yesterday, Erin & I went to a birthday party for Ethan.  She was so psyched that I actually got her to wear the swimsuit of my choice.  (Of course it helped that Chianna loves monkeys & was supposed to be there.) She had a total blast helping him celebrate turning 5!  It was a pool party so I was worried. 

Erin's never had a professional swim lesson in her life.  Anyone who knows Erin, knows that she had a horrible time with water for the first 5-6 years of life.  Well, my girl shocked me for sure.  When we went to Texas a few years ago for our travel group reunion, Erin wanted to go into the pool so badly that she begged me.  After Amy gave her a few impromptu lessons, I allowed her in the pool.  It was a big step for us.

Fast forward to yesterday.  Everyone helped out by keeping an eye on Erin.  Any time I went to look at her, she stopped what she was doing so I followed my instincts & walked away.  A while later, Candy & Grace came to let me know that Erin was swimming & doing a really good job of it too.  I went to peek at her & all of a sudden she wanted to show me so I watched (with my heart in my throat) & WOW!! The girl can swim!  Well!  I could barely get Erin out of the pool to eat lunch & she sure didn't want to leave to go home.

Once we got home, Erin ran out to play with our neighbor's children.  They live next door & are awfully sweet boys who also go to the same camp as Erin.  I'd have thought she'd be tired from all that pool time.  Nope.  She didn't even want to come in for dinner! 

Needless to say Erin was massively overtired & refused to go to bed.  At 10:00 David & I put our collective feet down & forced the issue.  Not 10 minutes later she came out because July 4th celebrations came early in our neighborhood.  Fireworks going off means loud noises.  Loud noises means Erin doesn't go to sleep alone.  Yup.  I had to go to bed too.

And that's where the "Oops!" comes in.  Erin loves to cuddle at night & got right up to me.  She put her ice cold hands on my back, & I jumped.  Poor baby! I accidentally hit her square in the face.  That tooth that was semi-loose was now bleeding & hanging by a thread.  Oh yea.  Way to go Tammie.  Erin cried.  I cried.  David stood there trying to get us to stop crying & reminded us that it was an accident.

This morning Erin came in to show me what the tooth looked like dangling.  Yuck! I hate wiggle teeth!  She left the room & came back seconds later.  The tooth was in a napkin.  Now the kid is really toothless!


Vivian M said...

oh wow! The tooth fairy is coming!

Congrats Erin on learning how to swim! :o)

Love Letters To China said...

It was amazing to watch Erin swim yesterday. She did such a great job. Loved visiting with you too. Happy 4th to you and your family!

Life with JJ, Starr and Spice said...

Erin is a super swimmer and super cute with her toothless grin!

Love you guys!

Sandra said...

Way to go, Erin! I know what a struggle you all had with water, so this is HUGE!

Erin is cute as ever, even without some teeth. I swear, it is like seeing Tahlia 2 years into the future whenever I see pictures of Erin!