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So happy about the first swim of the year!
One of the main features of our property is the pond, conspicuously situated right by the house. Most people around us are content having their water features be merely decorative but with kids, there’s zero chance we’d be able to keep them out of it. There’s too much mystery and adventure to be had just dipping their toes into the water.
So peaceful.
All winter, the kids were waiting for the pond to freeze so they could play hockey, ice skate, speed skate, and dust snow angels on the surface. Now that it’s warm, they’ve been impatiently waiting for the first swim. I kept catching them at the water’s edge, trying to snag minnows and tadpoles, or making mudpies. Yes, the amount of muddy laundry coming into the house has increased tenfold with the nicer weather.

Our spring has been about the epitome of perfection in a lot of ways. Though we’ve had a lot of rain, the temperatures have been so mild and enjoyable. Doesn’t exactly warm up the pond quickly but eventually, the ice was gone and with one hotter day when all the kids were at home, it was decided that we’d go swimming for our family night activity. They’ve been waiting since last October to swim in the pond again and consequently, I’ve never seen them change into their swimsuits, life jackets, then dive in so fast.

Everyone except Peter, of course. He hung out in a nearby patch of shade and napped, which is currently his idea of a good time.
One thing I always seem to forget every spring is just how much work a pond actually requires, especially since we choose not to use heavy chemicals to control the algae and weeds that inevitably pop up with the sunshine and warmer weather. That means instead of spraying everything, it requires a lot of manual labor–scraping and pulling and burning plants to keep them under control. It falls under the same level of enjoyability as weeding the garden but once it’s done, it really does look so much better and makes swimming fun. I for one don’t love being tangled in algae when I’m going out for a dip in the water.
Ew. So gross.

The other problem is that it’s an awfully large area to cover. Our pond isn’t huge but it sure has a huge shoreline.

One scoop of algae at a time.

Luckily, we can get the kids to help quite a bit without complaint. It’s surprisingly easy to convince them that whatever chore they’re doing while swimming is fun because they’re swimming while doing it. See? Parenting win.


Of course, they’re also good for a laugh while they’re struggling to drag their armloads of plant material onto the shore. Guess it’s a good lesson in buoyancy?


We didn’t get to stay out long–not that anyone would’ve lasted long since they were shivering with full-fledged teeth chattering within twenty minutes–but they were undoubtedly happy that the swimming season has officially begun. Time to blow up the big peacock, break out the fishing poles, shove off shore in the paddleboat, and enjoy the pond to the fullest.

Ah, so tranquil.

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