Sorry for being a bit MIA recently. I picked up an infection last week that knocked me flat for about 4 days. I ended up going into Urgent Care and got a prescription. I'm fully on the mend now.
Mark had to pick up the swim lessons with Ian for his last week. I think he'll be ready for Level 1 the next time we sign up for swim lessons. He's still a bit nervous when he can't touch the bottom but doesn't scream. While I was doing the lessons with Ian I worked with him on going under the water to touch the bottom then pushing off from the bottom till his head broke the surface. It may be just a matter of time and mastering of skills.
Alex was passed to go into Level 3. Cam wasn't passed to go into Level 4 but I believe it was more due to missing a lesson (the night I went into Urgent Care) than lack of skill. The next session of lessons begins tonight so we'll see what happens with Cam then.
Tonight, I'll start swim lessons with Robbie. Which reminds me I need to get out to the store and pick up a package of Swimmers for him.
Alex's reading program is going well for the most part. I'm only required to be there for the first hour so I'm going to leave after that first hour this Friday and see if that works better. Alex just gets so wiggly, fidgety that I'm finding myself getting frustrated with him during the second half of the class which isn't any good for him. The homework has to be broken down into 20 minute increments or it doesn't get done at all because Alex digs in his heels. I really hope this is just because it's home and it doesn't carry over into school.
Mark took Cam with him to work on Thursday, just a small event at the Mandalay Bay. While they were there Mark checked on the Shark Reef Aquarium and got some tickets for the entire family for Friday.
So Friday afternoon (after Alex's class) we went down to the Mandalay Bay and visited the Shark Reef. A few of the cool features: the Komodo Dragon (from the Miami Metro Zoo), the Piranha, the "shipwreck" (which allowed all the fish to swim over, under, and around you) was really well done, and the Green Sea Turtle (Hello, Crush LOL). What's really neat though is that the Shark Reef was granted accreditation by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums which means they've proven consistent excellence in all aspects of animal care, education, conservation, and operations. All that from a casino attraction!