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Alexis is about to turn 9.
For a long time she hated water. No water gun fun, no hose fun, no kiddie pool fun. Just flicking water off of your hand at her would get her upset. We were worried she would never like water.
In the summer of 07', my Old Guy, her 'papa', went and bought a big 'on top of the ground' pool.
The summers were hot here, day after day of 90-100 degree weather. He yearned for a pool to cool off in after long days of driving rock-truck in the heat and dust.
Alexis stood by and watched the first time everyone got in the pool. We could see that she wanted to try it...she didn't want to be left out, but she just wasn't ready to take that step.
One day, when it was just her and papa, she asked him to get in with her...he took her into the water, held her up and swam her around....she smiled....she giggled..... "i'm swimming nana!"... and she was off. Within a few days she was jumping off of the little board, having fun fights with papa, splashing and laughing. He taught her how to move her arms and legs, how to float, and how to go under.
Now, she is our Water Girl. Whether sprinkler, or pool, she is in it.
These are photos of her first week of pool fun.