We went swimming at the YMCA this evening. At the beginning of the year our YMCA began testing children under 14. If they can swim 26 yards down the lap pool they are given an arm band each time they come the Y and they can swim on their own in either pool. We have been practicing with Natalie. My mom is a great swim teacher and so encouraging. She really helped Natalie with her confidence and encouraged her to take the test tonight. After a few practice runs in the small pool and one in the lap pool we asked the lifeguard to watch her. She Passed the Test!!!! She was so excited she swam around looking at the band on her arm the rest of the night. As I tucked her she asked if she could go back again tomorrow. It was fun to see the sense of accomplishment in her face.