Where We Live: The Pool

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School is back in session in Cobb County, so for this month’s Where We Live blog circle post, I thought it would be a fun time to look back on the fun we’ve had our summer. My daughter loves the water, so we spend a lot of our time in the summer at the pool.

We live in a small neighborhood, so we don’t have a neighborhood pool, but we have a lot of other pools that we go to. We kicked off the summer with a swim “camp” taught by the swim team coaches in my friend’s neighborhood to get younger kids ready for swim team in future years. My daughter finally learned to swim without holding her nose, and she learned roughly how to do the front crawl stroke. At the end of season party, they had a “mini meet” for the kids in the swim camp (swimming the width of the pool instead of the length) and my daughter won her heat. She was so excited!
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Can you tell she likes to swim? There are always a lot of smiles when she’s in the pool. 🙂
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We spent a little mom and daughter time a friend’s pool one day. It gave me a chance to play around and try some fun photo ops, and even some mom and daughter selfies with my camera’s interval timer.
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We have some very wonderful friends who play host to several friends on the weekend for swimming and dinner by the pool. One night we even stayed until after dark, and the kids got a chance to swim with the pool lights on.  They sure loved that!
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When we went to my parents’ house at the end of the summer, I tried our waterproof point-and-shoot for some underwater pictures. My daughter had a lot of fun jumping into the pool over and over again and swimming right at the camera. I also tried some shots looking up out of the water at the clear blue Texas sky and the trees that overhang the pool for a neat effect.
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School may be back in session, but we’ve still got an end of summer pool party for our neighborhood, and our friends’ pool is heated, so hopefully we’ll get plenty more swimming time in! Being in the water sure makes my girl happy. 🙂
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Please continue on in the blog circle by going to Pics & Papers to view the work of the talented Stacey Carpenter!

12 Responses

  1. kersten

    I love the tones in these photos! The water is such a beautiful color and the underwater shots are awesome!

  2. Sheila

    Love your underwater shots Kelley! Though my favorite of your series is the one of your daughter in her colorful swimsuit gliding along just below the surface of the water — beautiful!

  3. Jen

    Wonderful images! I love the one where she is just under the surface in the bright suit- it’s stunning. And that cannonball? Perfect 10. Great way to memorialize the summer.

    • kelleyk

      Thank you! It’s a point-and-shoot camera that we bought for daughter at Costco last year – a Fuji XP60. We got it because it’s shockproof so we figured it would survive being dropped/bumped by a child, but the waterproof feature has been lots of fun at the pool as you can see.

  4. jayne maartens

    Love all of these kelley! Yes, you definitely have a little fish in the family – such lovely memories of her summer in the water 😉

  5. Faye

    These are fabulous images Kelley! Love your underwater shots and I especially love the ones of you with your sweet girl!

  6. Rebeccah

    LOVE these!! I am just in love with underwater photography these days- love seeing someone else do it on not just a DSLR!

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