Dear Thomas and Katie,
Yesterday (Sunday) was a very wet, rainy day in Sheffield, so your Grandad and I decided to take Anais and Harvey swimming to the Doncaster Dome:
The Doncaster Dome is a large water park with swimming pools, slides, jacuzzis, waterfalls, waves and lots of other fun things to do for children. You can even swim outdoors … Brrrrr! I took you both there once when you were little, and you had a great time then as well.
Anais is a really good swimmer! She can kick strongly with her legs and move her arms at the same time! She was always saying to me, “I want to swim on my own!” (I was nearby in case she got into trouble, but she wanted to be off exploring!)
← She went on this waterslide with me three times! On the third go, with her sitting on my knee, we went really fast and both got a really good dunking. You used to love this slide too! In fact, Thomas, you and I went on a really big, fast slide together at Doncaster that made a huge splash on the bottom … I couldn’t persuade Harvey and Anais to go on that one but they watched as Grandad went down it.
Harvey has trouble with his ears so doesn’t like too much splashing, but towards the end he was kicking well and travelling across the pool too. A man blew his whistle at us to tell me off for lifting him over an area where we shouldn’t have been – oops!
We played a game of ‘sharks’ where Harvey and Anais swam several feet away from me and I dived down underwater and tickled their feet- they liked that!
Afterwards we all had a nice snack in the cafe; as Harvey ate his fish fingers Anais told us about how Oliver at school pulls her hair. Then we all went back to Nana’s where she’d made a lovely home-made chicken pie and raspberry crumble for us all. Yum!
How’s your swimming coming along, Thomas and Katie? I’m sure you’re both excellent swimmers. I look forward to you showing me what you can do!
Lots of love - look after each other!
[P.S. The photos in this story are from the Doncaster Dome brochure because you're not allowed to take pictures at the pool - Daddy]