You may have noticed on my 'List of 100 things to do' that I crossed out that Jay had been booked into Jr Lifeguards and swimming lessons. Well that's not entirely true. He has normally done these things over summer vacation but he decided he didn't want to do swimming lessons this summer (he is a pretty good swimmer though) and unfortunately the Jr Lifeguard program this year clashed with our upcoming vacation. So instead we have him doing a number of other water activities. His first one was today.
I booked him into a day of snorkeling with the San Diego Oceans Foundation. This is a wonderful organization. They have a number of programs that they are committed to such as pollution prevention, reef monitoring, seabass restoration and marine science education. They rely heavily on volunteers (of which Jay will be volunteering with them throughout the next school year), memberships and fundraisers.
The day was not just about snorkeling, the kids were also taught about conservation and the marine life they would be able to see. This was a fantastic opportunity for Jay as he has hopes of becoming a Marine Biologist one day. Apparently his instructor for the day has some photographs to share with me, so once they come through I will update this post, or maybe pop them into my Sunday Snapshots. He got to see some amazing marine life such as lobsters, starfish, octopus, fish and sand dollars to name just a few. Oh and he was even able to touch an octopus after one of the instructors picked it up so they could get a closer look.
After watching Jay for a while I let the babies out of the stroller to run around in a playground that was at the bay. They had a great time. For the first time ever Marisol only wanted to be with Flynn. If he went down the slide she would look over every side of the play equipment until she could see him saying 'Finn Finn' the whole time and then she wouldn't follow him down the slide, she'd climb down the play equipment to where he was climbing up the stairs again so she could go all the way to the top with him. It really was very sweet. She was so protective over him today.