Posted in Activities for Children, Children, Daughter, Friends, Hotels, Le Top, le•top, Mom, Parenting, Swim Team, Swimming, Swimwear, tagged backstroke, bathing suit, freestyle, Le Top School of Fun collection, letop, letop blog, letop children's wear, swim lessons, swim team, swim tryouts, Swimming pool, tryouts on May 10, 2011 |
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Miranda is wearing a bathing suit from Le Top's 2011 Spring/Summer "School of Fun" collection.
This is a FIRST for Miranda—and for ME! After spending a lot of hours AND a lot of money on swim lessons, I figured we should put the swim lessons to the test. So I signed her up to be on the local swim team. I thought if you signed up, then you were automatically in. Well… I was wrong. They required a tryout to see if the child can swim across one lap. The pool where Miranda had lessons was half the length. And as far as I knew, the times we swam at friends’ pools or hotel pools, she could swim across, but I didn’t know if they were the same distance as one lap. Plus, it has been almost a year since Miranda had a swim lesson. Yikes! Talk about NERVE-WRACKING!
The reason for swim tryouts wasn’t to see how fast a child can swim or what strokes he/she can do in the water. The tryout was mainly for safety reasons. Children must be able to swim across the pool by themselves without help. So before Miranda’s turn in the water, I asked her how she felt. She was a little nervous but wasn’t afraid. She didn’t feel intimidated at all. “Are you sure? Was the pool in Hawaii this long? What stroke are you going to do? If you get tired half-way, stop and rest. Don’t feel bad.” Then she just looked at me with exasperation as if she just wanted to say, “Cool it, Mom!”
The coach called her name and, naturally, I was more nervous than her. She got in the water, kicked her skinny, long legs all the way across to the other end of the pool doing the freestyle. Then the guide in the water asked her if she wanted to hang on to the life preserver so she can get a “ride” back. She declined and said, “I’ll do the backstroke.” And she did, with perfect arms!
What a proud moment for me! She made the swim team and was so happy to back in the water after such a long, cold winter. Can’t wait for swim practices and swim meets. An exciting and fun summer awaits.
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Posted in Children, Children's Clothes, le•top, Sizes, Swimming, tagged bathing suit, girls, girls bathing suits, le to, le top, le top Spring 09 Collection, le•top, letop, letop Spring Collection, spring, Strawberry Fields, swim classes, swimsuit, water safety on March 9, 2009 |
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When my daughter was 7 months old, I enrolled her in a “Parent and Me” swim class. I needed something to break up our monotonous day of sleeping and eating. I was nervous and a bit afraid in the beginning because I didn’t know how she was going to react to being immersed in water, or if she might slip out of my fingers and swallow pool water. But on the flip side, isn’t this what swim classes are all about? It would be a good idea to introduce her to the sport and learn water safety.
Four years later, she is still taking swim class and she’s good at it! (Her swim teacher calls her a mermaid.) My husband and I were so amazed how well she picked up this activity. Neither one of us are swimmers, but seeing our daughter learn how to hold her breath, tread water, backstroke, and master the freestyle, definitely makes us very proud of her.
Through the years we have had many swimsuits. Since Miranda is in swim class year-round, we buy one new swimsuit every season because of the amount of wear and tear she puts these swimsuits through. For the last year or so, Miranda has been selecting her own swimsuits. This season she’s hand-picked Strawberry Fields one-piece swimsuit from the le•top Spring 2009 Collection. She likes the strawberries and flowers that adorn the yellow and white polka dot background. She also likes the big pink flower on the front. Most especially, she LOVES the hat! She can’t wear it to swim class but according to her, “This is perfect for when I go to the beach!”
This fruity fresh collection is available in stores now in sizes newborn to 6X. Use our store locator to find the nearest le•top retailer.
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Posted in Baby, Baby Clothes, Baby Gifts, Children's Clothes, Costumes, Cute, Gift Giving, le•top, Sale Price, Shopping, Sizes, tagged baby apparel, Baby Clothes, bathing suit, beach, Capitola, Capitola Village, Children's Clothes, children's apparel, European Children's Clothing, le top, le•top, letop, Little Loves Closet, Merchantile Shopping Center, Santa Cruz, Shopping, Super Bowl Sunday on February 4, 2009 |
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Little Loves Closet at 110 Stockton Avenue, Capitola, CA 95010
It was Super Bowl Sunday, and we were supposed to go to a Super Bowl party, but the weather was gorgeous, sunny and warm (especially for February)…who’d want to stay indoors? Since my husband isn’t a big baseball fan (yeah, I know, it’s football…that was a joke!), we decided to hit the beach. I love the quaint little town of Capitola in Santa Cruz, because not only am I a few feet from the ocean, but I can also shop! Capitola Village has the cutest children’s apparel store called Little Loves Closet (previously known as European Children’s Clothing). They have been in business for 10 years, and still going strong! I usually stop by there to pick something up for Miranda. I just love that store!
Little Loves Closet is located at 110 Stockton Avenue in the Merchantile Shopping Center. This charming sidewalk store carries the most fashionable children’s apparel at reasonable prices. And they always have a sale going on! They have a wide array of baby and children’s clothes (up to size 12) and a nice selection of le•top brand clothes for boys and girls (sizes 0 – 6x). Since they’re near the beach, they carry le•top bathing suits all year round! They also sell shoes and boots, rain coats, costumes, pajamas, and other accessories.
If you ever get a chance to visit Capitola, be sure to stop by Little Loves Closet. Or you can also visit them at littlelovescloset.com and shop online. They offer gift certificates, gift wrapping, and also have a calendar of events of what’s happening in Capitola.
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