Meet Nee-Moo

We took a trip to Colorado this summer and while we were visiting our friends in Breckenridge, we stopped into Sweet Cow ice cream shop because the sign said, “Simply Moolicious”– and it was. In addition to tasty ice cream, the decor includes these cute little “bouncy cows” on shelves in neat little rows. After our second visit to the store, we decided to purchase one and bring him home with us.

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Meet Nee-Moo (you know, like “Nemo” from the Disney movie, Finding Nemo). He will accompany us on this year’s Colin’s Hope Got2Swim 10K and will need to be sure to train so that he is ready to help me keep Barrett (and the other swimmers) safe during this year’s swim. Nee-Moo will be on the kayak during our practice swims practicing his “spotting” techniques and learning how to hold the paddle when I need a break to feed Barrett.

I sense there will be many adventures in addition to his kayaking trips so we created an Instagram under SeeNeeMoo. You’ll be able to keep an eye on what he’s up to when he’s hanging out with us.

First Swim Training Session

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Second Swim Training Session

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Post Swim Coffee

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Another year . . . another Colin’s Hope Swim!!!

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Colin Hoist

The Colin’s Hope Got2Swim 10K will be held on the morning of Thursday, September 3rd. Swimmers will start their 10K (6.2 mile) swim from the Lake Hills Community Beach and swim towards the Pennybacker (360) bridge. Why would anyone want to swim 10K in any body of water? The only reason that matters is two words Colin Hoist.

At the age of 4, Colin, who had just successfully completed swim lessons, drowned in a shallow pool while playing with friends. In spite of the watchful eyes of family members an lifeguards, Colin slipped beneath the water surface and later was pulled from the shallow water–unconscious and not breathing. Colin’s family created Colin’s Hope to raise water safety awareness to prevent children from drowning.

Barrett and I raised money for the organization last year by participating in the swim. Yes, we raised $1500+ last year, but we also got to know Colin’s dad, Jeff, the executive director, Alissa Magrum, and the rest of the team that works tirelessly to shed light on swim safety and drowning prevention. What started out as “doing a fun event that has a good cause” has turned into a  personal interest to help prevent others from drowning.

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Lauryn, Tabitha and Dylan are personal enough reasons for us to continue swimming and raising money for Colin’s Hope to successfully continue its mission. We love our nieces and nephew (and countless other cousins) and want to make sure their parents (and others’ parents) know how to prevent drowning.

We are botimagesh training for this year’s swim. Barrett will be swimming and I will be his swim guardian. Each swimmer is required to have a swim guardian (a person in either in a kayak, canoe or on a SUP) and wear a SaferSwimmer while participating. We are both excited and looking forward to this year’s swim. Your support, whether financial or monetary, are genuinely appreciated!

Donations are accepted here and words of encouragement can be added to this post in the comments section.

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Swim Barrett Swim

Athlete Ambassador - Colin's Hope

Last month, my husband signed up to participate in a charity swim to help raise money and awareness for an organization called Colin’s Hope. Colin’s Hope raises water safety awareness to prevent children from drowning. The organization is named after Colin Hoist, a four-year old boy, who despite having participated in swimming lesson each year,  At the young age of 4,  drown in a neighborhood pool.  He was with his family, and under the close watch of adults, but in the blink of an eye something went wrong.

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Colin

Drowning is the number one cause of death for children under the age of 4! Fueled by their desire to prevent such a tragedy from happening time and time again to other children,  Colin’s family founded Colin’s Hope to promote water safety in their community and to educate children, parents, and lifeguards on drowning prevention.  Believing that a few simple tips and rules might make a difference in the life of another child keeps them passionate about their new purpose.

Each swimmer who participates in the charity swim must have a swim guardian accompany them. I will join Barrett on his swim as his swim guardian by paddling a kayak next to him, carrying nutrition and other items he may need along the way. We have both participated in many open water swims and understand the importance of water safety. This is our way to help a wonderful cause and also challenge ourselves. 11K is a long way to swim. 11K is also a long way to paddled. That’s a lot of husband/wife time too!

My swimmer!
My swimmer!

The Got2Swim Lake Austin 11K is scheduled for Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 7:30 AM. We are busy training and raising awareness along the way. Your help is appreciated in helping us raise $1000. Check out Barrett’s Fundraising Page. Tell a friend about Colin’s Hope too! The Colin’s Hope website is a great swim safety resource for adults and children.

In the meantime, we’ll be on the water!

Early morning swim - Lake Austin
Early morning swim – Lake Austin