My girls are at such a fun age to play in the water this year. Eleanor swims mostly independently now (with a lifevest on) and Jane, while she's not at all independent, is at least coming around on the water this year and can splash and play on the edges of the water by herself. Last year was hard because she wasn't walking yet, but this year has been a big improvement! We have spent every day we can near the water because the heat in Williamsburg is no joke. The summers here are somewhat dreadful in terms of temperature, so the fact that we are surrounded by water makes it all much more bearable. I love the lazy days of summer, but the older I get, the less I like the heat!
Hopefully Eleanor will learn how to swim this summer, too!