I was the only mom "cool" enough to go in the water. Some of the older boys went in by themselves and Elijah wanted to go. Since daddy is terrified of pond water and super grossed out by the idea of swimming in a pond where the muck on the bottom is knee deep, I was the one who stepped up to be Elijah's swimming buddy. We had a blast! The algae wan't too bad and the grass floating around we dubbed "turtle salad" so Elijah didn't freak out when it got on him.
Here's a video of Elijsh going under. He loved every minute of it.