Being a Mama is funny sometimes. In fact, Mama the other days just had to stop at the hilarity of the situation of three kids whining, crying and tantruming and just giggle. Why get mad when you could just laugh instead?
So this week it’s just plain HOT outside. Okay, for those of you in the midwest…we do have nothing to complain about but 83 degrees is hot around here. Mama has finally caught up with work and has a few minutes to take Baby Boy swimming in our community pool. Awesome, right? Well we finally get there…only to find out the pool is closed and drained on the hottest day of the year so far. BUMMER! He’s been so patient and really needs some time with Mama so what do we do…we go home and find our old baby pool to blow-up.
After spending a half-hour blowing it up, the pool is ready. CeCe and Baby Boy get in and are happy for about 15 minutes before the pool slowly starts to deflate…and soon becomes flat. WHAT?! Of course, a tiny hole because it hasn’t been used since last summer. So what do we do now? We head into the air conditioned car and go to Target to scout a new one out, since the air conditioner in our home broke and we still need to get the Air Conditioning Company to fix it. We scour the aisles and happen to find only 10 left. Three of which won’t work because they are Princess and then tucked in the way back…a Cars pool and it comes with a slide. Success! We run home and Mama reads the directions.
“Don’t use a high-power air compressor on this pool as it may damage the seams. Blow-up only via mouth or hand pump.”
Seriously?! Blow-up only by mouth??? Last time it took a half-hour with an air compressor. This is not looking good.
Mama starts blowing, and blowing and huffing and puffing for 15 solid minutes. Mama is feeling light-headed and the pool still looks deflated as does Baby Boy and CeCe has all but forgotten the fun of having a pool and has taken up shrieking instead. She’s not entertained by Mama blowing up the pool. Mama decides to ignore the instructions (men do it all the time!) and use the air compressor.
This pool is taking forever to blow-up but finally…finally, another 30 minutes go by and we have ourselves a backyard pool. Baby Boy immediately jumps in and CeCe decides to join him…but what about Mama? Mama is so HOT from all this air blowing and running to Target. Why not jump in too? So Mama sticks a few toes in and is quickly told by Baby Boy, “this pool is NOT for adults Mama. Only kids — see the box.”
Humph! He’s too smart for his own good. So here’s our pool for the summer and what we’re doing to stay cool and have fun at the same time. However, when it comes to water…the kids aren’t all that picky about how to play with it. Water balloons and water squirters for a good old fashioned water fight are always fun too and toddlers always love water tables to splash around in.
So this summer it’s all about water fun and cooling down…how do you like to play with your kids outdoors on a hot summer day?
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