One great things about summer is all the time that you get to spend in the water. Now, we don’t have a pool in our backyard but we do have a little kiddie pool. My kids really enjoy playing in the water so that means that I have to get the pool out and ready for them.
I trudge through the back yard, pulling the pool with me. I find the just the prefect spot to put it, not to sunny, not too hot. I get the hose and yank it across the yard. I fearlessly battle all the bugs and spiders around the water spout to connect the hose and turn the water on. I stand out there with the sun beating down on me causing the sweat to run down my back and start too pool in my bra. All of this just so I can fill the pool with water so that my kids can have a fun afternoon of swimming.
I then go back into the house, wrestle with each child to get them into their swimsuits. Lather each one in sunscreen, find everyone’s water shoes because heaven help us if their feet get dirty and then 30 minutes later send them on their marry way.
Then I sit down and settle in for a few minutes of peace. I breathe in the silence of the house and just as I am getting used to my peace, the door swings open and they all run back in the house saying they are done swimming.
Are you freaking kidding me?
I spent all that time getting them ready, getting the pool ready so that 10 minutes later they can all come back inside?
I think not.
So one afternoon, I decided to up the ante. I put something in the pool that I knew they could not resist. I just knew that this would make all my efforts worth while.
I added bubbles to the pool.
The kids LOVED this idea. They were so excited that for 15 minutes they couldn’t stop playing in the pool and bubbles, 15 minutes!
But there was a problem, the bubbles went away so then it was back in the house, telling me they were done.
I think that next time, I am going to leave them in the house and sit in the pool myself.
Bring on the fruity drinks and the cabana boys!
This post is part of Wordful Wednesday host by Angie.