I am Going to Need a Cabana Boy and a Fruity Drink

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.

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  1. Good idea, Mom! I do this too when The Dudes play in their water table. I usually throw in a couple of scrub brushes and get them to swab the deck while they are at it. The LOVE it and so do I!
    .-= Dumb Mom´s last blog ..Dumb Mom Unplugged =-.

  2. lol, i hear ya on that one!
    my little one hated the pool..
    but now, he hates when i tell him it is time to go inside!
    .-= noelle d´s last blog ..Rhoost – Review -amp Giveaway =-.

  3. Ha! I know that feeling! I like the bubble idea! Happy WW~

  4. Great Idea!! I have the opposite problem, I can’t get them OUT of the pool so I can even soak my feet! But I’d still take a cabana boy and the fruity drinks!
    .-= Erin´s last blog ..Paint me Beautiful =-.

  5. I have a very clear memory of putting bubbles in our kiddie pool when I was a kid. We played carwash and washed all of my friend’s brother’s Matchbox cars. It kept us occupied for at LEAST an hour.

    I’m down with the fruity drinks and cabana boys. Especially if they’ll do my laundry while I’m lounging. :)
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  6. Hahaha! Why do all children have ADD? Seriously just focus on doing one thing for AT LEAST 20-30 mins. Not. Possible.
    .-= Rachel {at} Mommy Needs a Vacation´s last blog ..Wordful Wednesday- My View =-.

  7. PS- Excellent idea about leaving them in the house and you in the pool. Need company? I will bring the fruity drinks.
    .-= Rachel {at} Mommy Needs a Vacation´s last blog ..Wordful Wednesday- My View =-.

  8. looks like fun and messy ..
    .-= julie@my5monkeys´s last blog ..Moaning Monday =-.

  9. How disappointing! I say go for the Cabana boy. Don’t forget to *lock* the kids in the house though!

  10. Dominique @Dominique's Desk says:

    The boys look like they are having so much fun!!

  11. hi..dropping by..boy, you sure are a great mum!..cute children you have there..=)
    .-= limberella´s last blog ..TO THE ONE GOD HAS DESTINED FOR ME =-.

  12. Carabee says:

    We’ve been spending a LOT of time out in our backyard oasis. We have a kiddie pool, slip n’slide, sprinklers and sprinkle pool. All of which will occupy my daughter for about 4 minutes. I need a cabana boy. To play with my kid.
    .-= Carabee´s last blog ..16-404 =-.

  13. Hahahahaha……hilarious!

    I used to fill up the pool and put the kiddy slide in it (from the swingset). That gave me about 30 minutes…….
    .-= Momma´s last blog ..a Girl wearing a Tractor shirt =-.

  14. Arrgh — isn’t that frustrating! My kids would NEVER do such a thing. Heh! ;0

    Definitely you get the pool and the fruity drink next time. Don’t forget the little umbrella for your drink!
    .-= Mrs.Mayhem´s last blog ..Cheapskate Vacation =-.

  15. Awesome. That is like bath time and entertainment all rolled into one.
    .-= Jennifer´s last blog ..The weight of motherhood =-.

  16. good idea!

    I could use a cabana boy too… I wonder if I can teach my son to work a corkscrew…..
    .-= tulpen´s last blog ..Team Edward- Team NAKED Edward =-.

  17. Great idea! We just splurged and got a $50 pool at Wal-mart w/ filter so we can leave it filled. After spending $20 on a blow up model that had 2-3 holes in it the 3rd time we used it. :eyeroll: Now, just need to get Jessie some neck muscles and a floaty so we can use it this summer :)
    .-= Wendy´s last blog ..Day 26 =-.

  18. But think of all the good memories you are making. . . .plenty of time later to sit in the pool by yourself :)
    .-= Brenda´s last blog ..Causa-TMTT =-.

  19. ha! Good idea with the bubbles. I just keep my feet in Delia’s pool, and we splash each other. That works for like 20 minutes. Then I just give her cups and buckets to pour things in and out of. :)
    .-= Kelly Deneen´s last blog ..Summer Vacation from Everything =-.

  20. hilarious – and so so very true! I need to try this bubble action!

  21. Great idea! I bet that was hours of entertainment!
    .-= Stacey´s last blog ..Not quite the afternoon I had in mind =-.

  22. Bubbles! Now that’s a good idea!

    Luckily mine is still fairly occupied by pool alone, the only problem being that we live in a 2nd floor apartment with a shared yard so I still have to be down there to supervise. But at least I can sit under a tree and read a book for 5 minutes!
    .-= Satakieli´s last blog ..Early Morning Walking =-.

  23. Love the bubbles but even better are the fruity drinks and the cabana boy. I think all mom’s should get an hour of relaxation with just that!
    .-= Tina @ Ride On Toys´s last blog ..A Plush Rocking Toy Will Stimulate In Many Different Ways =-.

  24. You convinced me to try it! 15 minutes is enough…!
    .-= sara@domesticallychallenged´s last blog ..Summer Fun- =-.

  25. So so true! Sunscreen, even the spray kinds are such a pain.; but you have to do it so it is just such a process. And yes next time you should join them :)
    .-= Emmy´s last blog ..Ten Things =-.

  26. Susie's Homemade says:

    Our cabana boy is name Fernando:-) He makes a mean strawberry magarita:-) (And then I woke up:-)

  27. So funny! Yeah i’m with you on the sitting in the pool myself….sounds very good right now.
    .-= Diane´s last blog ..What Do You Think =-.

  28. that looks like LOTS of fun! And a bonus that they get clean while playing! ha! How much soap did you put in???
    .-= Barbara Manatee´s last blog ..Directions for how to go from Baby to Big Boy in 25 seconds =-.

  29. What a great idea! My daughter loves to play in water or with water. I find myself sometimes just filling a BIG plastic bowel with water so she can play with it how she choosed on the deck.

  30. Connie @ Young and Relentless says:

    This is why I’m not getting one of those.

    Bobbi bought the kids a slip and slide (which I didn’t want by the way because the hospital is 30 minutes away) and they hated it (thank god) and cried and cried and cried.
    .-= Connie @ Young and Relentless´s last blog ..Wish You Were Here =-.

  31. Bubbles… genius!!
    .-= Susan @ Sassafrassery´s last blog ..Morning yawn =-.

  32. What a creative idea! Love your blog! Now following.

  33. Mine seem to be fascinated by water so I get about an hour before boredom sets in. Water toys also helps a lot.
    .-= cat@juggling act´s last blog ..So what does the world cup mean to you =-.

  34. This is just like playing in the snow … the effort to get ready far exceeds the time spend doing the activity. At least all their baths got done at once!
    .-= Jenners´s last blog ..It Is Summer So My Blogging Has Gone Down The Toilet =-.

  35. LOVE the bubbles! Oscar loves the water, and had a blast in his baby pool at first, but now he inexplicably doesn’t like it. Oh, toddlers! :)
    .-= Sandy´s last blog ..Wordless Wednesday–Daydream =-.

  36. For some reason, colouring the water of the pool with food dye keeps my kids occupied for longer. I don’t know why that is.
    .-= Crazy Sister´s last blog ..The Conclusion It WAS Glass- =-.

  37. This is a great idea! My child is the complete opposite. I can already envision her being wrinkled head to toe not wanting to come out….. wait, why am I complaining about that?! hehehe
    .-= Long-Winded Scribbler´s last blog ..the Queen really likes to make sure everyone is snuggly… =-.

  38. I’m cracking up here because I just published a post like this last night. Apparently we have been having similar issues. Maybe you don’t even need a cabana boy if you have your kids do all the running for your drinks, palm fronds and sunscreen it will keep them busy and out of trouble.
    .-= Catherine @ Evolving Mommy´s last blog ..All I Want is a Decent Return on My Investment =-.

  39. I am all for a cabana boy to serve fruity drinks.
    .-= marla hansen´s last blog ..Sundays In My City =-.

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