It was a selfish move, really. I just didn’t want to listen to the kids complain for the rest of the summer about their not having anything but the tiny baby pool for water fun. So I took the group to Wal-Mart, where back-to-school shopping is well underway, and summer fun is demoted to a clearance rack. Luckily they had something called a snapit pool, or some such thing. It was $15. I snapped it up.
Kind of a pain to set up, with floppy plastic comprising its walls (but I guess that makes emptying it a breeze). I hope the kids don’t destroy it in one day:
(Ellie is just showing off her front floating skills, don’t worry!)
On the inside news, the cardboard box clubhouse is surviving, despite “upgrades” by the kids this morning. I couldn’t get too many good pictures (the room is very tiny and very dark). But here are a couple:
You can see how I used all of my skill as a cardboard expert to curve the tunnel across the midsection. Also, please notice the fine details in the windows and doors. I am master of the boxcutter tool! (I think that’s what it is called). I may let the kids paint it on the next rainy day — if it hasn’t been destroyed by then.
I am still a mean Mommy, though, please don’t misunderstand. Why, just last night, I took Joanna out of the shower when she refused to exit on her own volition after 10 minutes of my cajoling, pleading, demanding and threatening. I let her sit on the mat, wet and crying, while I cleaned Ellie. Then I made everyone go to bed — gasp! — at SCHOOL YEAR BEDTIME!
The pictures above simply evidence my lapses of meanness and military-like stringency. Seriously.
It will not happen again! (Hold on, I think it’s time to go biking. But after that, no more fun.)