Wednesday, July 14, 2010

A real summer day!

There isn't a whole lot out there that I won't try. I pride myself in being a daring person & not asking for help. That's the way I am. The whole "you made your bed, now you gotta lay in your bed" is pretty much my motto in so many ways. The day we found out we were having triplets & we decided to keep them all, I knew my life would be different in more ways than I ever could imagine. I guess I didn't realize how differently.

Where in the world am I going w/ this?

I somewhat envy those moms that can pack up their child & go somewhere it requires only the supervision of ONE adult. Mainly, the pool, as it is summer & hot. I was a pool rat. Lived there, slept there, played there, eventually became a lifeguard get the picture.

Did I mention how much better I look w/ a tan? Well, it's TRUE. There is just 1 tiny problem...or should I say 3 not so tiny problems. And, they really aren't "problems". I've stayed away from the big pool & I've stayed away from the inflatable baby pool in our very own backyard.

It has been killing me. Really. I'm meant to be outside. Although I don't love the heat, it is my friend & I do enjoy the activities associated w/ the warmer weather.

I'm a bit long winded but I guess I feel the need to explain before I get to the point b/c a lot of people just don't really understand how hard it is to have to always plan every moment out, to not be spontaneous (although I have gotten quite good at loading up the kids at the last minute & go to Target/Walmart/Hobby Lobby, etc.). And I don't want this post to seem like a pity party b/c it isn't that either. It's just me sharing the ways having 3 or more complicates the simplest things.

Back to the point. I've been trying to figure out the logistics of getting the kids in to the big baby pool we got for their b-day in March. How was I going to get their bathing suits on them, diapers, sunscreen, insect repellent (b/c if you live where I do, there are mosquitoes out ALL.THE.TIME.), water, towels...everything needed to not go back inside & leave the kids unattended in or near the water.

It's all the little things that add up. The only way is to actually do it, hit all the bumps & then plan accordingly. Like I said before, I don't like to reach out for help. Not really my style BUT I knew I would need help to do this, at least the first couple of times, until I had a road map drawn out.

Allison volunteered for the job. She came over yesterday & by the time she got here, we were already in the pool. The kids were having a blast & so was I. BUT, it was a good thing she was there. I had to go in a couple of times for little things & it was good to have her there to watch the kids.

It was good that she was there b/c we don't have a fenced in small area in our backyard & I was afraid the kids would want to run all over the place & although they didn't, they did get out & try to drag chairs in to the pool so again another example of why I didn't want to go at it alone.

Honestly, there were quite a few times it was good to have Allison there. She had my back. The kids had fun. I had fun. I'm pretty sure Allison had fun. And I felt accomplished. Like we actually experienced a REAL SUMMER DAY.

Mom, is this what I think it is?

Cuz Gabi had NO fear! As a matter of fact, the only time she got out was to check out the little splash pad.

I told you she was having a good time, esp when that volcano started spewing water! Ian soon followed while Sofi was a bit hesitant.

Doesn't this face SAY.IT.ALL.

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Oh, did I mention that the crocodile also spewed water? Can you tell how thrilled Sofi was?

Love this shot. Love this shirt.

After a good hour in the water, it was time for a snack at the picnic table.

Now, all we need is Daddy to join in & it will be perfect! Hoping to do this again Saturday :)


Sheila said...

Oh, how much fun that was!!!

Susan said...

I'm glad you finally got the kids out there! Yes, it's a challenge and I don't have any idea how to do it alone yet either. I don't think I'll attempt that until next year. Good job momma!

Christina said...

Yippee for water! We can't have a pool (even a small kids one) where we live so I count this as a huge blessing. Instead we go to my sis's (aka the only place that I can get help to watch the kids) the one trick I learned this summer, was aerosal sunscreen. The kids line up I do the front then they turn around do back then faces! Saves sooooooooo much time!

Texas Gal said...

Ditto Christina on the sunscreen!

So glad you did this Astrid -- so the real question is ---- How well did they nap?!? :)

BTW, guess who else LOVES the water. She would go in her kiddie pool ever day if I let her. But, alas, poor Lizzie... I HATE the heat so it is a rare treat!

Tonya said...

Fun fun FUN! They look like they are having a blast!

Samantha said...

Hey Astrid, have you guys tried a water table? We have the pirate ship one and the kids absolutely LOVE it! We fill it up everyday. They actually like it better than the baby pool!

Surviving Triplets said...

Samantha, yes...we have a water/sand table but the kids much prefer the baby pool judging by Tuesday. We are getting in today as well :)